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Book Review: The Watching Wood

by admin on 30/10/2014

the_watching_woodThe Watching Wood, by Erika McGann, is set in a school for the magical. It is full of shapeshifters and dark fairies. A girl called Grace is the main character. She has to try and get her friends out of this school to where they have been brought. Adie, Delilah (very quiet), Una (not the cleverest), Jenny (always gets into trouble) and Rachel (just loves fashion) are her friends. They had been kidnapped. A girl called Aura tries to help them escape. [click to continue…]

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Book Review: Sally Go Round the Stars

by admin on 25/10/2014

Sally Go Round the StarsSally Go Round the Stars is an eyecatching book. My initial impression was formed by the wonderful graphics and illustrations. While they illustrate the poems, they also draw your imagination in to create a scene behind and around the characters. It encourages you to develop a narrative around the characters and the text.

As the saying goes “a picture paints a thousand words” and a couple that come to mind are “There was an Old Woman” which very cleverly shows the contents of her stomach, there is also” Skinny Malink” and “Little Miss Muffet”. “Incy Wincy Spider” cleverly illustrates a complex maze of pipes for the poor spider to climb! [click to continue…]

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Sick LeaveOn 1st September 2014 a revised sick leave scheme came in to effect for teachers. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) issued Circular 59/2014 which outlines teachers’ sick leave entitlements. There are a number of significant changes in the revised sick leave scheme compared to the previous scheme. [click to continue…]

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Eco Detectives Website

by admin on 18/10/2014

Eco DEco Detectivesetectives is an interactive education portal designed to introduce primary school pupils to the issues of Climate Change and the Environment. Firmly embedded in curriculum learning objectives, the website aims to provide pupils with valuable knowledge and skills and the ability to think critically about their own actions within their community.

The website was piloted over a two-year period in primary schools where teachers were able to link the resource to the areas [click to continue…]

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Guest Post: Service Your Laptop

by admin on 18/10/2014

LaptopServicing a laptop may seem a daunting task and beyond the reach of most people. However, Hassan Dabbagh has put together these tips for servicing a laptop for the novice:

1) Power up laptop. [click to continue…]

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FÍS Film Project

October 17, 2014

The FÍS Film Project is currently thriving in Irish primary schools. The project encourages children to explore the medium of film and develops essential skills in moving-image literacy, communication, teamwork, visual arts and numeracy in addition to a creating an engaging approach to the curriculum.

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Signs of Autumn 2014 Twitter Project Review

October 11, 2014

The Signs of Autumn 2014 Twitter Project took place last week and many schools across the country took part. There were also contributions from a school in Canada and another in Australia. Because it is spring in Australia, it was interesting to compare the seasons in different parts of the world. 83 schools and teachers took part […]

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Maths Week 2014

October 9, 2014

Maths Week Ireland 2014 takes place from 11th – 19th October this year. Maths Week Ireland promotes awareness, appreciation and understanding of maths through a huge variety of events and activities. It is a great opportunity for schools to place an added emphasis on the importance of maths and how it affects our daily lives. […]

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Book Review: Milo and the Pirate Sisters

October 3, 2014

The Milo Adventures: Milo and the Pirate Sister. Main Characters: Milo: Clever, fun and loving boy. Shane: Funny, loves food, caring boy. Big Ella: Shane’s Gran, strong-minded and caring lady. Mister Lewis: Delicate ghost, caring and friendly.

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Signs of Autumn 2014 Twitter Project

September 30, 2014

After what has  been an exceptionally mild September, the days are gradually closing in and the autumn weather is making its presence felt. That can only mean that it’s time for the “Signs of Autumn 2014 Twitter Project”. This will be the third autumn Twitter project and it has been a great success. Many teachers reported […]

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Topics for Minister For Education on #EdChatIE

September 28, 2014

As you may know, the new Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan TD, has agreed to be a special guest in the weekly #EdChatIE Twitter chat on this Monday evening, September 29th. The Twitter chat will take more of a “question and answer” format on the night. Fred Boss of the NCCA is the […]

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New Minister For Education To Take Part in #EdChatIE

September 22, 2014

The new Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’ Sullivan TD has agreed to be a special guest in the weekly #EdChatIE Twitter chat next Monday, September 29th. The Twitter chat will take more of a “question and answer” format on this night. Fred Boss, the organiser of the weekly chats, is looking for suggested […]

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CoderDojo Conference 2014

September 22, 2014

The 3rd Annual International CoderDojo Conference (DojoCon) is set to take place on Friday October 3rd (evening) and Saturday October 4th in Sligo. The conference will gather together Parents, Mentors, Educators, Technologists and pretty much anybody with an interest in CoderDojo. The theme for the Conference is “Look to the Stars; Enthuse, Create, Collaborate“. In […]

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Tree Day 2014

September 17, 2014

The Tree Council of Ireland, supported by Tetra Pak, is calling on primary schools around Ireland to plant a tree to mark Tree Day 2014 on Thursday 9th October. As part of this year’s campaign, themed ‘What Can We Learn About Trees?’ or ‘Cad Is Féidir Linn A Fhoghlaim Faoi Chrainn?’, over 1,000 alder trees […]

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Book Review: Black Wreath

September 17, 2014

The book is about a fair haired boy that lived in the 1700’s called James Lovett. He was the son of Lord Dunmain and the heir to the Lord Dunmain title. His father was a horrible man and for money he left his only son to live on the dangerous streets of Dublin. James had […]

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