Category Archives: Web

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

ClassFlow – Updated for Mobile Browsers

Over the last twelve months or so in a number of postings we have followed Promethean’s developments with ClassFlow – their cloud based lesson preparation and assessment toolkit. Readers who have been followed my  postings in November 2014, December 2014, January 2015 and June 2015 will recall that Promethean have been updating their versions of ClassFlow every few months. Well Promethean have also been listening to feedback from ClassFlow users on the ClassFlow forums and have taken on board feedback from those teachers who are using ClassFlow.… Visit the author's original post

“Someone Like Me” – Essay Winner Announced

Someone Like Me launch eventIn September we highlighted a new  Department of Justice and Equality sponsored competition aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards disability in schools and celebrating differences. On Thursday last, Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin  presented 12 year old Kerry  native, Bríd Courtney with this prestigious award at a special Awards Ceremony in Farmleigh House’ Dublin.

The awards were the culmination of a new national essay competition, entitled ‘Someone Like Me”’ designed to promote and highlight positive attitudes towards disability in primary schools.… Visit the author's original post

Light Speed

Image4 Finally it’s a reality; a reality that carries a side bar of lots and lots of “No’s”! Light speed broadband with no bottlenecks, no copper cables, no long download times, no live-streaming lags and no other nationwide roll out anywhere else in Europe!
Siro is now delivering a total fibre to building solution to a select few “beta-test” homes and businesses in Dundalk and several other towns, providing them with 1 Gigabit bandwidth, that’s 1,000 Mbps, yes, no typo, 1,000 Mbps, internet access.… Visit the author's original post

MOOCs on the rise in Europe

Massive Open Online Courses – What Would You Like to Learn?

Back to the Future MOOCs questionThe New York Times christened 2012 the year of the MOOC and there was massive hype around the launch of services such as edX and Coursera around this time. However, as we near the end of 2015 the word MOOC is heard less often, so has it gone away? The short answer is no but the entire concept of MOOCs is evolving and major differences are appearing between the US and Europe in relation to their potential role within education.… Visit the author's original post

Cracking the Code…Again?

Circa this time last year I blogged about Cracking the Code, a post highlighting the ever growing popularity of coding activities in Ireland and it would appear that this growth has continued in spades, the number of Coder Dojo clubs for instance this time last year was 77 that number’s now in excess of 200. However as previously mooted much of the publicity around coding tends to be focused on after school activities  however there are many schools nationwide doing pioneering work in this space also.… Visit the author's original post

Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math is a Mathematics story based resource for parents and children that is aimed to foster parent/child interactions around Mathematics in the home. The resource has been developed by the Bedtime Math Foundation (a non profit making organisation funded by private donations) founded by Laura Bilodeau Overdeck. Laura aims to make Maths as playful for today’s children as it was for her when she was a child. In her own childhood, Laura’s mam had her baking while still in nappies and her dad had her using power tools measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process.… Visit the author's original post

Using Quizizz for Assessment in the Primary Classroom

I recently came across a new online quiz tool “Quizizz” and quickly realised its potential as an online assessment tool for the primary classroom. Quizizz+1-pagerSimilar in ways to “Kahoot“, Quizizz provides realtime feedback to a teacher and their pupils as they engage with a series of questions on tablet devices, mobile phones, laptops or desktop PCs. Quizzes can be created from scratch or can be selected from a bank of quizzes created by other users of the website.… Visit the author's original post

