Category Archives: ICT

Spring Online CPD 2016

A New Year and maybe a resolution to get to grips with technology in your classroom?

To help you and your school effectively deliver Information Communications Technology (ICT)  in the classroom,   TeachNet is currently enrolling for it’s Spring Course Programme with four online courses. All our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including one designed to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.  TeachNet courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively.… Visit the author's original post

E-STEP: Supporting Teachers’ and Parents’ Partnerships through Social Networking Technologies

The International E-STEP conference took place in Athens on November 7th. It was hosted by the 8th International Conference in Open and Distance Learning 2015, “Innovation and Research in Open & Distance Learning and in Information Communications Technology.” 

Over the last couple of years, the E-STEP project set about helping teachers and school leaders acquire and reinforce attitudes, skills, and knowledge that will enable them to effectively enhance parental involvement in schooling and interact with parents through social networking technologies. This culminated in the development of a specialised Training Framework and supportive materials for teachers around Europe that enable them to:

  • support, engage and motivate parents to utilize social networking systems in order to collaborate with teachers.
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Sharing!

For the past two days I had the privilege of going to conferences where I shared the work that my school is doing (and has done) to develop our VLE.  

We were in the fortunate position that we had been using our VLE service for a number of years. In September 14 it  was offered by our managed service which we were delighted to see. 

  

This put our school in a unique position. We had a lot of trial and error before we got it working the way we wanted to and had overcome many challenges.… Visit the author's original post

Sharing!

For the past two days I had the privilege of going to conferences where I shared the work that my school is doing (and has done) to develop our VLE.  

We were in the fortunate position that we had been using our VLE service for a number of years. In September 14 it  was offered by our managed service which we were delighted to see. 

  

This put our school in a unique position. We had a lot of trial and error before we got it working the way we wanted to and had overcome many challenges.… Visit the author's original post

Presenting the Surface 3

The Surface 3 arrived in school and I had the pleasure of taking it home for a while to compare it to the Surface Pro3.

I liked that the S3 was more compact and found the camera was much better than the SP3. I have to say, I am still in love with my SP3 and anytime I use it at meetings or courses, it always attracts attention – especially with the pen! 

  
I was invited to present the S3 to our Senior Leadership Team.… Visit the author's original post

Presenting the Surface 3

The Surface 3 arrived in school and I had the pleasure of taking it home for a while to compare it to the Surface Pro3.

I liked that the S3 was more compact and found the camera was much better than the SP3. I have to say, I am still in love with my SP3 and anytime I use it at meetings or courses, it always attracts attention – especially with the pen! 

  
I was invited to present the S3 to our Senior Leadership Team.… Visit the author's original post

It’s Arrived!

There has been a lot of talk recently amongst those Expert Educators, using the Surface Pro 3, about the Surface 3.  

Yesterday I got word that I was getting a very exciting visit from my PIL Manager (Tom) and that he was bringing a delivery with him.

The delivery was the EE Surface Kit. It was a bit like Christmas when opening the box. Although I don’t know if I was more excited about the Surface 3 or the cape in the box!… Visit the author's original post

It’s Arrived!

There has been a lot of talk recently amongst those Expert Educators, using the Surface Pro 3, about the Surface 3.  

Yesterday I got word that I was getting a very exciting visit from my PIL Manager (Tom) and that he was bringing a delivery with him.

The delivery was the EE Surface Kit. It was a bit like Christmas when opening the box. Although I don’t know if I was more excited about the Surface 3 or the cape in the box!… Visit the author's original post

OneNote

I have been eagerly clicking the purple button and watching OneNote open on my SP3.  I briefly used it to make a few handwritten notes and reminders.

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to finally get a proper look at all of the features available and I was definitely not disappointed.  I gained a lot of insight from the OneNote for Teachers site (http://www.onenoteineducation.com/en-IE/Teachers).  There were plenty of helpful videos which showcased the capabilities of the application.

To practice using OneNote and get familiar with it, I created a holiday notebook of all travel arrangements for the summer. … Visit the author's original post

OneNote

I have been eagerly clicking the purple button and watching OneNote open on my SP3.  I briefly used it to make a few handwritten notes and reminders.

Screenshot (22)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to finally get a proper look at all of the features available and I was definitely not disappointed.  I gained a lot of insight from the OneNote for Teachers site (http://www.onenoteineducation.com/en-IE/Teachers).  There were plenty of helpful videos which showcased the capabilities of the application.

To practice using OneNote and get familiar with it, I created a holiday notebook of all travel arrangements for the summer. … Visit the author's original post

International Girlsday 2015 – Waarom werken in de ICT leuker is dan je denkt

“IT-branche? Daar werken toch alleen maar nerds?”. Het stereotype beeld van de man met een bril en ongestreken overhemd, zonder sociale vaardigheden, zit vastgekleefd aan het ICT-vakgebied. Misschien niet echt een aantrekkelijk beeld, wanneer je jong bent en op het punt staat om een studiekeuze te maken. Is dit een van de redenen waarom jonge meisjes (en misschien ook jongens) niet kiezen voor een studie in de IT?

