Category Archives: Video

Fís: What can be done

Sometimes you have to let something do the speaking for itself as to why primary school teaching is one of the most fantastic jobs in the world. Fís is a film making awards ceremony for primary schools and every year one can only be blown away by what children can create.Here is one such example from Cormac Cahill's class in Carrigaline Educate Together NS. Due to privacy settings, you have to click on the link to see it in Read More...

10 ways to use Selfies in the classroom

Selfie was the word of the year 2013 and there are no signs of it losing its popularity and you can see people, young and old taking selfies anywhere and everywhere! It might get on your nerves but if you try to incorporate this super easy and effective tool into your classroom, the children will sit up and pay attention! You can decide which class level they are based on but I've given some suggestions for you too.Here's my "Ten Read More...

Fís Film Project

For those of you who want to try film making in the classroom, you can't go wrong with the Fís Film Project. Here is some information from the PDST Technology in Education about the project.The FÍS Film project encourages children to explore the medium of film in the primary classroom developing essential skills in moving-image literacy, communication, teamwork, visual arts and numeracy. This year the standard of entry was unprecedented. Twenty four finalists and thirteen highly commended schools will be Read More...

Putting some maths in the Ice Bucket Challenge

The ice bucket challenge has swept through the world raising awareness and a lot of money for Motor Neuron Disease. It was inevitable that it was going to knock on the door of schools and I was nominated by one of my pupils to do it. For those who haven't heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, it involves making a donation to the charity or tipping a bucket of ice cold water over one's head. Most people do both.Rather than Read More...

Silent Slam: How to get parents to book meetings with you

[media url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mV7b5JfpNA" width="100%"]Google calendar provides a feature called Appointment Slots, which allows people to book appointments to see you when you are available. This video shows you how to set this up then shows you how to create a QR code to give to parents so they can book their appointment with you.  Read More...

Innovation in Irish Schools [Video]

[media url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJMIJXyakio" width="100%"]Catherine Cronin has created a video showcasing a number of schools who are using technology in education. My school, Carlow Educate Together, was featured amongst the wonderful variety of projects going on in schools around the country. Check out the video below.  Read More...

Silent Slam: Mobile Blogging using Instagram and Tumblr

[media url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8jh0qzbVwQ" width="100%"]I didn't think I'd see the benefit of using Instagram when it finally came to Android. On the fly image editing seems like such a simple thing. One of the problems I've had using Tumblr on my phone was that the image quality of my photos isn't all that great. Because Instagram lets you upload to a Tumblr account, this solves my problem. Here's a short Silent Slam to show you how to do it. Read More...

Silent Slam: Managing Collisions in Scratch

[media url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVfnNvkwTB4" width="100%"]Using Pacman to demonstrate, this Scratch video shows you how to manage a collision between to characters and the effect of this. Also uses costume change feature. Read More...

Silent Slam: Moving the Enemy in Scratch

[media url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV_2Bjh6jnI" width="100%"]Using Pacman as an example, we look at how to get the enemy Sprite to chase down Pacman by changing direction towards him every few seconds. Read More...

Silent Slam: Google NGram Viewer

[media url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ5-Djt5sNk" width="100%"]Google's nGram Viewer allows you to find out how many times a certain word (or words) appears in books over the years. The video above shows a good example of this in action but the best way is to try it for yourself. Read More...