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 action. https://vimeo.com/131921734  

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 ways to use selfies in the classroom"  [caption id="attachment_6056" align="alignright" width="157"] Image from http://langwitches.org/[/caption] SPHE/Geography-Senior Classes Set up discussion groups about selfies. Children love selfies and will be motivated to take part. Use this stimulus to get them thinking how studying selfies could lead to a greater understanding of cultural or social...

Fís Film Project

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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 awarded winning prizes in various categories at an awards ceremony on the 4th November in the Helix at 12.30 which will be streamed live. The 2014 finalists are now live here http://www.fisfilmproject.ie/film-archive/2014-finalists/ More information may be found at: http://www.fisfilmproject.ie/ and...

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 simply throw a bucket of water over my head, I decided to try and see if I could find something educational and thought about turning the challenge into a simple maths trail. I thought of 3 mathematical ideas to support the primary curriculum: [caption id="attachment_10730" align="alignright" width="150"] Screenshot from video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtg9pSJsRSg[/caption] [list icon="star"...