What advice would you give to a school wanting wifi?

WiFi is now becoming a basic need in any primary school with the emergence of WiFi-enabled devices. Devices such as iPads and Chromebooks require a decent WiFi set up to get their full use. However, any device benefits from WiFi as the lack of wires mean extra portability. What should a school look for in terms … Read more

Should a school design its own website?

Having a school website is no longer an option; it’s expected of every school to have a web presence. A website is more or less a window into your school. It showcases exactly what your school is about. However, it is also an advertisement for your school and a user’s first impressions may be the … Read more

How do you use Shortcodes on Aladdin?

Aladdin is Ireland’s leading Student Management System and offers schools the ability to do almost every administrative task one can think of. I have been using it almost since it was launched at an IPPN Expo a number of years ago and can safely say that it has become part of everything we do in our school. … Read more

Goodbye Leabhar Rolla!

The Department of Education has issued a circular, 33/2015, which has effectively given schools the go ahead to get rid of the traditional roll book. The circular allows schools from 2015/16 to utilise electronic records of attendance instead of filling in the paper-based rollbook. Anseo.net not only welcomes this news but celebrates it. We’re not going … Read more

POD: Return to 1984

This week principals received an email from the people in POD to let us know that due to feedback, they were making a number of changes. I’m not one to waste an opportunity and I think before I get into the changes, that I should remind people that a number of schools took part in a … Read more

Ways to host online enrollments for your school

I think my school was the first to offer online enrollment forms in Ireland back in 2008. Around half of all our enrollments into our school come through our online form and the feedback we have received from parents is excellent. We use Gravity Forms for our enrollment form but there are some other options out there … Read more

Paying us to POD

According to the INTO website and Voice for Teachers Facebook page, the DES announced today that in response to the INTO’s demand for additional resources to be provided to support the implementation of POD a once off per capita payment of €1.50 per pupil will be paid to all schools before Christmas. There will be … Read more

The resurrection of POD

I agreed to pilot the POD service that the Department of Education are launching into schools this year and during the summer I spent some time trying to upload my school’s data to the service. There were a few ways to do this. The first way, and possibly the most straightforward way, was to type in … Read more

Oh My God – POD – losing my faith

It’s been a month and a half since I’ve written about the POD pilot. There are a number of reasons for this, June being the main one; but almost equally, getting the information that POD wants on to POD is a long-winded, arduous, labour-intensive, prickly affair and, despite my attempt to finally get all the … Read more

POD Pilot Update

Back in April, I began writing about the POD pilot (POD is the new proposed Primary School Online Database) which I decided to try out. The pilot came with a big manual of how it worked. In order to get going, I had to transfer all the pupils’ information into the system. This could be … Read more

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