Category Archives: software

John Paul College – Equipping technology confidence for the future

John Paul College in Queensland prides itself on delivering enhanced learning experiences for students and equipping them for the future.

The college has junior to senior levels of education, including Prep to year 12 levels with more than 2000 devices connected to the college network.

Currently the college uses these Microsoft products:

Windows 10 Education Edition

To fulfil its long-term STEM and digital transformation strategy, John Paul College extended its one-to-one program by rolling-out Windows 10 Education Edition across 1,600 student devices, giving teachers and students access to the latest education-ready Windows Store resources.Visit the author's original post

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

The Digital Strategy for Schools

digital strategy screengrabThe Department of Education and Skills (DES) recently launched their Digital Strategy for Schools, 2015-2020; Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Assessment. This is the latest in a series of strategies and policy statements since December 1997 when the Department launched Schools IT2000. I have to declare up-front that I was involved the creation of both documents. So what is new, if anything, in this strategy
This strategy is based on evidence that was gathered over a period of 3 years to inform the vision and plan of action the DES will implement over the next 5 years.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Office 2016

Microsoft released their latest version of their productivity suite Office 2016 just over a week ago. It doesn’t come as a surprise that this new version of Office has close integration with Office 365 which Microsoft has being encouraging users to sign up to for some time now. Subscribers of Office 365 can dowoffice2016-1nload Office 2016 by signing into the Office 365 portal and follow the instructions for installing Office that pop up after signing in. Where a school has signed up for Office 365 for Education, teachers and students are entitled to install Office 2016 for free as outlined in a previous posting here on the Teachnet Blog.… Visit the author's original post

Math Worksheet Generator

MEN logoThe Microsoft Educator Network has an ever-growing list of free resources and, at the start of a new academic school year, there’s nothing like having a collection of powerful educational tools gathered into one convenient online space.
icon Math Worksheet Generator is one of the many free downloads in the Educator Network and it is a great resource to have installed on a class desktop PC or laptop. Installation after downloading is straightforward and fast.
mathgeninstall Although the program itself takes up a very small footprint on the screen, it produces a wide variety of worksheets that can cater to the needs of pupils in both Primary and Post Primary classes.… Visit the author's original post

TeachNet Summer Courses Closing Soon…

Summer Course logo 2015It’s the last week of summer courses for 2015, with all EPV day approved courses closing this Friday, August 21st. To mark the end of what is now our 9th year as an online course provider we’re offering 50% off one course when two people enrol in any of the four courses.

To avail of this offer, you and a colleague can enrol at www.teachnet.ie/courses/enrol/ for your preferred courses and then email cpd@teachnet.ie or call 01-4806208 to get the discount.  

2015 Online Courses

Simply click on the link to find out more and to book your place today…

Getting Started with ICT TeachNet CPD screenshot
Getting Started – Computer Basics for Teachers
This course is for beginners, learn how to use a computer and the Internet in your classroom

ICT in the Classroom
Getting the Most from your Interactive Whiteboard
Are you using your Interactive Whiteboard to its full potential?  Easy to use ideas and examples for learning in the classroom.Visit the author's original post

Canva – Great Lesson Plans for both Primary and Post-Primary Teachers

What is Canva and why should teachers use it?

Canva is an online tool for designing infographics, collages, flyers, and slides. It’s free and there is no need to download any software to your iPad, tablet, PC or laptop to use it.

canva 2

Canva is a web application, which means you use it in your web browser. Students can use Canva to display key information in a visually compelling way. The benefits of visual content and depicting ideas and concepts through images has long been valued.… Visit the author's original post

Migrating to Windows 8.1 in a Primary School

 

Over the last few years we have moved from Windows XP to using Windows 7 throughout the school on desktop and laptop computers. This move was very smooth on the whole and the vast majority of the wide range of applications that teachers and pupils use throughout the school migrated from XP to Windows 7 without any major problems. Windows 8.1Recently we received a donation of a new laptop computer. The operating system on this laptop was Windows 8.1 which is  quite common on most new pc’s and laptops on sale today.… Visit the author's original post

Software Usability in Education

As many of you know, I have been working on my PhD in Individualising instruction for all learners.  As part of this, I had to complete some qualitative data (Interview) analysis.  I initially did all of this in Microsoft Word.  All was fine, but I was struggling when it came to identifying themes. Upon concluding a Bing search, I learned that the recommended software for such a task is NVivo.  I downloaded NVivo 10 and completed the relevant updates.  It is an amazing piece of Software, but it has taken me about 3 hours to master.  … Visit the author's original post

Online Courses Spring 2015

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 our latest course 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