Articles

PDST Technology in Education staff have written a number of articles on a variety of ICT-related topics. These have been printed in various magazines and newspapers. A selection of these are linked below.

 

21st Century problem solving.pdf (size 175.3 KB)
How digital technologies support the key pillars of 21st century learning – critical thinking, communicating, and collaborating.
An article by Mark Finlay, PDST, for In Touch magazine, May / June 2018

Connecting with the past through newpaper archives.pdf (size 350.7 KB)
How can newspaper archives be used in the Primary classroom? Schools in Ireland have access to over 70 national and regional titles, many of which go back to the nineteenth century.
An article by Patrick Coffey, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch magazine, April 2018

Digital technologies in my classroom.pdf (size 1.4 MB)
A teaching principal of a one-teacher school in Co Mayo describes the use of digital technologies in her school.
An article by Iseult Mangan, Cloghans Hill NS, for In Touch magazine, March 2018

FÍS – developing key skills through filmmaking.pdf (size 93.7 KB)
A look at the FÍS film project for primary schools and how it is embedded in the curriculum.
An article by Patrick Coffey, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch Magazine, December 2017

Providing digital resources for the classroom and home.pdf (size 227.7 KB)
World Book Online is now free to use anywhere in the Republic of Ireland
An article by Patrick Coffey, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch Magazine, November 2017

Giving a Voice to the Past.pdf (size 127.1 KB)
Scoilnet Threads provides schools with an online space to share their local history projects.
An article by Patrick Coffey, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch Magazine, October 2017

Plagiarism and copyright in a digital age.pdf (size 321.6 KB)
Citing sources in pupils’ work is important in schools
An article by Patrick Coffey, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch Magazine, September 2017

Showcasing school work.pdf (size 833.6 KB)
Now that the summer season is upon us, it is a good time to showcase work and projects completed during the school year.
An article by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch Magazine, June 2017

Think before you...code!.pdf (size 184.8 KB)
Objective 1.6 of the Digital Strategy for Schools is to provide opportunities for students to pursue in-depth ICT study in the senior cycle.
An article by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch Magazine, May 2017

Augmented reality; virtual reality; some ideas!.pdf (size 159.7 KB)
With a lot of talk and discussion about augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), this article will explore examples of same and applications to the classroom.
An article by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch Magazine, March 2017

FÍS - Storytelling through film.pdf (size 135.8 KB)
FÍS, the film project  for primary schools, celebrated its 12th anniversary at the FÍS Film Festival held in the Helix, DCU on 16 November.
An article by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch magazine, January/February 2017.

Bring ‘Spark’ to showcasing school events/projects.pdf (size 187.5 KB)
Adobe Spark (at spark.adobe.com) is a collection of three creation tools – Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video. All three can be accessed on a web browser (or apps can be downloaded individually onto tablet devices).
An article by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch Magazine, December 2016

Annotate Websites.pdf (size 310.6 KB)
Over the years, some of the best notes and explanatory diagrams in our classrooms have disappeared in a puff of chalk dust or in the swift swipes of a cloth across a whiteboard...
An article by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch Magazine, September 2016

Sourcing quality information and images for projects.pdf (size 451.6 KB)
Avoiding plagiarism, respecting copyright and some tips from PDST for taking great photos.
An article by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch Magazine, September 2016

Professional Information Online: Tips and Opportunities.pdf (size 124.1 KB)
The Internet is a rich source of teaching tips, tools and applications with potential for use in the classroom. As professionals in the classroom, teachers decide what sites/ applications will be used to enhance teaching and learning.
An article by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch Magazine, June 2016

InTouch_May2016.pdf (size 4 MB)
The call to action for Safer Internet Day 2016 was 'Play your part for a better internet' and schools supported the call in great numbers. 67,342 pupils in 463 schools around Ireland held events and campaigns on 9 February to promote safer use of the internet by ther pupils.
An article by Emily Lynch and Jane McGarrigle, Webwise team, PDST Technology in Education for In Touch magazine, May 2016.

