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Can you recommend headsets for recording for classroom use?

This question is an interesting one as I would have had a completely different answer 10 years ago. It just goes to show how quickly technology moves on! Most computers, laptops and mobile devices have inbuilt microphones in them, which are generally quite good, particularly for classroom use. Therefore, I would suggest that if your recording is simply for recording reading, then using the device’s own inbuilt microphone will be perfect. If for some reason, your device doesn’t have an inbuilt Read More...

Server or cloud storage or both?

Should schools buy a server or use cloud storage or should they have a combination of the two? This is a very good question with no exact answers as the decision will be dependent on each school’s needs. However, I will attempt to give some ideas as to what might require a server and what might require a cloud storage. For those who don’t know what either of these terms mean, here is a very short description. A server is a Read More...

Which would you use G Suite or Aladdin?

(This question has been sent in by an Anseo.net reader.) This is a hard question to answer because G Suite and Aladdin are as different as lemons and oranges. However, like lemons and oranges share many traits, Aladdin and G Suite also have a number of things in common. G Suite for Education made by Google is a suite of apps such as a Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Form Builder, Email, and so on. Aladdin is a Student Management Information System. However, Read More...

How do I set up multiple E-mail accounts in G Suite?

A school got in contact with me who have a website made with Weebly but they want to give each student an email address using G Suite. Presumably, the website has a domain address; so let’s call this school “Scoil Simon” and their website is scoilsimon.ie The school needs to set themselves up using G Suite for Education rather than setting up a single email address. To do this, you need to set yourself up on on G Suite for Read More...

I’ve lost my driver to my Interactive Whiteboard

Back in the mid-noughties, there were nearly 30 brands of Interactive Whiteboard on the market. Within a few years, most of the companies that sold these boards either went out of business or simply stopped selling these boards. When schools bought these boards, the companies usually came into the school and set them up. This including installing the board’s drivers on to whatever laptop was being used. Laptops generally die after a few years so it’s necessary to replace Read More...

My projector has broken. Should I replace my Interactive Whiteboard?

Traditionally, Interactive Whiteboards come in two main parts – the board and the projector. The board is usually something that will last a long time but the projector usually needs more maintenance. Bulbs tend to blow every 3-5 years and the filters often need cleaning. Technology, as we know, moves quickly so by the time a projector bulb goes, there’s usually a nicer model of Interactive Whiteboard on the market and the temptation is to go all out and replace the Read More...

Has any country used Smartphones in primary schools?

In a word, the answer to this question is yes. Smartphones are becoming a highly relevant and useful tool for the primary classroom. With more and more young people owning Smartphones, the concept of BYOD (Bring your own device) is gaining popularity everywhere, including Ireland. Some would argue that schools should be providing children with the hardware to perform whatever tasks they might need to do as it prevents security issues or misuse of technology. For example, if a child brings Read More...

Overhead Projectors vs Visualisers

I received the following comment about an article written about visualisers and thought I’d address it: I am a primary music teacher used to using an OHP and acetates for songs. This works very well as I can stand behind the machine and children can see my mouth shapes and hear my voice as I sing. Now I am told I have to use a visualiser and doubt it will be as effective a tool as the OHP. Not sure Read More...

Will I buy Refurbished iPads or new iPads?

I’m a big fan of refurbished computer equipment. Not only are the computers good enough for my needs, they also are much cheaper than the full-price models. The only consideration, really, is that often the after sales support might be better with an new computer. However, is this the case with iPads? Right now, one can buy a refurbished iPad for a couple of hundred euro cheaper than a brand new iPad. They generally also come with a one-year guarantee, which is Read More...

Someone has set up a Social Media account in the name of the school

One of the problems with most social media services is that anyone can set up a profile without proving that they represent the entity. Schools are no exception and it is becoming common that parents, former pupils and even staff members are taking it upon themselves to create Facebook Pages, Instagram Profiles and Snapchat accounts in the name of their school, without asking permission of the school. Ultimately, doing this does not break any laws, so what can a school do Read More...

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