BETT is Back

For the first time since the beginning of 2020, Bett (British Educational Training and Technology Show) returned to the ExCeL Arena in London to reunite the global education community in person. The show ran from the 23rd -25th March and I was lucky to be one of the 30,000 plus people to walk through the …

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New Blended Leaving Cert Polish in CMETB

As Teaching and Learning slowly emerges from the past two pandemic-struck years that saw unprecedented formal education closures, the emergence of (emergency) remote instruction and the almost universal adaptation of digital learning tools across the board. There had been much written (Here and beyond) about Why Learning in a Post-Pandemic World Will Never Be the …

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New Funding for Schools to Address the Digital Divide

There has been a warm welcome for the 50m in grant funding to Irish schools that was recently announced by Minister Foley.The funding was secured as part of a major investment programme for the Department of Education in the government’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) approved by the European Council. Minister for Education Norma …

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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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National Geographic MapMaker

National Geographic MapMaker is a nice mapping tool that I’ve used in the past with my students. It was recently updated with an improved user interface, additional data sets, and more annotation tools.  With NatGeo MapMaker you can create custom maps to display datasets, to compare datasets and to illustrate correlations and geographical points. National Geographic MapMaker includes …

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