Category Archives: Technology

New Google Sites

Google Sites is one of the more underused apps in G Suite (the new name for Google Apps for Education). I've been using it for a number of years in school for newsletters and internal staff memos. Unfortunately, while functional, Google Sites was not particularly attractive. However, its great strength, for me, was how one could insert all sorts of content from Google into it. For example, adding forms, maps and so on was a breeze.However, it's fair to Read More...

Empathy and ClassDojo

ClassDojo are currently running a fantastic series on empathy and it got me thinking about how the Empathy and ClassDojo can be linked in the classroom. Empathy is one of the most important skills that a child needs to navigate the world. However, in is increasingly being reported that children are lacking in this very important skill in Irish schools. We are seeing an increase in children not being able to understand that what they may say or do can Read More...

Review: Prowise Interactive LCD Screen

We haven't reviewed an Interactive Whiteboard for a while so it was lovely to receive an invitation from Prowise to have a look at their new Interactive LCD Screen. In the fashion conscious world of interactive screens, Interactive Whiteboards are becoming "so last season" and if you were to believe the hype, it's all about touch-based LCD screens. There's pros and cons to both and I wouldn't be replacing working Interactive Whiteboards with LCD screens yet. However, if you Read More...

Why I’m not excited about the latest coding announcement

Politicians are funny people. They seem to be completely obsessed with short term thinking while saying things like we need to look at the bigger picture. For example, every so often when a multinational company complains that they can't find workers, some politicians decide that the answer to this problem is to introduce coding into the primary and secondary school curriculum. As the years go on, the media become frenzied about this and everyone decides that schools now need to teach Read More...

Google Sites getting a makeover at last!

Google Sites must be the forgotten child of Google Apps. While almost all of Google's services have been given a lovely makeover with nice new functionality, Google Sites has been left in its functional but reasonably outdated state for quite some time. Things like adding galleries or decent blogs or anything remotely modern looking have been missing for quite some time. However, good news is on the way with an all new Google Sites. Some Google Teachers have been Read More...

Review: Adobe Slide

I am attending a PDST Tutor training 2-day course in Dublin today and tomorrow. I'm facilitating a PDST Tech in Ed course for teachers this July so I am bring brought up to speed with all the latest and most loved educational/tech resources that are being looked at by the PDST.Some of you may have heard of Adobe Spark but if you haven't, here is a quick guide to why it is so great!If you have used powerpoint/prezi/storybird/photostory, then you Read More...

Not a SMART move

SMART, the company behind the Smartboard Interactive Whiteboard announced that their software "SMART Learning Suite" which includes the only program teachers probably ever used "Smart Notebook" can no longer be sold or used with  other displays.While this probably isn't going to affect that many Irish primary school teachers since we've moved way beyond Interactive Whiteboard software, it seems like a step in the wrong direction by SMART. Given that the software isn't that good, ultimately, it won't make people go out Read More...

ClassDojo Cartoons

I discovered something new on the ClassDojo website today - a whole bunch of ClassDojo cartoons. The example below is the first episode in their second series and it focuses on a moral lesson about when the going gets tough. The cartoons are beautifully produced and the stories that I've watched are great. It's well worth having a browse and the cartoons could form part of an SPHE or Learn Together lesson.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOaFwwLyTRo Read More...

#dojoChatEU: Learning from mistakes in the classroom

Every week, I delve through ClassDojo's Twitter chat and answer the questions that were posed. This week, our own Ciara Brennan, (@primedteacher), was the moderator and the topic was all about learning from mistakes. As usual, here and the questions and my answers.Q1. Failure is the mother of success. Do you agree or disagree?A good question to start us off. I like this phrase about mistakes being like a mother (or father!) In the same way as we can't Read More...

#dojoChatEU: Fostering Positive Relationships

Every week I answer the questions posed in ClassDojo's weekly chat, #dojoChatEU. It happens every Wednesday from 8:30pm and it brings together teachers from around Europe. This week's topic is fostering positive relationships.Q1. Which famous person would you like to be friends with?I know it's probably a cliché to say that I've never really thought about this, but I haven't. The first names that pop into my head pale into insignificance as I don't really know what we'd have to Read More...