Digital Leaders – empowering pupils to lead change

On October 24, 2016, in Education, iPad, iTeach, by Martin Coutts

UPDATE: now includes images from our digital leader labs It is no secret that in the use of technology in everyday life, pupils are very knowledgeable and always have new and innovative apps and hardware at their fingertips. A Digital Leader is a pupil in a school who possesses this knowledge and is able to […]

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Welcome to iTeach Today

On September 15, 2016, in Education, iOS, iPad, iTeach, by Martin Coutts

Welcome to iTeach Today, a new way to share information that will impact on your day to day teaching with technology. Over the coming weeks and months we will be sharing some useful tips&tricks as well as showcasing some of the wonderful initiatives that we think will have an impact on teaching and learning in […]

 

Computational Thinking – on Mars and in school.

On August 20, 2016, in Education, by Michael O'Kane

The 2016-2017 academic year is going to be exciting, with our Mission to Mars initiative being one we are really looking forward to. In preparation for this I’ve watched the Ridley Scott film, The Martian, looking for some inspiration. I’ve been really looking forward to watching it and it didn’t disappoint, it’s up there with […]

 

Fitting in a Lesson Opener.

On May 22, 2016, in Education, by Michael O'Kane

There are numerous pages out there on the Internet, plenty of articles and indeed blogposts that feature checklists for effective lessons and things to remember to capture the attention of students. Over the years we as teachers lift little points from the things we read and try them out in our classrooms. They may work, […]

 

Drones and programmable devices in education.

On May 15, 2016, in Education, by Michael O'Kane

  Everybody remembers the Roamer. The grey half sphere with wheels that had a little hole in it to insert a pencil or marker so that we could program it to move in the shape of a square or other 2D shapes. It was a fantastic little device that introduced programming to pupils while looking […]

 

Coding in the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

On January 9, 2016, in Education, by Michael O'Kane

  Coding and programming has had a presence in Northern Ireland for well over 20 years now, with programming being a part of studies in the Secondary education system in the 1980s. However, it is only in the past 2-3 years that there has been a shift in focus to developing coding skills in primary school children. […]

 

Coding & Programming in the Foundation Stage.

On November 17, 2015, in Education, by Michael O'Kane

We teachers are already teaching coding and programming, even in Foundation Stage across Northern Ireland. By teaching simple instructions (algorithms in programming terminology) to new P1s in September, we are setting foundations for children in developing knowledge of instructions, how to follow them and perhaps construct their own instructions further down their journey through primary […]

 

Minecraft in the Primary Classroom.

On June 29, 2015, in Education, by Michael O'Kane

Minecraft – I’m sure over the past couple of years you’ve come across at least the mention of Minecraft. It is one of the most popular games in the world. It is played by millions of children across different platforms around the world. I have to admit, up until just over a year ago I […]