Suspensions, Expulsions and Social Media

A couple of weeks ago four secondary schools were in the news for all the wrong reasons. A number of students were punished in varying degrees of severity for behaviours that were of varying degrees of unacceptability. The reaction of the media, the students and their parents highlighted a lot of interesting debates, few of … Read more

Facebook beats Email

In a recent report, Data Solutions, an Irish IT distributor,  announced the results of a survey, which revealed that 75% of Irish students use social networking site, Facebook, as their main channel for communicating online with only 6% preferring to use email. The Blue Coat survey, which was completed in June 2011, interviewed 164 Irish students in secondary school … Read more

Bloggers International

What are you doing on June 29th?  Are you winding down ready for the final day of term?  Before you do, and if you’re around Portlaoise, it might be worth checking out Bloggers International’s first event. Bloggers International is the coming together of the KLCK (Kilkenny, Laois, Carlow, Kildare) Blogging Group and the Chipping Norton … Read more

Social Networking for Children

I received an interesting email from Peter Blackbyrne from ImaginationGYM.  His company is partnering with an American organisation to “bring safer internet activities to school children in Ireland.” Essentially, he’s looking for volunteers to pilot a social networking site for children.  It’s already pretty big in the US and its ethos is to allow … Read more

Why are we still being filtered in school?

Because of the annoying blocking of YouTube by the powers that be in HeaNet, Seaghan Moriarty from Digilogue and has created Teachers’ TV – an Irish version.  Though the site is not completely finished, it is now live and accepting videos.  The idea was hatched because a number of teachers really wanted to use … Read more

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