- Teachers sharing practice and our vision for ePortfolios
John Weir, of St Mary's Parish Primary School, explains how ICT integration works in his school of 1100 pupils. The school has a laptop trolley to share among classes, with additional laptops dispersed among the classrooms and an IWB in each classroom. The school has a strong ethos of sharing, using Google Apps to share between teachers and to create ePortfolios for pupils. In this way teachers, parents and pupils can view their progress as the year continues. ePortfolios also facilitate teacher and peer assessment. To support teachers in using ICT the school trains teachers in small groups and this year is running a PDST Technology in Education summer course within the school.
- Using Online Tools for the Writing Process
Teacher Colm Hanlon uses Google Classroom to enhance and support writing lessons with his 6th class in St Mary's Parish Primary School, Drogheda. He creates writing resources which the pupils can access at school or at home. He supplies a variety of support documents including word banks for struggling pupils. This digital writing process includes feedback from a peer and from the teacher. All work is saved to the pupil's Google Drive, as well as the teacher's own Google Drive, in this way creating a detailed ePortfolio. Final drafts of writing are shared on the class blog. Colm has noted a dramatic improvement in pupils' writing since introducing this system.
- Using Online Tools for Collaboration
In this video 6th class teacher Colm Hanlon of St Mary's Parish Primary School, outlines how he uses online tools for collaboration. Pupils create a group project based on a topic, eg A Famous Scientist. The group creates their project from information provided by the teacher. Their project is then submitted to Google Classroom or Google Drive for approval by the teacher. Finally the group present their work to the class. Each pupil has an ePortfolio of their work on Google Drive.
- Using Online Tools and ePortfolios for Visual Arts
Teresa Kilbane, 1st class teacher in St Mary's Parish Primary School, outlines how she uses Google Classroom for Visual Arts. She and her pupils create a digital rubric that is followed by pupils creating in Art. In this way the pupils are focused on the artistic process rather than the finished product. The completed rubric, as well as photos of the artwork, is saved to each pupil's Google Drive to form an ePortfolio; to be viewed by pupils and their parents. Pupils work in pairs to enable peer assessment. Using ICT in this way has enabled Teresa to become a more reflective teacher; emphasizing the learning objectives in her lessons.
- Teaching and Learning with Encyclopaedia Britannica (Primary)
In this video Ann Moran of St Brigid's Girls National School demonstrates how to use Britannica School with a primary class. Britannica School is an online version of Encyclopaedia Britannica that can be accessed for free through the Scoilnet website. The site caters for different age levels, as well as enabling teachers to differentiate for effective pupil learning. Britannica Schools provides a safe online learning environment where pupils can access age-appropriate, factually correct information. The site features teacher tools such as text to speech software, and the facility to print or email content.
- Scoilnet Learning Paths in the Primary Classroom
Mark Boggins, Holy Family National School, outlines how to create learning paths using Scoilnet. A learning path is a collection of online resources that share a specific topic e.g. the Famine. The teacher compiles the learning path, which pupils can access at school or at home.
- Scratch for Writing
Elaine Lyons, Christ the Saviour NS, demonstrates how to use Scratch to support work on writing genres. In this video 5th and 6th class are working on the final draft of a procedural writing piece using Scratch and other tools. The work demonstrates how Scratch can facilitate integration between different subjects, in this case English and Science.
- Scratch for Literacy and Numeracy
In this video, Elaine Lyons, a teacher in Christ the Saviour National School, Ballingarry, talks about the use of Scratch to support literacy and numeracy. She describes how using Scratch across the curriculum helps develop pupils' skills in many areas, including problem solving, and also how it supports assessment, in particular self and peer assessment.
- Scratch for Reading
In this video, 5th and 6th class children from Christ the Saviour NS are using Scratch as part of a literacy lesson. Scratch supports their comprehension skills while studying the novel Carrie's War. While engaged in Scratch tasks the pupils are problem-solving, communication and brainstorming. The video also demonstrates how Scratch can support self assessment and peer assessment.