FÍS: Film in Schools 2016
The FÍS Film Project, coordinated by the National Film School at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology (IADT) and PDST Technology in Education, is a highly sucessful film project for primary schools that explores film as a medium of expression and introduces children to aspects of the film-making process.
An article by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch magazine, April 2016

Supporting you along your digital journey.pdf (size 79 KB)
Such is the pace of change in a variety of domains impacting the teaching profession, there is no fear of a teacher’s mind growing old if this quote from Henry Ford rings true.
An article by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education, for In Touch magazine, March 2016

1916 initiatives on Scoilnet.pdf (size 111.5 KB)
The Easter Rising of 1916 is getting a lot of attention in our classrooms as well as the national media. For the month of January, 9 of the 10 most clicked-on resources on the Scoilnet portal site related to the theme of the Easter Rising.
An article by Patrick Coffey from PDST for In Touch magazine, January/ February 2016

FÍS celebrates 11th anniversary.pdf (size 173.1 KB)
FÍS, the film project for primary schools, celebrated its eleventh anniversary at the FÍS Film Festival held in the Helix, DCu, on 3 November.
An article by Seán Gallagher from PDST for In Touch magazine, December 2015

‘Catching ourselves being good’- Formative assessment using ICT.pdf (size 115.6 KB)
Assessment is the process of generating, gathering, recording, interpreting, using and reporting evidence of learning in individuals, groups or systems.
An article by Seán Gallagher from PDST for In Touch magazine, November 2015

ICT in teaching, learning and assessment.pdf (size 93.5 KB)
Not only are all primary and post-primary pupils now pupils of the Primary School Curriculum (1999), but many of our studentteachers are members of that generation.
An article by Seán Gallagher from PDST for In Touch magazine, October 2015

ePortfolios – using digital tools for content creation, collaboration and assessment.pdf (size 72.4 KB)
In the digital age we now live and work in, how might the students of today collate their evidence of learning and store it safely for retrieval at appropriate times in the future?
An article by Seán Gallagher from PDST for In Touch magazine, September 2015

Irish Independent 1916 Magazine for Schools

Arts in Education portal.pdf (size 1.3 MB)
A major step forward for the arts in education in Ireland took place in Dublin Castle on 19 May with the launch of the National Arts in Education Online Portal.
An article from In Touch magazine, June 2015

Alternative ways of presenting.pdf (size 2.3 MB)
Can alternative presentation technologies improve interactivity in classrooms? Over the past ten years, projectors and interactive whiteboards (IWBs) have generally been used to bring more interactivity and engagement into teaching and learning in primary classrooms.
An article by Tom Lonergan from PDST Technology in Education for In Touch magazine, April/May 2015

Schools' collection in a digital age.pdf (size 1.1 MB)
From 1937 to 1939, more than 50,000 children from 5,000 schools in the 26 counties gathered folklore in their home communities. The entire collection is being digitised and available on duchas.ie.
An article by Seán Gallagher from PDST Technology in Education for In Touch magazine, March 2015

FÍS Book Club: Encouraging pupils to read.pdf (size 2.2 MB)
The FÍS Book Club encourages Irish pupils to read age appropriate books and review them with their classmates. They then prepare a review of the book, record the review in video format using a device of their choice, and, under the supervision of their teacher, the video review is uploaded onto the Fís Book Club website.
An article by Seán Gallagher from PDST Technology in Education for In Touch magazine, January/ February 2015

Staying Safe Online.pdf (size 1.4 MB)
Safer Internet Day is on 10 February 2015. As many of the most popular social net-working services do not allow children under 13 years of age to register for their services, we can be quick to dissociate ourselves, and our students, from the problems linked to the use of social networking services...
An article by Simon Grehan, Webwise Project Officer, and Emily Lynch, Webwise Education Officer from PDST Technology in Education for In Touch magazine, December 2014