Celebrate their Differences

NO REPO FEE 16-9-2015 CHILDREN URGED TO “CELEBRATE THEIR DIFFERENCES”   Pic shows: Children’s author and rugby analyst Brent Pope  with primary school pupils (L-R) Misha Carroll (7) , Ruben  Pituc (7), Emma Moran (6) and Giancarlo Calegari (7) of Gardiner Street Convent School at the launch of Primary School competition promoting positive attitudes towards disabilities in Ireland in Dublin. Pic: Maxwell’s   CHILDREN URGED TO “CELEBRATE THEIR DIFFERENCES”   BRENT POPE JOINS MINISTER OF STATE AODHÁN Ó RÍORDAIN T.D. TO LAUNCH PRIMARY SCHOOLS COMPETITION PROMOTING POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARDS DISABILITIES IN IRELAND  Children’s author and rugby analyst Brent Pope took time out of his busy schedule ahead of the Rugby World Cup to join Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin T.D. and pupils from schools across Dublin including Gardiner Street Convent School, CRC School in Clontarf and St. Audoens, National School, Cook St today in Merrion Square to promote positive attitudes towards disability in schools around the country with the launch of a national primary schools essay competition entitled ‘Someone Like Me’.   With over 53,000 children under 15 years of age with disabilities in Ireland, primary schools around the country are being asked to encourage as many children as possible to get involved in the Department of Justice and Equality’s competition and celebrate the differences which make both themselves and their schoolmates unique. ‘Someone Like Me’ – New national primary schools essay competition

With over 53,000 children under 15 years of age with disabilities in Ireland, primary schools around the country are being asked to encourage as many children as possible to get involved in the Department of Justice and Equality’s competition and celebrate the differences which make both themselves and their schoolmates unique.

Brent Pope, rugby pundit author of many children’s books including Woody the Whale, The Wheezing Wolf, Bones, Arnold The Anteater and The Adventures of Herbie will be one of the judges of the competition.… Visit the author's original post

Online Autumn CPD

Special Offer: 50% off one course when two people sign up!…Read more 

TeachNet’s Autumn online course programme is now live with 4 online courses 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”.  All our 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

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…

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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

Summer Courses 2015–Special Offer!

50% off one course when two people sign up!

To help you and your school effectively deliver Information Communications Technology (ICT)  in the classroom,  TeachNet Ireland is offering four accredited online courses this summer.  For a limited time only,  we’re offering 50% off one course when two people enrol in any of our four courses.
To avail of this offer, you can both enrol for your preferred courses and then email cpd@teachnet.ie or call 01-4806208 to get the discount.  

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Demo: Tablet Course – Online Publishing

2015 Online Courses

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

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Getting Started with ICT
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.

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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

Saving to the Cloud for free

cloudAnytime, anywhere access to your files is an important feature of computing today. The days of carrying a USB stick from home to school with Lesson Plans, Notes and Schemes should be a thing of the past! Files accessed and modified on a computer or tablet in school can be accessed from home if the files are stored using one of the many cloud storage services that are available for free. Additional features of cloud storage mean that files can be easily shared and if stored across several providers then multiple copies can be securely kept in different places.… Visit the author's original post

MOOCs for Teacher CPD

What is available?

MOOC word cloudMOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses have been all the rage for the past few years with some claiming that they will disrupt our existing model of higher education and open education to the masses. Well that has not happened as yet but they are certainly opening up new opportunities for learning, particularly for professionals and that includes teachers.

We must remember that MOOCs are relatively new and that 2012 is often viewed as the Year of the MOOC, so we are really only at the beginning of this journey.… Visit the author's original post

TechFriday video 12 – Mijn website als app met de Web App Template

Je hebt net al je tijd en energie gestopt in een mooie en nieuwe HTML5 website die responsive is en dus werkt op mobiel, tablet en PC, maar eigenlijk wil je ook nog een App hebben. Een App ontwikkelen kost ook weer tijd en energie, terwijl je dit net allemaal hebt gedaan voor je nieuwe website. Gelukkig is er een handige en makkelijke manier om je bestaande HTML5 website om te zetten in een App; dit kan namelijk met de Web App Template (WAT).… Visit the author's original post

Wat doet Microsoft voor het Web en HTML5 apps? – TechFriday, aflevering 11

Webtechnologieën en standaarden zoals HTML5 en CCS3 worden niet alleen gebruikt voor websites maar ook steeds meer om apps te ontwikkelen. Dit wordt vaak gedaan om cross platform apps te ontwikkelen voor meerdere apparaten en besturingssystemen. Met de Visual Studio Tools voor Apache Cordova maak je gebruik van de kracht van Visual Studio om cross platform HTML5 apps te ontwikkelen voor bijvoorbeeld Android of iOS. Martin Tirion (Microsoft) laat in deze TechFriday video zien hoe je bijvoorbeeld een Android App kan maken met Visual Studio en Cordova.… Visit the author's original post

Khan Academy – Mathletes

While wondering around the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2015 I came across the project titled “MATHletes: Male vs Female, primary v secondary”. This project investigated which gender and which school level either primary or secondary, is more engaged in MATHletes used through Khan Academy.

