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We’re buying a class set of tablets, which would you recommend between Android and iPad?

When a school is set on the idea of buying tablets, often the next question that’s asked is which type of tablet should they get. Usually, the choice I’m given when recommending is: Android or iPad. Despite the fact that I’m not that keen on the idea of tablets as really good learning devices, I always have to mention that there two other options for those wanting to buy tablets. First there is Microsoft Surface, a Windows-based tablet. Lately, Google Read More...

We bought iPads but our wifi is poor. What do we do?

I received the following query today. We have recently purchased iPads in our school. We ran a summer course on using iPads only to discover that the wifi is very poor on the ground floor of the school. Have you any suggestions on how to go about improving the wifi in the school? If I had a euro for every time I’ve received this query, I’d probably have enough to buy an iPad! The companies selling iPads, one might argue, should Read More...

Cost of setting up an email address for each member of staff

A school can create a free email address for members of staff if they wish by using any free email service but in order to have something that can be managed, a very small investment is probably needed. Interestingly, the investment is for a domain name rather than for email addresses per se. In my school, the teachers have an email address along the line s of [NAME]@[SCHOOLNAME].ie. I had to buy the domain, which generally sets one back Read More...

My pen for my IWB is broken. Can I use any Interactive pen?

Interactive Whiteboards comes in a few different flavours these days. The two main categories can be loosely described as: Traditional Interactive Whiteboards Interactive Touch Screens The second type is the newer type of board and is basically a giant TV screen which can be interacted with touch. It doesn’t require a particular stylus so most people simply use their finger. Traditional Interactive Whiteboards have been around for the best part of 25 years and have gone through a number of changes. Basically, they Read More...

What is IGTV?

Social Media is ever evolving and the latest potential big thing is IGTV (Instagram Television) where you can now upload videos up to 10 minutes long on your own Instagram TV channel. It’s only been out a day or two so there’s probably going to be a few changes as time goes on but the general idea is that the Instagram account holder records a video and uses this service to upload it, and it can be watched by Read More...

What should schools do regarding smartphone & tablet use?

The Department of Education decided to release a rather odd circular (38/2018) on the use of smartphones and tablet devices in order for them to update or replace their existing whole school policy on ICT. Schools are being asked to decide on a number of issues: The appropriate use, if any, of tablet devices and smart phones in school The issues governing the use of smart phones and tablet devices with regard to, for example, recording videos, taking photos The nature and Read More...

What do I do about GDPR if I have a teacher blog?

Lots of teachers have blogs today where they share some of their classroom practice. With the new rules around GDPR coming up shortly, like all websites, they will have to ensure that they are compliant. I am not an expert in this area so this guide is merely a starting point to get you going. Ultimately, what you need to do depends on what information you keep about people that interact with your blog or website. If you are simply Read More...

How do I add a Cookies’ Notice to my School Website?

Under GDPR rules, after May 25th, your school website will have to have a notice to say that it uses cookies. If you don’t know what cookies are, in summary, they are something that keeps a little bit of a user’s data on your website. Because it isn’t your data, under GDPR law, you will have to let the user know that you are using them. Because your website is very very likely to store these cookies even without Read More...

What is the best value teacher laptop for basic needs?

Laptops seems to be like fashion. Sometimes, there’s a huge variety of things to choose from and then at other times, it’s as if everyone is wearing the same thing. Writing this in the middle of 2018, we are somewhere near the former with a large variety of options available. There are a number of decisions that need to be made before you even get into the nitty gritty. The first big decision is what Operating System you would Read More...

Chromebook Questions

Here are some questions I was asked by a teacher who is looking into buying Chromebooks. I am no expert but learning loads about them at the moment so will update this article as I learn more. Are Chromebooks easy to administer? ( I worked in IT for about 10 years, and have pretty ok knowledge of Windows Active Directory) Yes and no. If you are familiar with Active Directory, you’ll understand that 🙂 The Admin of G Suite is really Read More...

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