Category Archives: Ideas

Who designs your mental environment?

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A stimulus for a class discussion.

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Teaching Summary Writing

This is a strategy I’ve used for teaching summarising. Once students can reduce the information down to the yellow section let them tweet it.

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PLICKERS – The Ultimate Assessment Tool

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No more Promethean Planet ActiVotes and multiple packets of batteries, now you can simply print voting devices on paper for free (well apart from the price of the ink & paper). Use PLICKERS for quick checks of student understanding.

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Inside Education Interview

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I was recently interviewed by Seán Delaney for Inside Education: a programme that gives an Irish perspective on news and stories from the world of education

Click here to listen to the podcast:

http://www.podbean.com/media/player/pejmz-54727d/initByJs/1/auto/1

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One Element of Internet Safety

2015-03-08_1405Came across a website recently called HOW SECURE IS MY PASSWORD and was delighted to find that it would take a desktop PC about 4 thousand years to crack my password (long past my sell by date). However I personally can honestly put that down to having a friend who taught me about the importance of passwords. You should go now and check your password but be sure to come back and read the rest of this post 🙂
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What did you do in school today? Nothing

I remember as a kid when my parents asked me what I had done in school that day I would mutter the phrase “nothing” (don’t think I am alone on this one).  I think it’s the question that’s the problem here not the kids. Below are a list of questions that might be useful for reflective teachers and parents.
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Dissolving Boundaries

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Today a group of Year 3 students at Maynooth University’s Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education made a poster, took a photo and sent it out on Twitter. It was posted at 11.50am and I took this screenshot at 11.50pm (12 hours later). As you can see from the photo the tweet had 280 interactions with tweeters from every continent in the world. 

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Twittering in School

2013-10-07 15.59.31-1I am not a fan of handwriting copies, however I found that integrating social media into our handwriting copies made it a much more enjoyable task. Everyday students wrote a tweet (140 characters) in their handwriting copies.
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Beyond The Horizon Report

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The Horizon Report (2014 Schools Edition) aims to help ministers, governing boards, and school leaders to strategically approach the further evolution of teaching, learning, and creative inquiry by offering a list of topics likely to impact technology planning and decision-making over the next five years (2014 – 2018). Below are a list of the questions and answers provided in the report.


Which technologies will be most important to teaching, learning, or creative inquiry in         European schools within the next five years?

Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or Less

  1. Cloud Computing
  2. Tablet Computing
  3. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

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Tread softly because you tread on my dreams

I was deeply saddened to hear that Rita Pierson had passed away, at age 61. Her TED Talk is powerful, funny, heartfelt and inspiring. It is an honour to help share her message with the world. Hers is truly an idea worth spreading: that every child, rich or poor, deserves a champion.

Rita Pierson videos worth watching ‘What about Jack?’ and ‘My Momma Said….

Cloths of Heaven
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.