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Up to this point I had heard about MATHletes and Khan Academy, but never really went and researched it. This project sparked me into action and I went about checking out how I could be involved in MATHletes and Khan Academy.… Visit the author's original post

Writing using a Web 2.0 tool.

Cover imageBoomwriter is a web site hosting three areas that creative teachers can use across several curriculum subjects. The main feature of each distinct but inter-related area is a text entry / writing tool that students can use to create a piece of writing. Area 1 – “Story Starts” features several pages of starting paragraphs or story chapters broken into Basic, Intermediate and Advanced categories. While the Basic category would probably suit 6th class pupils, teachers can also upload their own story starters.… Visit the author's original post

DIY Wi-Fi Part 2

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In my first instalment charting our experience of setting up a multi-access point (roaming) wireless network in school, I mentioned that some of the quotes for installs ranged from anything from €10,000 for mid-sized primaries up  €50,000 and beyond for larger schools. Needless to say we hadn’t that kind of spare change so decided to adapt a more DIY approach minus the bells and whistles but fully functioning and costing less than 2000. What follows is the detail of the steps we took and the equipment used but first where we starting from….+

network_cablesOur school is a single story building built in the late seventies and from end to end over 120 metres length.… 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

Transmedia Storytelling

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Jason Ohler is an enthusiastic proponent of Digital Storytelling and Literacy. In 2005 Jason spent some time in Cork as part of a program called “Stories of Culture and Place” in association with the University of Alasks’s Geography Program. He helped pupils create stories with original artwork and then edit them into a production using a green screen (Chroma screen) environment. You can read about the process here on Jason’s own website.
Recently I read a quote from Jason about “Transmedia Storytelling”.… Visit the author's original post

DIY Wi-Fi Part 1

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No matter where you turn these days you see new Wi-Fi hotspots popping up, all fuelled by our desire to be online 24/7 and further evidence (if needed) of the seismic shift in recent years away from traditional computing to mobile anytime, anywhere access. This move towards wireless mobility has of course began to permeate the education sector here with wire-free mobile learning the goal for many of our primary and secondary schools, with laptop carts, tablets  smart phones and even e-readers replacing traditional computer labs.… Visit the author's original post

Virtually Anywhere

Most teachers in Ireland have been there! We all know the scenario! A typical miserable, wet winter’s Friday afternoon and the pupils haven’t been to the yard at lunch time. The classroom is gloomy, the pupils are restless and the going home bell is still a good two hours away!
An ideal opportunity to take the pupils out of the classroom and into a place of excitement and learning without ever having to open the classroom door. Virtual tours are popping up all over the Web; most reputable museums have virtual tours and so do some research trips that are exploring far flung parts of the globe.… Visit the author's original post

Schools Broadband Network – Youtube Videos and Google Images Blocked

Over the last few weeks, teachers and pupils alike have experienced difficulties searching online for videos on Youtube and images from Google images. This wasn’t expected, as we are currently on Level 4 of the Content Filtering whereby access to Youtube is allowed. It is quite understandable, that in the case of teachers who have been accustomed to sourcing educational video clips from sites such as Youtube etc. for their teaching  that they would have a difficulty understanding why they couldn’t suddenly access Youtube videos that could be accessed last week, month or year. … Visit the author's original post

Maths Eyes

As the summer holidays approach and the pupils in my class head off to different parts of the world and the country on their holidays the last thing they think about is maths! So over the last week we have being training up our Maths Eyes. So when they do leave I hope they will be still learning about maths! Grasping at straws I know, but I have to be optimistic. For those of you that haven’t come across Maths Eyes here is a bit of back ground: “Having Maths Eyes changes the view of mathematics as being something everyone just does in school.Visit the author's original post