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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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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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Online Assessments via Google Forms

The rise in the use of digital technologies in secondary schools for teaching and learning purposes is widely evident, particularly since the Covid-19 pandemic, whereby emergency remote learning has been a major factor in student’s learning over the past two academic years. Despite technology being utilised as an educational tool for teaching and learning, such …

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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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