FÍS Film project for primary schools.pdf (size 1.3 MB)
FÍS, the film project for primary schools, celebrated its tenth anniversary at the FÍS Film Festival held in the Helix, DCU, on 4 November. Streamed live for the first time ever, analytics revealed that there were international audiences viewing from Perth, Hyderabad, Malacca and Brussels as well as from all around Ireland...
An article by Seán Gallagher from PDST Technology in Education for In Touch magazine, December 2014

BYOD in Primary Classrooms.pdf (size 2 MB)
Children today are increasingly using their tablets and other personal devices to access information and to communicate with friends and family. Some children also use these same devices outside school time for ‘informal’ learning using apps, games and educational websites. Rather than devices staying at home, idle, during the school day, there is a significant global shift towards using these same devices as ‘mobile learning’ tools in schools, using an approach called BYOD.
An article by Tom Lonergan, PDST Technology in Education, for InTouch magazine, November 2014

Scoilnet's Big Changes
A new version of Scoilnet – the Department of Education’s portal for Irish education, managed by the PDST Technology in Education – was launched formally on 27 May. The site, which has annual traffic close to two million visits, has been totally redeveloped and bears little resemblance to the old one, which had been in existence for over ten years.
An article by Patrick Coffey, PDST Technology in Education, for InTouch Magazine October 2014

Rich reference material – online
Through the Scoilnet portal www.scoilnet.ie, we Irish teachers have access to a myriad of curricular aligned resources. Now we can upload our own documents and presentations enabling us to share with fellow teachers and, in turn, create a true repository...
Compiled by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education.
InTouch magazine September 2014

Managing Professional Information.pdf (size 266.9 KB)
The Internet is a rich source of teaching tips, tools and applications with potential for use in the classroom. As the professional in the classroom, the teacher decides what might work to enhance teaching and learning.
Compiled by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education.
From In Touch magazine, June 2014

Creating, sharing, publishing.pdf (size 160.1 KB)
Many pupil-produced documents have their origins in word processors – Word, Pages, Google document, Open Office Writer etc. All can be saved and attached to an email/webpage in the format in which they were created.
Compiled by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education.
From In Touch magazine, May 2014

Managing resources and engaging dialogue online.pdf (size 282.3 KB)
Many teachers have electronic folders full of digital resources acquired over the years – documents, presentations, sound and video files etc. This article will explore how this content can be managed and shared with our pupils – inside and outside the classroom walls and on a variety of internet accessible devices to which students may have access.
Compiled by Seán Gallagher, PDST Technology in Education.
From In Touch magazine, April 2014

Living Schools Lab - Sharing Good Practice.pdf (size 132.1 KB)
Living Schools Lab (LSL) is a project involving three primary and three post-primaryschools working together here in Ireland and also on a pan-European basis with teachers and schools in 12 European countries. It aims to develop a sustainable, growing network of schools where teachers can showcase best practice and share ways to successfully embed the use of technology in teaching and learning across the whole school. Compiled by Karin Whooley, PDST Technology in Education
From In Touch magazine, March 2014

Searching for and using online information.pdf (size 82.4 KB)
We often marvel at the ability of children today to use technology for games and communication but it cannot be guaranteed that they know how to find and evaluate the suitability of the information they retrieve. These skills are inextricably linked to the comprehension strategies of skimming, scanning, determining importance and summarising. Fortunately, an array of ICT tools and applications are available to assist teachers develop and hone pupils’ skills in these areas.Compiled by Seán Gallagher of PDST
From In Touch magazine, January-February 2014

Congratulations to FÍS film project winners.pdf (size 82.7 KB)
The ninth FÍS Film Festival took place at the Helix in DCU in November. Pupils, teachers and parents attended from each of the 24 shortlisted schools and a wonderful time was had by all. Our congratulations to all of the winners for a wonderful celebration of creativity and for all of the hard work that goes into making these wonderful films. A special word of congratulations to the winners of this year’s Aileen McKeogh award, St Colman’s NS, Derrinabroc, Ballaghaderreen, Co Mayo, with the film Schooldays Over, a vivid and moving portrayal of school life in bygone days, as experienced by local man, Tom Finn (94), who also stars in the film.
Compiled by Madeleine Murray, PDST Technology in Education for In Touch, December 2013