- Tablets for Assessment
In this video Maeve Callery and Eavan Griffin, Mary Mother of Hope Junior National School, outline how to use tablets for assessment in Maths. Maeve describes how the tablets enable her to make assessment active, in the same way maths lesson are active. Evan makes the point that using tablets enables teachers to create targeted goals for individual children.
- Tablets in a Junior School
Alma Moran, principal, outlines how her school, Mary Mother of Hope Junior National School, uses tablets. Having reviewed literacy and numeracy as part of their School Self Evaluation, tablets were introduced. Initially they were rolled out to teachers who felt comfortable using the technology, and this was expanded through team teaching and modelling. Maeve Callery explains that tablets are used from Junior Infants to 2nd class, using a variety of apps, both content rich and content free e.g. Explain Everything
- Tablets for Problem Solving
Ivan Hennigan, Mary Mother of Hope Junior School, outlines how to use tablets in an active Maths lesson. 2nd class are engaged in solving capacity tasks in groups. The groups must record their estimated answers using the Explain Everything app. These recordings are then viewed to assess the children's progress.
- Tablets for Talk & Discussion
In this video Colette Haran, Mary Mother of Hope Junior National School, uses tablets to support talk and discussion with a Senior Infant class. Having read the story "It's A Cold Dark Night", the children use Story Creator in Collins Big Cat App to recreate a scene from the story. They then present their work to a partner. This task facilitates differentiation and rich oral language.
- Tablets for Guided Discovery
Rachael Doyle, Mary Mother of Hope Junior National School, explains how to use tablets for guided discovery with Senior Infants. In this video the pupils are doing sorting activities within the Data strand of the Mathematics curriculum. They use the Explain Everthing app to record their thinking.
- Scoilnet Nua - Overview
This short video demonstrates how to search effectively for resources on Scoilnet, across different age levels and different curricular areas. Music: You can have miss what you never had by Durden (org/files/DURDEN/15281
- Portable Digital Projector (subtitled)
Teacher Elaine King from St Mary’s School in Baldoyle shows how to set up and use a portable digital projector. The video is subtitled.
- Story Writing using tablet devices
Class teacher, Brendan Curtin uses a story builder app on a tablet device and emphasises the process in story development prior to use of any device. The children demonstrate that a variety of media can be incorporated into their stories. The mutual learning that took place is a particularly salient point.
- Fractions using a variety of technologies
In this video, class teacher Rosheen McGrath outlines how a variety of devices are being used effectively for the teaching of fractions. The IWB, tablet devices, hand-held video recorders and visualiser are all used at various stations. The use of ICT for self and peer assessment is clearly demonstrated and the use of technology for a purpose is stressed.
- Using tablet devices in a Primary school
In this video, school Principal Enda McGorman outlines how tablet devices are being used to develop active learning especially for literacy and numeracy. Class teacher, Declan Lally demonstrates the use of tablet devices as a station activity with children engaged in active learning methods at the other stations. The importance of experimenting with the potential of the technology is stressed.
- Cross-curricular learning with Scoilnet Maps and other tools
In this video, primary teacher, Mark Boggins, from Holy Family National School, Rathcoole, uses Scoilnet Maps and other tools in an SESE lesson. The Scoilnet Maps activity is one of five different station activities, some paper-based, some ICT-based, which all support the development of mapping concepts and geographical investigation skills. The lesson integrates numeracy as well as other curricular areas.
- ICT & Numeracy –Scratch
In this video, primary teacher Ruth Donald talks about how she uses the free programming language, Scratch, to support the development of her pupils’ numeracy skills.
- Scratch – a Principal’s perspective
In this video, primary school Principal, Enda McGorman, talks about why they chose Scratch to support the development of numeracy in their school and how this technology has been integrated on a school-wide basis.
- ICT & Numeracy – A senior class maths lesson
In this video, primary teacher Ruth Donald teaches her 6th class about 2d shapes using a number of different technologies, including the free programming language, Scratch.
