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Category Archives: Technology

November 2016

New Google Sites

Google Sites is one of the more underused apps in G Suite (the new name for Google Apps for Education). I’ve been using it for a number of years in school for newsletters and internal staff memos. Unfortunately, while functional, Google Sites was not particularly attractive. However, its great strength, for me, was how one could insert all sorts of content from Google into it. For example, adding forms, maps and so on was a breeze. However, it’s fair to Read More...

July 2016

Why I'm not excited about the latest coding announcement

Politicians are funny people. They seem to be completely obsessed with short term thinking while saying things like we need to look at the bigger picture. For example, every so often when a multinational company complains that they can’t find workers, some politicians decide that the answer to this problem is to introduce coding into the primary and secondary school curriculum. As the years go on, the media become frenzied about this and everyone decides that schools now need to teach Read More...

November 2015

What will the desk of the future look like?

Often teachers are asked what they think the classroom of the future looks like. My answer usually starts with the assertion that today’s classroom is not very different to the classroom of one hundred years ago. In most classrooms I visit, there are still the same basics: teacher’s desk, children’s desks and chairs and some sort of board as the focal point. The teacher’s desk is usually in the same position as it always, maybe a metre or two to the Read More...

A SMART idea for classroom delivery

SMART are about to release a new type of whiteboard, which is very interesting. It’s called the SMART kapp and it is a special type of board that allows a person to write on it with whiteboard markers and instantly share what they are writing with anyone using a mobile device or computer. The video below shows how it can be used in a business model but I have some thoughts on how it might be useful in primary Read More...

October 2014

Tablet Review October 2014

Almost everyone is interested in buying sets of tablets for their schools these days. 2014 has been the year where they are starting the gain a lot of attention with primary schools. Like the world of Interactive Whiteboards a few years ago, there are a lot of choices out there so I’ve decided to take a look at what’s on offer out there at the moment and give a review. If you think I should be reviewing a tablet not Read More...

August 2014

Shopping around and the Government Procurement

I was sent this article from a teacher in Galway yesterday who asked me to share it on Anseo.net. He wanted to point out (which he does below) that he is not affiliated with any company in particular. This article is about an experience he had when ordering printing cartridges and the amount of money he was able to save by shopping around. Enjoy the article!   Copyright Creative Commons (Wikimedia) Yesterday I ordered some ink cartridges from Datapac, once again on Read More...

October 2013

Is it time for Tablet Rental Schemes in Primary School?

From what I read in the media, Secondary schools seem obsessed with tablet rental schemes. It seems that the Apple iPad is the flavour of choice and parents are being offered these devices on various schemes: rental, lease, etc. Effectively, it appears that these iPads are being used to replace the vast amount of textbooks that second-level students are expected to carry each day. This has the positive effect that schoolbags are lighter but I’m not particularly clear of Read More...

What Educational Technology should you buy now?

Since the craze of Interactive Whiteboards from 2008 to 2011, with schools spending thousands on technology, things have been fairly quiet on the hardware front. There was a flurry of demand for visualisers and the iPad is still nudging its way into primary schools before its competitors have gained traction. However, if you’re one of the few schools out there with a bit of spare cash, what should you be looking at in terms of educational technology. Image from Wikipedia We’re Read More...

September 2013

Should Ask.fm be more socially responsible?

I’m currently asking some questions about social media in an attempt to see what we can do about the spate of social problems that seem to come with them. I’m primarily focusing on Ask.fm, as it’s the one on the news but this could apply to any web site that allows interaction. Recently, I was on the radio and I was asked whether sites like Ask.fm should be socially responsible and put more money into moderating their web site. The Read More...

August 2013

Shouldn't we ensure Web 2.0 is not anonymous?

I’m currently asking some questions about social media in an attempt to see what we can do about the spate of social problems that seem to come with them. I’m primarily focusing on Ask.fm, as it’s the one on the news but this could apply to any web site that allows interaction. Anonymity can change the way someone uses the Internet. Many people will not comment on a blog or in a forum unless it is anonymous. However, is this Read More...