Internet safety in primary school.pdf (size 80.2 KB)
Has cyber bullying crossed the threshold of your classroom? The internet has become an integral resource for every classroom. There are marvellous teaching resources available online and students are inspired and empowered when they realise they can partake in their own research at the click of a button.
Compiled by Gabrielle Farrelly, PDST Technology in Education for In Touch, November 2013

Using the interactive whiteboard to support literacy.pdf (size 139.4 KB)
Ní neart go cur le chéile – the truth of this well known proverb has seldom been more clearly illustrated than during last summer’s TeacherCPD.ie online course, where over 1,150 teachers shared ideas on using the interactive whiteboard (IWB) to support literacy. This article includes some of the ideas gathered by their e-Tutors, with thanks to the contributing teachers. Compiled by Anne Phelan.
From InTouch magazine, October 2013

A thematic approach
Scoilnet theme pages present teachers with a simple way to use ICT in the classroom. Compiled by Patrick Coffey.
From InTouch magazine, September 2013

Here Comes The Summer… and fun-filled ICT courses. Just as ICT devices are now so much a part of the personal lives of our schoolgoing population, many teachers are also introduced to new uses of ICT for personal reasons in the first instance.
From InTouch magazine, June 2013

Managing Your Digital Footprint
If you or your school has a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account, you are contributing to the size and content of your digital footprint through these services. In last month’s InTouch (page 53), a related article looked at what your digital footprint is, and ways to discover how it is viewed.This is important because people’s views of you are influenced by your online presence and you want them to see you at your best.
From InTouch magazine, April-May 2013

Your digital you and your school too
These days we’re told that we have a carbon footprint and we need to monitor and manage it carefully. Since the internet came along we’ve also been leaving digital footprints and, unlike footprints on the beach, these aren’t always easily washed away by the next wave. Whether your interactions on the internet have left large or small footprints, it is something that you need to be aware of and actively managed. Compiled by Fred Boss, PDST Technology in Education.
From InTouch magazine, March 2013

Be part of Safer Internet Day 2013
Why not start your own internet safety class for this Safer Internet Day? Email internetsafety@pdst.ie to get your copy of the Webwise Primary Programme if you do not have it already. Compiled by PDST Technology in Education.
From InTouch magazine, January/February 2013

Ebooks in the Primary Classroom
Teachers are asking if e-books can improve learning outcomes for primary pupils compared to existing textbooks. This article, compiled by PDST Technology in Education (formerly NCTE), argues that the debate is not limited to textbook versus e-book but is part of a wider discussion involving the use of digital content to support learning and teaching.
From InTouch, December 2012

Tablets in the classroom
Some teachers are talking and writing in increasingly positive terms about the use of tablets in the classroom (of which the iPad is one type). This leaves others wondering if they should follow suit and purchase tablets for their school. Compiled by PDST Technology in Education (formerly NCTE).
From InTouch, November 2012

Captivate learners with Scoilnet Maps
By Sharon McDonald, Scoilnet Project Officer, PDST Technology in Education.
Scoilnet Maps is now pushing the bound- aries of teaching and learning at primary level. The web mapping website engages learners visually, interactively and with purpose in its provision of detailed OSi Maps, World Maps and GIS data layers.
From InTouch, October 2012

Getting started with ICT in the new school year
By Madeleine Murray, National Coordinator, PDST Technology in Education.
If you are one of the 3,500 teachers who participated in an NCTE summer course you will have been introduced to a range of technologies, resources and ideas on how to use these in the classroom. Or indeed you may have attended one of the many other summer courses which integrated the use of ICT in teaching and learning. Either way you may be wondering where to start with all these ideas and what is available to support you on your journey of integrating ICT.
From InTouch magazine, September 2012

