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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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Assessing with ‘Google’ in the Primary School

Following on from last week’s insightful post on using ‘Online Assessments with Google Forms’, I considered the many other excellent assessment tools that Google Workspace for Education has to offer. This year, the ‘Digital Learning Plan’ in my school is focusing on moving towards collecting and sharing assessment data through digital means. Google Workspace for …

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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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Creating Our Future – #ScienceWeek 2021

Now in it’s 26th year, Science Week 2021 kicked off yesterday and runs until November 14th with the focus this year on “Creating Our Future, a national conversation between the general public, the research community and policy makers…” Science Week 2021 aims to give the public inspiration for ideas for the Creating Our Future campaign by providing …

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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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