Twitter organising #EducationDay

I received an email today from someone called Shona who works for Twitter. The press release is as follows: Education is a hot topic for young people on Twitter. Students and school are using Twitter to show what they have been learning and use the platform as their voice. This offers a huge opportunity for educational institutions and instructors to reach out to students with the right message at the right moment. For students Twitter is also a gigantic database of relevant information and interesting content when it comes to homework and assignments. Twitter is organizing a European #EducationDay in order to offer support to both students and educational institutions. This first international #EducationDay aims to bring the two target groups closer together, giving them the best possible use of facilities to search, inspire and inform with...

5 educational technology networks you need to join

Educational technology use has exploded in Irish schools over the last five years and almost every primary classroom in the country uses technology in some way everyday. It's hard to believe that only 10 years ago, less than 4% of schools reported to use technology on a daily basis! However, in Ireland, this journey has been quite haphazard and it is rare to find two schools with the same technology. Thankfully, over the years, a number of networks, events and groups have been established for teachers to talk to each other about the use of technology and to share tips and ideas for their use in the classroom. Here are 5 that I'd recommend. [caption id="attachment_10063" align="alignright" width="302"][/caption] 1. CESI Mailing List CESI is the Computers in Education Society of Ireland and was established in 1973. For the last...

Twitter Takeover

Just a very quick post to let you know that I will be taking part in Pora Ora's Real Teachers Twitter Takeover campaign for the week starting tomorrow. You can ask me any questions relating to education. Anything from technology in classrooms to equality of access to education in Ireland and anything in between. If I don't know the answer, we'll try and figure things out together! The hashtag is #PORealTeachers and my username is @simonmlewis

#DojochatEU – Developing a PLN

#DojochatEU is a Twitter hashtag for an event that happens every Wednesday from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Yesterday evening was the first opportunity I had to join in and I am hoping to be able to take part as often as I can as part of my ClassDojo ambassadorship. I thought it might be a good idea to give my thoughts on the #DojochatEU each week that I take part in order to give my own thoughts to the questions, topics and conversations. This week was all about PLNs (Personal Learning Networks). Social Media has allowed everyone learn in new ways and educators are no different. There are a myriad of PLNs aimed at teachers. From an Irish point of view, every Monday on Twitter, there's #edchatie. On Facebook, Hibernia College students create their own PLN to discuss aspects of the course and Voices For Teachers discuss professional and union issues....

Top Education Tweeters of 2013

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Twitter has been an unquestionable success over the last few years and there are hundreds of Educational Tweeters from Ireland who are tweeting away. I find Twitter to be a great way of linking up with teachers from all over the world and it's great to find inspiration from them. Nearer to home, every week #edchatie happens on a Monday evening where a discussion takes place about a topic related to Irish education. Whenever I get the chance, I try to take part and it's great to get a flavour of how people are feeling in Irish education. Unsurprisingly, 2013 was a bit of a downer for many teachers given the amount of cuts and thoughtless initiatives and circulars that came our way. Unemployment was a big worry for a number of teachers and there were a number of discussions that marked this issue. From my own tweeting perspective, I checked out my...

Hashtags for Science Week

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Twitter and Science Week are going hand in hand this year with lots of schools and various agencies using a variety of Twitter hashtags to report on what they're doing throughout the week. A hashtag is a symbol that looks like this: #. Putting in front of a word or phrase on Twitter makes it a topic for conversation. For example, every Monday evening from 8:30 to 9:30, there is an educational chat called #edchatie where everyone who joins in the discussion puts this hashtag at the end of their tweet so it can be seen by the community. It's a great way of finding cool people to follow and picking up some new followers for yourself. You'll also benefit from using a decent Twitter client. I like Hootsuite but there are many others out there. [caption id="attachment_9282" align="alignright" width="129"] Image from...

Five to Follow on Friday

There are a number of education-related agencies that use Twitter, so here are five that you might want to follow: Most of these agencies use the service to interact with the public. However, one or two use it simply for broadcasting news so don't be alarmed if you never get a reply to a tweet!

Five to Follow on Friday

We're back to school now so who should you be following on Twitter this year? There are hundreds of teachers now using Twitter for educational purposes and #edchatie, the Irish educational hashtag, is one of the main reasons. These five tweople use the hashtag and share lots of useful information. LangTeachersIreland Irish Education News Seomra Ranga Fintan O'Mahony Donal O'...