Apps for ADHD and Productivity- Glorified or Justified

What is ADHD? Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is defined as a chronic condition including attention difficulty [distractibility], hyperactivity, and impulsiveness, all of which impact executive functioning. The Attention Deficit Disorder Coaching Academy (ADDCA) defines ADHD as a unique brain wiring which requires engaged interest with a clear, purposeful intention in order to activate and access …

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Negative Press Surrounding Back to School Costs Highlights Bigger Issue

Lack of Planning Detrimental to Digital Skill Acquisition in Irish Schools It’s that time of year again when the media covers the costs associated with education in Ireland. The usual suspects are ever present; the uniforms, the books, the busses, the ‘voluntary’ contribution – however this year particular ire was directed at the cost of …

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‘Cancel Culture’ and being ‘Cancelled’ – another way to cyber-bully?

This week my students and I had really interesting discussions about the role of social media (and the internet in general) in providing platforms for those individuals who wish to ‘cancel’ others. We discussed what the term meant and whether it was in fact nothing more than a ‘new’ way to enforce ‘political correctness’. We …

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Digital Strategy for Schools to 2027

The Department of Education launched their new Digital Strategy for Schools to 2027 on April 13th, just in time for the Easter education conferences. The strategy was developed after a comprehensive consultation process where the Department gathered the views of a wide range of stakeholders, including children and young people. Minister @NormaFoleyTD1 publishes Digital Strategy …

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The inherent, yet often overlooked, value of ‘Communities of Practice’

Being part of a community of practice is not something many teachers consciously think about. For most of us, the ‘chats’ we have with each other over a coffee are often concerned with something that we are experiencing in our classrooms. We share ideas, propose solutions, offer insights – without being conscious that what we …

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VR in Education: Opportunities vs Challenges

In a previous post, we shared the beginning of one Further Education and Training setting’s journey to implementing virtual reality (VR) into their teaching and learning programmes. (If you haven’t already, read the background story here on how the journey began and why we chose ClassVR).  The previous post posed many questions, but ended with these: …

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