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Microsoft Teams – Your Ever-evolving Digital Classroom

“Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place, letting educators create vibrant learning environments. Build collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and connect with colleagues – all from a single experience.” Microsoft To put it more succinctly, Teams is a powerful digital hub that centralises learning, …

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EU Council Adopts Recommendation on Blended Learning Approaches

On November 29th the EU Council adopted a recommendation on blended learning approaches to achieve the goal of high-quality and inclusive primary and secondary education. The Slovenian Minister of Education, Science and Sport made the observation at the adopting of the recommendation. The Council Recommendation runs to 23 pages and on page 12 defines blended …

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Viva Forever?

In the past few weeks, Microsoft officially launched Microsoft Viva and made some substantial changes to Microsoft Educator Centre. Microsoft Viva is a product aimed at employee engagement within MS Teams. It consists of a number of parts but one element of interest to educators is the Viva Learning section.The Learning section in Viva combines …

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Book Creator – Developing the Writing Process

Much of the narrative around education currently surrounds what children have lost out on and how they have regressed socially/academically as a result of the Covid pandemic. While this is undoubtedly true, I have not noticed a huge drop in children’s reading standards. However, it is writing, and the writing process in particular, where I …

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Turn on, tune in, learning started- podcasts for own professional development

One of the consequences of the pandemic lockdown has been my increase in the number of podcasts I am listening to. Like an “audio”holic, I will listen to any podcast that crosses my path at least once, as I do think a diversity of content is important.  To me, a good podcast is like eavesdropping on an intelligent conversation between two experts …

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Transform Teaching & Learning with Microsoft Tools

Next week Exertis Ireland in association with Microsoft and Lenovo are hosting two live webinars, one for Primary schools on Wednesday October 6th @ 3pm and one for Post-primary schools on Thursday October 7th @ 4pm. These live sessions are designed specifically for school leaders and teachers interested in discovering how Microsoft technologies can support …

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