Seasonal Table Quizzes

by admin on 11/12/2014

Advent Table QuizTable Quizzes are a great way for pupils to learn so many different skills. They help with listening skills, team work, and the reinforcement of the learning content of that particular table quiz. They are also great at particular times of the year and allow the class/school to focus on a particular topic through the medium of the table quiz. [click to continue…]

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RDS Primary Science Fair LogoThis January over 2,700 4th, 5th and 6th class students from across the country will be at the RDS Primary Science Fair (PSF) with their class projects that answer questions such as ‘Do cows have blue eyes?’ ‘Why don’t aeroplanes fall from the sky?’ and ‘What type of cup keeps liquid hot the longest?’

Such was the interest in the fair that a 43% increase in applicants saw the 2015 event oversubscribed by 130%, with half of the schools being first time entrants. [click to continue…]

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Fit 4 Skool Website

by admin on 08/12/2014

Fit 4 SkoolFit4Skool is a new, innovative online resource to increase physical activity and healthy eating in school. It will support teachers in the delivery of the P.E. curriculum by incorporating fundamental movements and skills, warm-up games, stretches and assessments.

The content is delivered through a digital learning platform allowing the children to engage in an exciting and stimulating manner. The content is age appropriate and students can access the programme at home using their individual access codes. [click to continue…]

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Edublog Awards 2014It’s that time of year again when the educational blogosphere turns its attention to the international Edublog Awards which is now in its eleventh year. Apart from Seomra Ranga (which has been nominated in three different categories), Irish blogs feature in the nominations for many of the categories. I’m also delighted that many of the Seomra Ranga nominees have made it to the final list. The following is a list of the Irish nominees [click to continue…]

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Edublog Awards Best Individual BlogSeomra Ranga has again this year been selected as a finalist in the international Edublog Awards in three different categories: Best Individual Blog, Best Teacher Blog and Best Ed Tech/Resource Sharing Blog. The Edublog Awards were set up to promote and celebrate the value of blogs and social media in education. Seomra Ranga previously won the overall Best Individual Blog at the Edublog Awards 2012.

Many thanks to those who nominated Seomra Ranga for different categories this year. Now is the time to ask for your votes. [click to continue…]

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Book Review: Zig and Zag: The Fridge in a Denim Jacket

November 30, 2014

This was a great book. It was hilarious because it had lots of jokes. I thought the speech bubbles were very funny. The pictures were very detailed and colourful. This would be suitable for kids aged 6 to 10. I would give it 9 out of 10.

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Apps For SEN Pupils

November 27, 2014

Last weekend, I presented at the inaugural Donegal Teachmeet, organised by four excellent local educators. This resource is the presentation I delivered on apps suitable for working with SEN pupils. The focus was on iPad apps as it is iPads that we have in our ASD unit. There are recommendations for ten different apps in […]

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Fuaim U / Fuaim C Gaeilge Phonics Apps

November 20, 2014

Fuaim-U and Fuaim-C  are Irish phonics apps that follows a phonic programme for children learning to read and spell in Irish. They begin with basic CVC words and progress to longer words, multisyllabic words, words with aspiration and lenition, broad and slender words and then the variations of spelling for the long vowel sounds.

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Ireland: Province and County Test

November 19, 2014

This Powerpoint presentation consists of an editable geography test based on the provinces and counties of Ireland. The teacher should place the animated discs on the desired province/county before running the presentation. The position of the animated discs can be changed again and again to create a fun and interesting test for pupils to enjoy.

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Edublog Awards 2014 Nominations

November 19, 2014

This is the eleventh year of the international Edublog Awards whose aim is to “promote and demonstrate the educational values” of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.

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Don’t Mention It! 01

November 16, 2014

This is an oral language activity in a Powerpoint Presentation that can be done with pupils probably in the middle/senior classes. A pupil stands with their back to the IWB screen while another pupil faces the screen and describes to the first pupil what the object on the screen is. However, they must not mention any […]

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Hinky Pinkie Pelmanism 01

November 15, 2014

Pelmanism is the name of the memory game which you play by turning up pairs of cards from a pack and trying to pick out matching pairs. It is named after the Pelman Institute which was set up for the study of memory in London in the 1930s. Hinkie Pinkies is an activity based on […]

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Young Inventors 2014 Competition

November 12, 2014

Primary schools throughout Ireland are being encouraged to take part in Rapid Online’s Young Inventors 2014 Competition in a bid to find the country’s next big inventor. Any pupil who is bursting with ideas and enthusiasm is encouraged to enter the competition by Friday November 21st 2014. They have the opportunity to win one of five LEGO […]

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Debates 01

November 10, 2014

Getting pupils debating, even at primary school age, has great benefits and advantages. Debating enhances cognitive and language abilities and encourages pupils to be more confident in expressing their viewpoint. It requires skills in research, formulating an argument, listening and responding to opposing arguments and even arguing in favour of a motion with which you […]

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What Is She/He Doing? 05

November 10, 2014

This resource is aimed at pupils in junior classes or pupils with speech and language difficulties. Its aim is to encourage oral language, especially verbs, and sentence structure. The focus can also be on the pronouns he, she and they. The teacher can start with the question at the top of each card: “What is/are […]

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