Anseo.net has grown from humble beginnings as a basic resource-sharing web site in April 2005 before becoming one of the first educational blogs in Ireland by 2007. Today, the web site enjoys well over a million visits per year from all over the world. It is run by Simon Lewis, a primary school principal, living in Carlow.
The site has a particular focus on the role of technology in primary education in Ireland. Simon writes articles, makes videos and audio podcasts from time to time but what makes the site work best is when he gets the opportunity to answer questions from teachers and principals. You can ask Simon almost anything about technology in education and he’ll have a go at answering it.
Anseo.net enjoys a great relationship with schools, agencies and businesses. As the site does not sell anything, in order to keep our website up and running, and to offset the costs associated with this, we allow businesses to purchase advertising space. However, we do not affiliate ourselves with any business in particular. We also have some Google Ads on the site, which I hope aren’t too intrusive. Anseo.net is now part of Arukas Limited, a company where Simon is a co-director.
Simon Lewis is the principal of Carlow Educate Together National School. Over the last 15 years, he has given talks and courses to teachers, agencies and businesses in all aspects of ICT in education. He also works with universities and colleges through lecturing and supervising theses. Simon has worked with several agencies to advise on their use of ICT including the NIPT, Educate Together, Hibernia College and INTO. He has also authored and contributed to a number of educational books and magazines and educational software.
Simon has designed a number of web sites and has won several awards, including Scoilnet Star Sites and Edublog Awards. He also guest writes for several agencies including Teachnet. Simon also runs Mash.ie, a website that encourages teachers to share their resources and ideas online. Outside of the education sphere, Simon enjoys running and poetry but not at the same time.