Een onderzoek van de Europese Commissie laat ons zien dat slechts 29 van de 1.000 afgestudeerde vrouwen in Europa een IT-gerelateerde studie kiezen.… Visit the author's original post

Slimme auto’s door de vierde industriële revolutie

Technologie speelt een almaar grotere rol in onze levens. Door de opkomst van het internet of things (IoT) zijn steeds meer zaken verbonden met het internet. Auto’s vormen daarop geen uitzondering meer. Ook in de automotive-branche wordt de opmars van IoT nu al de vierde industriële revolutie genoemd, of industry 4.0.

Met die kennis is het dan ook niet heel erg verrassend dat automotive afgelopen week een belangrijke rol speelde op technologiebeurs Hannover Messe 2015, en dat het op de AutoRAI dit jaar meer dan ooit draait om ICT.… Visit the author's original post

Shaping the future – How Technology Can Lead to Educational Transformation

Last month David Puttnam, Digital Champion of Ireland, was in St Patrick’s College Drumcondra to officially launch ‘Shaping the future – How technology can lead to educational transformation’, a new publication edited by Deirdre Butler, Kevin Marshall and Margaret Leahy.

Shaping the Future book coverThe twenty-first century presents challenges and opportunities in equal magnitude to policy makers for information and communications technology (ICT) use in education. In today’s world of a changing workforce, rapid advancements in technology and in-creased global competition, learning is more critical than ever.… Visit the author's original post

Teacher Planner App – part2

I have been trying to find a good teacher planner app to replace iDoceo.  After searching on the Windows Store I found an app called “Good Plan”. 

It looks well but a few things could be made a bit more user friendly, such as the menu buttons. It would also be good if you could have an overview of the topics in the screen below.

 

The alternative I have been using is the calendar on Outlook. So far I quite like it as its across all devices I use.… Visit the author's original post

Teacher Planner App – part2

I have been trying to find a good teacher planner app to replace iDoceo.  After searching on the Windows Store I found an app called “Good Plan”. 

It looks well but a few things could be made a bit more user friendly, such as the menu buttons. It would also be good if you could have an overview of the topics in the screen below.

 

The alternative I have been using is the calendar on Outlook. So far I quite like it as its across all devices I use.… Visit the author's original post

Never thought I’d do it! 

Do what you wonder?… Hand back my iPad to school in favour of my Surface Pro3!

I know I have mentioned it before about my dilemma with switching from my beloved iPad to the Surface Pro 3. After using the SP3 for about a month I found that throughout that time I didn’t really pick up the iPad. 

Ok, the iPad is without a doubt lighter and more compact. From the moment I picked up the SP3 I loved the bigger screen.… Visit the author's original post

Never thought I’d do it! 

Do what you wonder?… Hand back my iPad to school in favour of my Surface Pro3!

I know I have mentioned it before about my dilemma with switching from my beloved iPad to the Surface Pro 3. After using the SP3 for about a month I found that throughout that time I didn’t really pick up the iPad. 

Ok, the iPad is without a doubt lighter and more compact. From the moment I picked up the SP3 I loved the bigger screen.… Visit the author's original post

It’s All on The Surface

You may have said the quote “It’s all on the surface” at some point in your life but today I found myself saying, actually it is!

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I have been preparing for our upcoming musical evening in school.  Thinking of how I could use the Surface most productively, I decided to use it as my sole device for choir practice.

  • I took the register on an Excel Spreadsheet
  • Used the Surface to read and highlight the music using OneNote
  • Connected the UE Boom to play the backing tracks (http://www.ultimateears.com/en-gb/boom) – fantastic piece of kit!
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A Week Without…

I survived! You might be asking what exactly? I decided that, to give my Surface Pro 3 a good chance, I would try a week without my iPad.

I am still getting used to the new OS but have to say, so far I’m impressed – I never thought I would admit that. Some of the things that I love about using the SP3 is OneNote and also the ability to save to OneDrive easily.  The only thing that I have missed is an app called iDoceo.… Visit the author's original post

Evolving Technologies

I have always been interested in innovative technology.  To this day, I still vividly remember my parents telling me when I was moving to “big school” (High School) that we were getting our first personal computer.  It arrived and was this “cream plastic box” of wonder and the dial up connection was the best thing ever, especially the dial tone upon connection.

From this day I was hooked and was always fascinated how this worked and if something didn’t work I was determined to fix it.  … Visit the author's original post

End of Road for Windows RT?

