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Book Rental GuidelinesThe Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has announced that all primary schools who currently operate a school book rental scheme will be able to benefit from the €15 million School Book Rental Scheme Fund which he secured as part of Budget 2014. Last October, the Minister was criticised when he announced that the €15 million fund would be targeted specifically at primary schools who did not currently operate a book rental scheme.Many schools who already had a scheme in place felt that they were being discriminated against for having the initiative to fund-raise in order to set up such a scheme. [click to continue…]

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Tech Week 2014

by admin on 16/04/2014

Tech Week 2014The inaugural Tech Week takes place from Sunday April 27th to Saturday May 3rd. It is a festival of technology that will give pupils, parents and the public hands on opportunities (both in and out of the school setting) to learn about 3rd-level and career options in computing and other technology fields. It aims to make technology more interesting [click to continue…]

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Book Review: Rugby Warrior

by admin on 14/04/2014

Rugby WarriorEoin Madden is young boy who aspires to play for Ireland’s rugby squad in the future. While becoming captain of his school rugby team he has to put up with his friends and the dilemma of whether or not to tell the coach to put them in the starting 15.

Eoin Madden goes to Castlerock Secondary School and his dream is to become an Irish rugby player when he is older. This is Eoin’s second year going to the school and in the first year he kicked the winning penalty in the Aviva stadium to win the Father Geoghegan Cup. [click to continue…]

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PDST Literacy Conference

by admin on 10/04/2014

PDST Literacy ConferenceThe Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) have organised a conference entitled “Literacy Teaching and Learning – Bringing It All Together” on Saturday June 7th. With Keynote Speakers Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin, the conference will also feature a number of workshops on various aspects of literacy including: [click to continue…]

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Digital Art Week 2014

by admin on 10/04/2014

Digital Art Week 2014The week after the Easter break (April 28th to May 2nd) sees the arrival of our 4th annual Digital Art Week. This gives primary school children around Ireland the opportunity to share their digital art with other children around the country and complete some fun visual arts activities. As it’s digital, over the course of the week, schools will use digital tools such as Twitter in order to learn about art and to create their own pieces of work. [click to continue…]

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Book Review: Blood Brother, Swan Sister

April 8, 2014

This was an interesting book, which had a lot of confusing parts and was a little too magical for a historical book, but the characters were well made and it was good overall. The people were realistic and the attitudes of the youngsters were very detailed. But I thought there were maybe too many characters, […]

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ISPCC ‘Stay Silent So Children Can Be Heard’ Campaign

April 7, 2014

RTE’s Fair City teen star Niamh Quirke is supporting Childline’s campaign ‘Stay Silent So Children Can Be Heard’, in a bid to encourage the nation to hold a sponsored silence on Friday May 2nd to help Childline make the leap from a traditional phone listening service into the online world.

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Lettertec Competition

April 7, 2014

Lettertec is one of Ireland’s leading design & print specialists. It is a market leader in book binding /self-publishing, providing quality integrated design, print and binding solutions for all printing requirements. Founded in 1983,  Lettertec is an independent Irish-owned company located in Carrigtwohill, Co.Cork. Lettertec supplies Primary School Journals, brochures, leaflets, calendars and has recently launched a […]

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Buzzing With Books Conference

April 4, 2014

Buzzing with Books, a conference to celebrate children’s engagement with literature, will take place on May 22nd and 23rd in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. The conference promises to be of particular benefit and interest for primary school teachers, as a range of educational workshops will focus on the newest methods of teaching literacy in the […]

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Kidblog in the Classroom

April 4, 2014

Check out this article I wrote for the April 2014 edition of InTouch, the INTO magazine for primary school teachers, entitled “Get Pupils Blogging With Kidblog”. It charts the progress of a group of 6th class pupils as they blogged their way through their final year in primary school using the Kidblog platform. The article […]

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Taibhse: Léirmheas

March 11, 2014

Teideal: Na Bleachtairí: Taibhse Príomhcharachtair: Brian, Lakshmi, Tomáisín agus Síle. Coimriú: Tá fuaim aisteach le cloisteáil ó theach Lakshmi. Tá na bleachtairí ar an gcás, ach níl leid le fáil in aon áit. An dtiocfaidh siad ar leid ar deireadh, nó an é seo cás amháin nach féidir a réitiú?

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Signs of Spring 2014 Twitter Project Transcript

March 8, 2014

The Signs of Spring Twitter 2014 Project completed by schools across the country last week was a great success. Indeed schools from outside Ireland also took part. There was a great variety of stories, observations, images, photographs, videos all recording the arrival of Spring 2014. A Transcript of the Twitter Project has now been put […]

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A Digital Response to the Class Novel

March 3, 2014

This resource was the presentation I gave to the Annual CESI (Computers in Education Society of Ireland) Conference in Galway on March 1st, 2014. The presentation was an attempt at demonstrating how technology could be used to provide a different, perhaps more interesting, response to the class novel or other fiction work in the classroom in […]

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Guest Post – Using Tablets For Numeracy: Part 2

March 2, 2014

This is the second instalment of Joanne Gilmartin’s Guest Post on Using Tablets for Numeracy. In her first post she gave some examples of websites and apps that are useful for tackling various aspects/strands of the mathematics curriculum. In her first instalment, Joanne mentioned websites like Technology Made Easy (TME) and APPitic as well as […]

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Trócaire Lenten Resources 2014

March 2, 2014

Next Wednesday, March 5th marks the beginning of Lent 2014 and, as usual, the Trócaire charity has produced some great classroom resources to coincide with the season of Lent. “Make Every Drop Count” is the theme of the resources this year and there are separate resources for Primary pupils, Post-Primary pupils and resources as Gaeilge for […]

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