Using a digital camera in the infant classroom
By Madeleine Murray, National Coordinator, NCTE.
One of the most effective and accessible technologies in the infant classroom is the digital camera. It can stimulate great creativity and enthusiasm for learning among younger pupils. Used with an interactive whiteboard and presentation or other software, simple and effective digital learning resources can be created by both teachers and pupils. Consider using it in the following ways in your infant classroom.
From InTouch, June 2012

Fostering creativity using Scratch
By Madeleine Murray, National Coordinator, NCTE
"In July of this year, the first national rollout of the NCTE/Lero summer course, Scratch Programming and Numeracy in Senior Primary Classes, will take place in Education Centres around the country."
From InTouch, April 2012

Schools that blog – what’s the attraction?
By Sharon McDonald, NCTE Project Officer    
"‘Schools that Blog’ is a highly popular page on the Scoilnet site and is home to the most up-to-date list of primary and post primary school blogs. It is one of the most accessed pages on Scoilnet, the web portal for Irish schools."
From In Touch, March 2012


Webwise Primary School Programme
"The Webwise Primary School Programme was launched on Monday 6 February, by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD."
From In Touch, March 2012

Connecting generations – theme for Safer Internet Day "Safer Internet Day took place on Tuesday, 7 February 2012 and will focus on the theme of connecting generations, with the slogan: “Discover the digital world together safely!”"
From In Touch, January-February 2012

A Teachers’ guide to Twitter
By Fred Boss, NCTE Project Officer.
“Do you think you could teach a lesson to your class using only 140 characters and then have your class teach the world? Welcome to Twitter!”
From In Touch, December 2011

Webwise Parents
"Internet safety is one of those issues where everyone has a responsibility; schools, parents, children, and website owners. In particular, parents and schools need to work together and support each other to help children make the most of the web. Webwise, the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre managed by the NCTE, offers a few suggestions to help your school to support parents in this endeavour."
From In Touch, November 2011

Britannica In Your Classroom
"As a learning and teaching resource Encyclopædia Britannica online is very powerful in the classroom as it presents information on many many topics in a highly interactive and easily searchable format. Unlike the traditional book based encyclopaedia, it is updated regularly and so is very current."
From In Touch, October 2011

Make it memorable with ICT 
Using digital technology in the preparations for First Holy Communion. An article by Anne White of NCTE, from In Touch magazine, April 2011.In Touch Cover April 2011

To Blog or not to blog... 
An article by Anne White of NCTE, from In Touch magazine, March 2011, about Blogs. A blog is an online journal/ diary. Blogs have become a huge force in how we communicate, share views and access all sorts of up-to-date information.

What is a Visualiser? 
An article by Anne White of NCTE, from In Touch magazine, January-February 2011, with some useful ideas for using a visualiser in the classroom.

Mastering ICT-led change
An article by JEROME MORRISSEY, Director of the National Centre for Technology in Education, for ASTIR magazine, September 2010, discusses moves towards greater integration of ICT in schools. (pages 28-29)

Looking back on the school year - In Touch June 2009
An article by Anne White of NCTE, from In Touch magazine, June 2009, providing information updates from the NCTE including ICT Advice Sheets, ImageBank, FÍS, CPD and Scoilnet news.

InTouchPodcasting
An article by John Heffernan and Tom Lonergan of the NCTE , published in In Touch magazine, December 2008.

Internet Safety Life Skills
An article by Gráinne Walsh, Teacher and Internet Safety Project Officer with Webwise.ie of The National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE), published in issue 1 of Child Links, the Journal of Barnardos’ Training and Resource Service (2008). Copies of Child Links can be ordered from the Barnardos website at www.barnardos.ie.

The Invisible Bullies
An article by Jerome Morrissey, Director of the National Centre for Technology in Education, published in Irish Independent on 20th May 2008.

Music and ICT
An article by Anne White of the NCTE, published In Touch magazine, May 2008.

Ideas for using the digital camera for Maths in the junior classes
An article by Anne White of the NCTE, published In Touch magazine, January/February 2008.

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