It is just about 17 months (back in September 2013} since I wrote about a Microsoft offer to Education whereby Microsoft were offering 32 Gb versions of their original Surface RT 10 inch tablets to their educational institution customers at a discounted price of just under  €200. At the time I considered that they represented good value for money for the following reasons:clip_image001.jpg

  • Wifi enabled 10 inch tablet device for browsing the internet, sending and receiving e-mails
  • Flash support already built into IE 10 and Windows RT
  • Skydrive cloud integration and the inclusion of Office 2013 RT apps (Word, Ecxel, Powerpoint and One Note)
  • Free upgrade available to the much awaited Windows RT 8.1

As we have used Flash cloud based applications in our school (3P Learnings Mathletics, Reading Eggspress and Spelling City) for a number of years to promote learning at home using digital devices that many of our pupils have access to, we decided to purchase a set of 12 of these Surface RT devices  for use in classrooms.… Visit the author's original post

Hari Krishna Arya: My Journey in Learning ICT

by Hari Krishna Arya
Expert Educator Columnist, India

“Every time you overcome a challenge, it will lift you up, build you strong and make it easier for you to overcome your next trial.” This is the beauty of challenges and I strongly believe in this. This always motivate me to do something new and unique. Here is my story of facing challenges and overcoming them.

I have been very passionate to use innovative practices in teaching and always wanted to do something new and exciting.… Visit the author's original post

Paulina Hernandez: Engage Your Students Through Animation!

by Paulina Hernandez
Expert Educator Columnist, Mexico

Today I’d like to tell you about the use of animation as a learning method in education.

In recent school years I have been working with projects where animation is concern. I have learned with my students about all the good work that it takes, so today I can say that it is an excellent method of learning that goes along with the use of ICT.

Why it is an excellent method for learning?… Visit the author's original post

Bijal Damani: My Tips for Successful ICT Integration

by Bijal Damani
Expert Educator Columnist, India

Wishing a very happy new year to all!

I am Bijal Damani teaching Business to Grade 11-12 students at The Galaxy Education System, Rajkot – India. In my first blog, I am going to talk about four points of why and how teachers should embrace technology in their classroom.

During my 15 years of teaching-learning experience, following are my observations about effective integration of technology into classroom.

Your lesson plan still matters

Being pressurized to use the technology, many teachers start with the technology first.… Visit the author's original post

DepEd Computerization Program (DCP) Orientation and Training of ICT Teachers for the 21st Century Skills Development under the Kto12 Program


The Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Leyte through the Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Ronelo Al K. Firmo and the Division ICT Coordinator Mr. Ismael T. Posion spearheaded the ICT training to teachers in relation to the Kto12 Curriculum and the 21st century education last November 2014. 

This training was also part of the commitment of Mr. Ernani S. Fernandez to the Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator Program, to train teachers on the use of technology in education and let the students acquire the 21st century skills.Visit the author's original post

Champa Rathnayake: Need To Use Technology In The Classroom

by Champa Rathnayake
Expert Educator Columnist, Sri Lanka

Some decades ago, the teachers get their pupils to use slates to write on. As a pre-school child I used a slate with pencils, which made with slate too. Sometimes it made a screeching sound when it scratches the slate surface. Sand boards are still used to train students the shapes of letters and numbers, in the kindergarten and primary classes. The way that I used them as a pupil, is a memory I still cherish.… Visit the author's original post

Ernani Fernandez: ICT Integration in Education

By Ernani Fernandez
Expert Educator Columnist, Philippines

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Hello Worldwide Expert Educators and to all the readers out there… welcome to my column!

Here, you will find the innovative strategies made by the teachers across the globe… how did they integrated technology in education and how their students acquired the 21st century skills. And you are all welcome to adopt their innovative strategies in teaching and suggest one which you think will works best.

I also encourage you to share your innovations in teaching so we can post it in my column.… Visit the author's original post

Bozena Kraj: Project Based Learning and Curiosity – Practice Makes Perfect

by Bozena Kraj
Expert Educator Columnist, Poland

As a Polish teacher working for a school, which is called a gymnasium (students are 13 -16 years old), I really appreciate Project Based Learning. A few years ago, obligatory school educational projects were introduced to secondary schools in my country. The educational rule says a student has to do at least one registered project during his/her three years at gymnasium; however, it seems that what is obligatory does not look as attractive as a project which is voluntary.… Visit the author's original post

An Hour of Code in 2014 – Ideas for your classroom

Want to join in on all the Hour of Code fun? Simply follow the Hour of Code guide, and pick an activity from some of the ideas below. Enjoy!

Hour of Code is taking place right across the globe this year from 8-14 December. This global movement introduces programming and coding to students and is growing from strength to strength with over 15 million students joining in an Hour of code from schools worldwide last year.… Visit the author's original post