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Science Blast Goes Virtual in 2021

As with so many things in this new reality we find ourselves in, ESB Science Blast is moving online for 2021. Whilst going virtual is a necessity in this pandemic, organisers expect the move will increase participation among 8-12 year olds as content and resources will be more accessible and will engage your entire class with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) interactively…If your teaching a cohort in this age…

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Science Week Goes Virtual

Celebrating 25 years, Science Week 2020 will be a week like no other and is Will take place from November 8th to 15th, in the midst of a global pandemic and a national lockdown.  Science Week Ireland is all about celebrating science in our everyday lives. Previously, the Science Week programme would be packed with face-to-face workshops, science shows, talks, laboratory demonstrations, science walks and other science-related events. This year’s…

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Get Into CodeWeek 2020

EU Code Week 2020 is already in full flow, running from October 10th – 25th (Code Fortnight really!) and in the light of the current global health crisis, organisers are bringing more coding activities online and launching new, fun and engaging activities that you can join remotely at home or in school. To make it easier to take part in activities remotely a  live calendar of featured online activities is…

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Let’s Go Virtual!

In June of this year Kieran Kelly blogged about bringing new life back into his school’s 34 Windows XP computers by going down the road of a clean re-install. This batch of PC’s were rejuvenated and Kieran was looking forward to the new academic year and a whole lot less hassle from IT related issues. However a recent announcement about XP has probably cast a shadow over Kieran’s hopes and…

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To the Top of the World and Beyond – Virtually!

Virtual field trips are a wonderful way of introducing a class of students to the world of Exploration and Discovery. Gone are the days when an SESE lesson on this topic focused on static images and copious pages of text. Instead, teachers can now give pupils the freedom to explore and research the Great Outdoors and beyond! I intend to focus on just three Virtual resources in this blog; the…

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World Wonders Project

Google is releasing a new online project that will give users the ability to virtually explore historical sites around the world. The World Wonders Project​ is probably best described as a multimedia encyclopedia of 132 historic and notable sites across five continents. The project assembles Google Streetview imagery, Google Earth 3D buildings, UNESCO World Heritage information, videos, and pictures on one page. Visitors to the World Wonders Project can move…

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Do We Need a National Virtual Learning Environment?

I read with interest recently in the ‘Best Schools’ (PDF) supplement of the Sunday Business Post that plans are going ahead to rollout a national VLE. First mooted in ‘The Smart Schools = Smart Economy’ report in 2009, NCTE are expected to put to tender the building of such a VLE later this year. At this stage what’s envisaged is a Moodle based platform that will link all of Ireland’s…

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