Category Archives: Events

Musings about big events we’ve attended.

Interview with Fred Boss #Féilte

Fred Boss is an education officer with NCCA (National Council  for Curriculum and Assessment). This is a space that was built to house the weekly online chats (every Monday night 8.30 – 9.30pm) of Irish educators ( primary and post primary teachers and third level (college and university) lecturers) as they discuss all things education.  Despite there being a heat wave when he had his Leaving Certificate Art History examination, he went on to student Art at the National College of art and design, and progressed to becoming an art teacher.

Interview by Seán and Éadaoin de Búrca

The Flip in Tipp

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Bianca Ní Ghrógáin was talking at ICTEDU2013 in LIT Thurles about ‘Flipping your classroom’. She spoke about making fun educational videos to show her classes to learn in a different way. She would use Go Animate, Powerpoint,  podcasts,  Moviemaker  and  PlanetNutshell to explain topics to the children. The children can then make their own little videos to show other children. They would even want to make a movie to teach their teachers and parents topics that they aren’t familiar with!

Bianca likes the fact that you’re focusing on learning and not focusing on the technology itself. Flipping the classroom has made the children she teaches more confident and they wanted to teach each other.

Here’s Steph’s interview with Bianca

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Sínead & Kate & Steph

Talking Coderdojo at ICTEDU

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Eugene McDonough, Geraldine Exton and Mags Amond gave a really interesting talk aboutCoderDojo.

 

A CoderDojo is basically group of young people who want to learn about coding that gets together regularly with mentors and the children learn about how to make programmes, make presentations on their work in front of the other children and problem solving skills. They learn why a computer does what it does and it’s a practical way of thinking. In this group kids are allowed to be the experts and are allowed to show that they are smart.

There are specialised Dojos.  For example, there is one for autistic children and there is also a female-only group called the ‘Dojo Divas’ here in Ireland.   In the United States there are also some girl-dojos.  Facebook have donated laptops to the dojo groups that  Eugene, Geraldine and Mags talked about today. They then showed us a slide of what the children thought of CoderDojo. Most of the children liked it as they made new friends and they could make their own games and programmes and it was up to you to make it.

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Sínead & Kate

 

 

Interview with Ciaran Cannon-Minister of State for Training and Skills.

In our interview with Minister Ciaran Cannon TD we found out that he loves technology, and doesn’t have a single piece of paper in his office! When we asked him about school he said that his favourite subject was Physics and Music, we also found out that he plays piano. He said that he would definitely like to see more technology access in schools. His favourite app is Spotify, which he uses to download music regularly.

When we asked him why the government doesn’t do more about sites like ask.fm he said that ask.fm doesn’t create bullying it’s people who go onto this site causing harassment and trouble. He said it’s bullying that needs to be addressed in schools more than the site.

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Brídín & Jack

Willie McTiernan and Martin Owen

Willie McTiernan and Martin Owen presented on the Racing Academy Software at ICTEDU2013 in LIT Thurles.   Racing academy is a game to teach people physics by using a simulated car and drag race.  It has options to change your car (You can choose the engine, colour, brakes, tyres and gears).  Once you have chosen your car you race it. At the end you can see a graph of your speed and your opponents speed.

Willie and Martin also presented on other resources at ICTEDU 2013:

Open source physics
This shows students different resources for science.  It has resources for chemistry , biology and physics.  Watch out because it is in Lithuanian but if you use Google chrome you can translate it

Explore learning
This is a resource that show simulations of different things in science.   It costs money to get an account but you can get a free 30 day trial

Molecular model for an ideal gas
It shows students that molecules obey Newtons law of motion.  Molecules move in all directions in equal probibility. There is no interactions between molecules.The molecules bounced off the walls.

Interactivate rabbits and wolves
This demonstrates how predator/prey interact with each other.  It shows the population of wolves, rabbits and grass.  As the rabbits eat the grass the grass population drops.  As the rabbit population grows the wolves start eating the rabbits.  Then the wolf population grows.
It is a great way to show the food chain.  You can change the parameters and see how it changes the simulation.

Interactivate multi-function data flyer
This is a free resource for drawing graphs on the Internet.   You can enter your data points and it will make a graph.

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Dave