Teaching News

Outdoor Classroom Day

by admin on 05/05/2017


Outdoor Classroom Day
, a worldwide day with a focus on learning and playing outdoors in school, takes place on Thursday May 18th.

Its aim is to give teachers and pupils an opportunity to try learning outside the classroom for the first time. For others who regularly learn and play outdoors, the day will be a celebration of what they are doing already and a chance to inspire other schools to get involved. [click to continue…]

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Poetry Day Ireland

by admin on 20/04/2017

Poetry Day Ireland is a major one-day festival of Irish poets and poetry at home and abroad. This year Poetry Day Ireland takes place on Thursday 27 April and the theme for the 2017 event is “Poetry Connects“. Events will be taking place all over the country on this day to celebrate poets and poetry. [click to continue…]

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Amnesty International Ireland run an Irish Aid funded CPD programme for primary school teachers called Rights Sparks. The Rights Sparks programme provides free CPD workshops to primary school teachers on human rights and development education methodologies which can be integrated into the curriculum. [click to continue…]

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BGE Student Theatre Awards

by admin on 06/01/2017

Now in it’s 4th year, the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards gives students, teachers and schools a chance to be recognised and rewarded for their participation in the dramatic arts. There are lots of budding actors, singers, dancers, choreographers and writers in schools and this might be their opportunity to shine. [click to continue…]

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Book Review: Your Precious Life

by admin on 30/12/2016

Having previously heard Shane Martin speak at an event, and having been really impressed with his presentation style as well as the message he was delivering, I was really interested when I found out that he was publishing a new book.

Having started off his professional life as a secondary school teacher, Shane subsequently trained as a psychologist. Shane is well acquainted with the field of education and travels the country delivering talks in schools on a variety of topics. [click to continue…]

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Dates For Your Diary For The New School Year

August 9, 2016

Thanks again to Ciara Brennan (@PrimEdTeacher on Twitter) for compiling this great 4th annual list of dates to keep in mind when doing lesson planning for the forthcoming school year. Save the dates in your school diary for the forthcoming school year. All of these dates give teachers great opportunities to celebrate special occasions in […]

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Statutory Vetting Has Commenced

May 7, 2016

The 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 […]

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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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Interview With Jan O’ Sullivan – Labour Party

February 20, 2016

Jan O’ Sullivan is the Labour Party TD for Limerick City. She was first elected to the Dáil in 1998 in a bye-election to fill the seat vacated by the death of Jim Kemmy. She has since been re-elected in three General Elections. She was appointed Minister For Education and Skills in July 2014.

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CESI Annual Conference 2016

January 27, 2016

It’s that time of year again when anticipation in educational technology circles in Ireland is building towards the annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) which will be held on Saturday February 27th. The theme of this year’s conference is “Our Digital Strategy – Making IT Matter“.

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Project 252 Update

December 21, 2015

At the start of the calendar year I wrote a post about a year long project called Project 252. The idea behind the project, organised by Enda Donlon, project was to crowd-source a list of Ed-tech tools in order to compile an A-Z directory. So, throughout this year 2015, there has been a focus every […]

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#Rang1916

November 12, 2015

Like many good ideas nowadays that have their genesis on social media, this idea began with a conversation on Twitter. Ciara Brennan (@PrimEdTeacher), a teacher in St. Peter’s Primary School, Bray, Co. Wicklow, was suggesting a common hashtag for schools to share all of the class work they were doing in connection with the centenary […]

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Volunteering With Global Schoolroom

November 3, 2015

Global Schoolroom is an  NGO that currently runs teacher training programmes in a remote region in NE India with the aim of improving education standards through a mutually beneficial scheme. Global Schoolroom recruits Irish teachers on a voluntary basis from September until mid-November each year. Those applying commit to training one weekend a month from January until July, […]

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World Education Games

September 28, 2015

The World Education Games (WEG) will take place from October 13th – 15th. The World Education Games is the expanded format of what was once World Maths Day and now includes World Literacy Day and World Science Day. It is the world’s largest online educational competition with over five million school students aged 4-18 from over […]

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#EducationDay on Twitter

September 23, 2015

The communications team at Twitter in Dublin have made contact to let us know that Twitter is hosting #EducationDay on Thursday, October 15 in Ireland and across Europe. #EducationDay will celebrate the role that Twitter can and, indeed, already does play in the classroom. Be it through student-centred participation or teachers sharing their experience and […]

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