Edchat Ireland reaches 50

It’s hard to believe that Ireland’s weekly education chat on Twitter, Edchatie, has just celebrated its 50th chat. Based on the international edchat model started by Tom Whitby, this fantastic initiative was started by Fred Boss, who people may know from his work with the NCTE. For those who have not yet heard of Edchatie, … Read more

What's all the fuss with Scratch?

Scratch is a visual programming language suitable for children from the age of 8.  It’s very simple to use and it can lead to some very interesting projects.  Last year, I did a project with some 5th and 6th class pupils where they created a cartoon.  The learning involved was amazing: planning, storyboarding, storytelling, art, … Read more

Guest Article:Conor Galvin:Re-imagined spaces for teaching & learning in these times

This article was edited especially for anseo.net. It encapsulates the words Conor imparted at the recent Second-Level Re-imaging learning conference. Conor Galvin is a  Lecturer and Researcher at UCD College of Human Sciences where he works on various education,  development practice, ICT ,and research training programmes. He speaks regularly at conferences and events (nationally and initernationally) on education … Read more

Keep On Track

It greatly frustrates me when I read newspapers talking about education.  I don’t take notice of the usual teacher-bashing. It only slightly irks me that primary and secondary schools seemed to be lumped together as one.  However, I get really annoyed when there are headline-grabbing stories about technology in education.  Either it’s that Irish teachers … Read more

Scoilnet services now available at home to teachers

One of the criticisms that teachers had of Scoilnet’s services such as the World Map, the Britannica Encyclopaedia and the Irish Times Archive was that we could only access them at school. Furthermore, schools could only access these services if they had a decent Broadband connection from the NCTE. The good news is that the … Read more

Ms. Leydon’s Class Blog

Sometimes when browsing the web, you come across a gem of a web site. I don’t usually single people out on this web site, but I think I have found the most active class blog in the country. I don’t know Ms. Leydon personally but she is, according to the blog, a 3rd class teacher … Read more

NCTE new filtering

The NCTE have changed their filtering for broadband connections.  This means that schools will now be able to access essential web sites such as YouTube and blogs.  This will be welcome news to teachers who have had to download good YouTube clips to USB keys before showing them to their class. The new filtering now … Read more

Technical Support in Schools (Irish Style)

We all know that primary schools are underfunded. We all know that the government pays for about 60% of the actual costs of running primary schools through capitation and ancillary grants. We all know that parents have to make up the rest of the costs of schooling their children through cake sales and voluntary contributions. … Read more

Video-conferencing impossible in many Irish schools

The NCTE have not installed broadband in my school yet. Since my school opened in September 2008, we have been paying Eircom €30 per month for a service we should be getting free. However, after trying to set up a video conference with another school on the broadband scheme, perhaps it might be just as … Read more

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