Brainstorming and mind mapping are very popular teaching strategies and methodologies that can be used across a variety of curricular areas. Many will use the blackboard/whiteboard for a mind mapping/brainstorming session but what about a digital alternative? Let me introduce you to Mindmeister. Mindmeister.com is an online mind-mapping application. Users can create simple or complex …

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Digital Storytelling

Literacy and numeracy have become major issues for concern in recent times. Several reports on these topics are in the public domain and in one report, “Incidental Inspection Findings 2010”, inspectors call for “urgent school improvements” and the provision of CPD (continuous professional development) for teachers to focus on the teaching of literacy and numeracy.  …

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Digital Cre8or

​ Digital Cre8or is a new and exciting course where both teachers and pupils can learn all about creating and sharing digital media. The Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology has setup Digital Cre8or Ireland as a not for profit organisation that offers the British Computer Society’s Digital Cre8or award to teachers and …

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Towards the Paperless Classroom

Last week, Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger told schoolkids to throw away their textbooks to help the state avoid bankruptcy.  He referred to textbooks as being “outdated” and too expensive. California currently spends more than $400m annually on school textbooks. Instead of textbooks, the Californian Learning Resource Network will evaluate and list free and commercial online …

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How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website

Web 2.0 tools have made it possible for anyone to use digital media in their webpages or blogs.  This article from the Digital Inspiration Blog provides a handy reference forembedding almost anything in your HTML web pages from Flash videos to Spreadsheets to high resolution photographs to static images from Google Maps and more.

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