Technology

CESI Conference Revisited

by admin on 19/03/2017

A very successful CESI (Computers in Education Society of Ireland) Conference was recently held in Dublin. “Making Connections – Transformation Through Technology and Teamwork” was the theme of the conference. The Regency Hotel was the venue on Friday night for the CESI Teach-Meet where there was a great variety [click to continue…]

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Digital Age of Consent

by admin on 07/01/2017

I must admit that I wasn’t aware until recently that there existed a notion called the “Digital Age of Consent“. Apparently the European Union will in 2018 enact legislation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to determine the age at which providers of online goods and services (eg. gaming platforms and social media apps and websites) offered to children should seek the consent or authorisation of the child’s parent or guardian. [click to continue…]

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The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, has announced a new grant for the purchase of ICT infrastructure. Today’s announcement of a €30m investment is the first part of the implementation of the government’s €210m Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020, first launched by the previous Minister, Jan O’ Sullivan in November 2015. [click to continue…]

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nollaig_ar_scoilAfter the unexpected success of the Hallowe’en Twitter Project (#SamhainArScoil), where so many schools Tweeted about what they were doing in their classrooms on the theme of Hallowe’en, we decided to follow this up with a Christmas-themed Twitter Project: #NollaigArScoil

The idea was thrown out there to teachers and schools to join in the project and they didn’t disappoint, they just ran with the idea. So, in the run-up to the holidays [click to continue…]

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Live Streaming on Twitter

by admin on 20/12/2016

live_stream_03Twitter purchased the live video streaming app Periscope for a sizeable sum in early 2015, before it had even been officially launched. Periscope, another social media application, allows users to tell their news via live streaming of video.

In the past week, Twitter has integrated Periscope into its native app to allow its users to broadcast live video through the app, in an attempt to compete with Facebook Live launched earlier this year. [click to continue…]

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Adobe Spark

December 16, 2016

Adobe Spark is a free web and iOS mobile app for the creation of images, animated videos and web pages. With little skill involved, the app allows the user to create professional-looking content that can be shared online or through social networks. The app is template driven, which means that the user just has to […]

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Christmas Twitter Project

December 11, 2016

After the unexpected success of the Hallowe’en Twitter Project, where so many schools Tweeted about what they were doing in their classrooms on the theme of Hallowe’en, I immediately thought that such a Twitter project would be great to do at Christmas. So, “Nollaig Ar Scoil” was born! The idea is really simple, and it’s […]

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Seesaw App

December 11, 2016

Seesaw is an app for the development of student digital portfolios. It allows the teacher to set up “journals” for each of the pupils in the class. The pupil can then upload their work to their journal in the form of photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs and links. In the case of photos, for example, […]

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Aip Nua Cúla 4

November 16, 2016

Tá Aip nua spleodrach thaitneamhach ar fáil anois ar Sheinnteoir Cúla4.  Cruthaíodh agus leagadh amach go speisialta í chun ábhar mealltach, spraíúil Gaeilge a chur ar fáil do dhaoine óga.  Tá ábhar Cúla4 le fáil uirthi agus déantar an t-ábhar a nuashonrú gach lá. Tá dhá zón ar an Aip

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Hallowe’en Twitter Project

October 23, 2016

I’ve been so preoccupied with my own work at school, that I’d quite forgotten about organising the fifth Signs of Autumn Twitter Project this term. Given that Autumn is already well on the road and winter is gradually approaching, I thought that we might try something a little different for the final week before the […]

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Animal Homes QR Codes

October 16, 2016

We’re doing some work on animal homes at the moment as part of a theme on Houses and Homes. We did lots of work on identifying the names of a variety of animals and the names of the special homes that they live in. As part of a follow-up to those lessons, I created these […]

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Instagram for Your Class or School

September 29, 2016

Instagram is a mobile photo and video sharing app and social networking platform that allows users to upload photos and videos to share with friends and followers either privately or publicly. It also allows you to edit the photos and to use filters to create some cool effects. While perhaps not as popular as some […]

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Coding in Primary Schools – The Cart Before the Horse?

July 28, 2016

On my return from holiday I noticed that while I was away the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, announced that coding was to be introduced into primary schools. I’ve been trying to catch up on the reaction by educators to the announcement – I emphasise that it was the reaction of educators I […]

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Guest Post: DabbleDoo Primary Music Resource

May 20, 2016

A 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 […]

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Excited Digital Learning Festival 2016

May 12, 2016

In 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, […]

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