- FÍS Film Festival 2012 Promo Video
The 8th annual FÍS Film Festival takes place the Helix, Dublin City University on 8th November 2012. The FÍS Film Festival is a wonderful celebration of the creativity and imagination of children and teachers in Irish schools, through the medium of film. For more information, see ncte.ie/News/Mainbody,22458,en.html
- Using Web 2.0 technologies in the infant classroom
In this video, Mary Jo Bell, St Anne’s Primary School, Shankill, shows how she uses Web 2.0 technologies in her infant classroom. Mary Jo uses a variety of tools to support literacy development, including Animoto, Audacity, Skype and Twitter.
- Using a visualiser in a primary classroom
In this video, Patrick Halpin, Donabate-Portrane Educate Together National School, shows how he uses the visualiser as part of his maths teaching with 4th class. Patrick records himself completing a long multiplication sum on the board and then plays this on a loop on the interactive whiteboard, while he works with individual pupils and groups around the classroom.
- Using Photostory in a primary classroom
In this video, Patrick Halpin, Donabate-Portrane Educate Together National School, shows how he uses Photostory with 4th class. Working in groups, the pupils create a photostory presentation on how to create origami flowers. They will use this presentation to teach origami to junior classes.
- IWB literacy activity using the spotlight tool
In this video, primary teacher Niamh Ward demonstrates how to create an ‘Odd one out’ language lesson activity on the interactive whiteboard. By running the spotlight over the screen, the teacher can reveal certain elements of it and pupils are asked to say what the scene is, and which items belong or don’t belong. This activity can be adapted for all class levels.
- IWB literacy activity using the shape and fill tools
In this video, primary teacher Niamh Ward demonstrates how to create a ‘magic box’ as a resource for teaching opposites. Pupils are asked for the opposite of a word displayed on the interactive whiteboard. By passing the word through the magic box, the opposite appears and pupils can see if they were right! This activity can be adapted for all class levels and applied to numeracy as well as literacy.
- IWB literacy activity using the reveal tool
In this video, primary teacher Niamh Ward demonstrates how to use the reveal tool to create a ‘Who/What am I?’ lesson activity for the interactive whiteboard. Niamh reveals one sentence at a time and pupils are asked to guess what the answer is. This activity can be adapted for all class levels.
- IWB literacy activity using locking and layering
In this video, primary teacher Niamh Ward demonstrates how to create a lesson activity for opposites and word definitions on the interactive whiteboard. Niamh creates balloons with words added to each one and a coloured string attached. Pupils pull a balloon string to reveal the balloon. They are asked to provide the opposite of a word or a definition of the word. This activity can be adapted for all class levels.
- IWB literacy activity using linking
In this video, primary teacher Niamh Ward demonstrates a literacy activity based on the story, ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Niamh uses inbuilt backgrounds and resources of her interactive whiteboard to create the story and links items within the story to external resources. This activity can be adapted for all class levels.
- IWB literacy activity using grouping and linking
In this video, primary teacher Niamh Ward demonstrates how to create a simple sequencing lesson activity for literacy using the interactive whiteboard. Niamh types a number of statements on the interactive whiteboard, which the pupils will sort into the correct order to make a coherent piece of text. This activity can be adapted for all class levels.
- IWB literacy activity using the camera tool
In this video, primary teacher Niamh Ward demonstrates how to create a jigsaw ‘Who am I?’ activity for the interactive whiteboard using the camera tool. This activity can be adapted for all class levels.
- Classroom management with ICT in the infant classroom
In this video, Mary Jo Bell, St Anne’s Primary School, Shankill, shows how she organises ICT in her infant classroom. Mary Jo uses the interactive whiteboard, digital camera, visualiser and other technologies. Additional tips are provided by Carmel Smyth, St Cronans JNS, Brackenstown.
- Using ICT in the infant classroom
In this video Mary Jo Bell, St Anne’s Primary School, Shankill, shows how she uses ICT as a support for literacy development in the infant classroom. Additional tips are provided by Phil Cheetham, Central Model School and Carmel Smyth, St Cronan’s National School.
