dabbledoo_musicA New Method For Music Education

In 2008 I created a new system of music notation as part of a Masters in Music and Media Technology in Trinity College Dublin. My aim was to create a type of musical notation that could be used and understood by everyone, regardless of their previous musical experience. I wanted to create musical collaborations between professional and amateur musicians from different backgrounds and I found that traditional notation was not suitable for this purpose. [click to continue…]

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excited_megameetIn 2014 EXCITED held the first Digital Learning Festival in Dublin Castle. Last year it returned with a theme of “Growing the Network”. On Friday 20th and Saturday 21st May it once again visits Dublin Castle with a theme of “Celebrating Success and Sharing Innovation”.

Over the course of the two-day festival teachers, students, academics, policy makers and industry leaders will gather to celebrate and showcase groundbreaking innovation in Irish education. [click to continue…]

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Sentence Strips 12

by admin on 10/05/2016

sentence_strips_12aThis resource is aimed at pupils in first to third classes or SEN pupils. Its purpose is to assist with the understanding of both sentence structure and reading for meaning. These sentences are made up of six words.

Laminate all of the pages in the resource. Cut out the five sentence strips and the corresponding words, which are colour co-ordinated to assist with matching. Place velcro in each of the boxes on the sentence strips [click to continue…]

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Alphabetical Order Ladder 04

by admin on 10/05/2016

alphabetical_order_ladder_04This resource is aimed at giving pupils practice of ordering words by alphabetical order. The vocabulary used pertains to various items of clothing. There are five different sets of five words to place in order, based only on the first letter of the word. There is a reference image beside each word.

Laminate all pages in the resource. Leave page 1 intact and cut up the words [click to continue…]

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Statutory Vetting Has Commenced

by admin on 07/05/2016

GardaíThe Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, has announced that the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 is being commenced from 29 April 2016. The Acts provide a statutory basis for the vetting of persons carrying out relevant work with children or vulnerable persons. The Act also creates offences and penalties for persons who fail to comply with its provisions. [click to continue…]

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Book Review: Arrivals

May 7, 2016

“Arrivals” by Brian Gallagher is a book about a girl called Ciara and her granddad who has just died. She goes to visit his home in Ontario, Canada. She is excited because he left her a letter. In the letter she finds a riddle. Together with her Dad, she solves the riddle and it leads […]

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New Dublinia Interactive Resources Site

May 7, 2016

Dublinia, in conjunction with Dublin City Council, Scoilnet and Noho have recently launched a new Online Learning platform. Through audio-visual interactives, the platform introduces pupils to the history of Viking and medieval Dublin. Speaking about the launch of the website, Sheila Dooley, Curator and Education Officer of Dublinia remarked that the site

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Book Review: My Ireland Activity Book – The Wild Atlantic Way

May 7, 2016

“My Ireland Activity Book: The Wild Atlantic Way” – This book would be brilliant for keeping children entertained in the car if you are going on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is full of fun activities for children like word searches, crosswords, dot to dots etc. It also has stories and lots of facts for children to learn […]

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Gaeilge Resources

April 20, 2016

We are working on our Gaelbhratach in school this year and recently had some Gaeilge CPD in support of our work. It’s always difficult to come across resources to help with the teaching of Gaeilge in the classroom. The following are some sites that come recommended to source some books and resources online,

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Story Word List 01

April 18, 2016

This resource is aimed at pupils starting off on the road to writing. It consists of a really basic vocabulary to get them writing some basic sentences about any topic. It contains a general list of 44 words that they might need to write a basic story. It also includes

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Census 2016 Resources

April 14, 2016

The 2016 Census will take place on Sunday April 24th next, when every household in the country will complete their Census form. The census is a count of the population of the country. It also asks questions relating to every person in the country on Census night to collect information on a variety of important […]

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Under / Over Sorting 02

April 13, 2016

This resource is aimed at pupils in junior classes or pupils with speech and language difficulties. It focuses on the concept of the difference between under and over. This resource also aims to encourage the development of oral language skills. All three pages should firstly be laminated. The small images on page 3 should be […]

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Number Puzzle 12

April 12, 2016

This resource is aimed at pupils in middle classes or SEN pupils who are working on numbers. It is based on the consolidation of numbers in the range 25-34. The resource features images of children sleeping. Laminate all of the pages in the resource and cut each one up into ten separate strips. Laminate another […]

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Book Review: Storm Weaver

April 12, 2016

Storm Weaver is about four friends who go on a journey between realms. They set out on a quest to kill the evil Queen Maeve – she wants to be the Queen of the Gods. They want to stop her because she will only use her powers for evil. One of the four friends finds […]

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Under / Over Sorting 01

April 12, 2016

This resource is aimed at pupils in junior classes or pupils with speech and language difficulties. It focuses on the concept of the difference between under and over. This resource also aims to encourage the development of oral language skills. All three pages should firstly be laminated. The small images on page 3 should be cut out.

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