- IWB literacy activity using the pen and eraser
In this video, primary teacher Niamh Ward demonstrates how to create a cloze test using the pen and eraser tools. This activity can be adapted for all class levels.
- Using the Scoilnet Resource Finder - Primary Teachers
Short animation (no audio) that shows primary teachers exactly how to find curriculum-specific resources in Scoilnet's resource finder.
- How to Search on Scoilnet
Short animation showing users the breadth of content that is available when you search on Scoilnet.
- Using Scoilnet Blogs as a primary school website
Teacher Emma Hallinan, Culleens NS explains how the ease of blogging has helped all teachers in the school showcase pupils’ work and achievements. Their Scoilnet Blog has many advantages over their static website.
- Using computers for language learning - subtitled
The pupils in Gearóid O Duibhir’s class watch Nuacht TG4 on the IWB and then create their own video podcasts using the phrases and new vocabulary they have learned. See the fun they have being TV presenters and reporters while sitting at their desks in the classroom.
- Blogging brings the curriculum to life
Primary teacher Emma Hallinan, Culleens NS Mayo explains how using a Scoilnet Blog in the classroom has added fun to learning and teaching. Blogging with her pupils promotes collaborative learning and higher order thinking skills. Displaying the pupils’ Art work and Photo Stories gives an added purpose to their learning and allows parents and the wider community to share in their successes.
- A tour of our Scoilnet Blog website
Teacher Emma Hallinan shows how each class teacher in the school uses their blog page to post pupils’ Wordles, podcasts and digital stories during the school day to show their learning and work. Emma demonstrates some of the features of their blog, the sidebar widgets, the tag-cloud, the archive feature and how they use categories to link to the curriculum.
- An email to Teddy
The pupils of Bayside NS show their digital literacy skills.
- Using ICT in the development of Gaeilge (As Gaeilge)
Using ICT in the development of Gaeilge – Nuacht ar TG4 website
- Children are using the Fizzbooks in class (As Gaeilge).
Children are using the Fizzbooks in class.
- How ICT can help learning.. (As Gaeilge)
How ICT can help learning.. Advantages and some advice
- FÍS bookclub for writing book reviews using simple technology (As Gaeilge)
FÍS bookclub for writing book reviews using simple technology
- Using ICT in the development of Gaeilge (As Gaeilge)
Using ICT in the development of Gaeilge – Nuacht ar TG4 website
- Using Audacity (As Gaeilge)
Using Audacity - Online resources for class
- Using the Visualiser and the tablet Laptop (As Gaeilge)
Using the Visualiser and the tablet Laptop
- An Scoil (As Gaeilge)
The Principal of Scoil na gCeithre Máistrí , Athlone tells us how important ICT is in her own school and what their plans are for its use.
- Using ICT in Learning Support
Jan Molloy, Learning Support Teacher finds numerous advantages to using ICT . Jan highlights the four different learning aids and explains the advantages of having diagnostic computer based tests. Pupils from 2nd to 6th class love the immediacy of response the computer allows them, they enjoy the game elements of many of the programmes and having fun while learning.
- Leadership & Planning
Primary and Post Primary Principals speak about their vision for e-learning in their schools and the importance of establishing an e-culture throughout the school. Principal, Kathleen O’Connor, explains that children expect to experience technology in the classroom, they want to use it and are not afraid to use it. Principal Matt Hume traces the development of ICT in St. Joseph’s NS from 1987 to today. Involving the Board of Management and establishing an ICT Coordinator were important elements of his plan. Declan Donnelly, the ICT Coordinator, outlines his role in achieving the plan to embed ICT learning and teaching in the school. They installed a wireless network throughout the school; each classroom has a teaching laptop, data projector, wireless keyboard and wireless mouse to allow the children to use it at their desks. Realising their vision for ICT has also involved information evenings for parents and whole school continuing professional development for the teachers.