25 November 2015

Our study hub...open access to ICT in our school

Our Study Hub evaluation:
We installed our study hub at the end of April, but it is only this academic year we see the impact it is having on our students. The study hub is located in the main assembly area which is always supervised at break/lunch time. Its primary aim is to encourage independent learning for both second level and PLC students. This open access study hub is primarily focused on equality, as 60% of our first and second year students have iPads, we are conscious of providing access to ICT to all students.
The key aims of the study hub
Enable students who do not have ICT access or iPads to do homework on PC and save to google drive.
This is slowly working, students must have a few days to do the homework. They also have ICT classes to complete work but we want to see the students working independently on the study hub.
2.Students using the study hub for extra curricular work and projects. This creates a learning environment whereby other students see work being done at the study hub.
To date students have used study hub to complete the Formula 1 project and the Student enterprise business plan.
3.The hub is used for learning support for PLC and second level support.
When classes are on, this area is quiet and spacious, students like working there. Some students may be on PCs while others can sit at nearby desks if necessary.
4.PLC students use the hub during free classes.
This is working well and while so many people seem to use the hub it is never over crowded as it is being used at different times. We have night classes, PLC students have access to the hub on those two nights.
Teachers also use the hub, mind you we would like a hub in the staff room!!
Overall, the study hub is a success, having read, write gold software and inspiration mindmaps for student use. I want to further develop the study hub so am thinking about how to do that....I welcome any suggestions in this regard.

14 November 2015


My review of "Power up Thurles".

It was a comprehensive inservice with a short duration from 10am to 1pm with just a short break. All of which appealed to me as I hate wasting my valuable time. What I liked was that when apps were demonstrated David compared the pros and cons of each app which enabled me to decide which one would suit my needs best. eg. Edpuzzle is  good for primary schools while Blendspace best for post primary as allows for more integration with other apps.

If I was to do an exit card, these are 3 sites/appsI will use again. Ok well maybe 4!




mentimeter free and easy to use.

To gather, interpret and use information from students...

Work on Any device
Socrative free and can take any amount of responses   http://www.socrative.com/  
Start a quiz
quick question
space race and exit tickets
when you sign in you get login number that stays the same....

explaineverything app

Show me app

CREATE A TEACHER PAGE . will work on any browser
library in kahoot so you can share..


Edpuzzle good for primary school
Blendspace best for post primary as allows for more integration.


Create free teacher account and set up what websites you use regularly....symbaloo

to share and manage tasks with other people

4 November 2015

ePortfolio course via PDST

I highly recommend this ePortfolio course for teachers in Ireland, there are 5 modules and it estimates 5 hours duration at your own pace.  There are videos of best practice and text to work through, periodically a padlet with a question allows for teacher  interaction.  

I am only on module 2 but as I was eager to progress I never saved some videos and content from module 1 and now that I have completed it, I can’t seem to get back into it.  So save as you go!  Definitely worth doing.

ePortfolios: Using digital tools for content creation, collaboration and assessment (Post Primary)


Duration: 5 hours
Course start and end dates: 5-10-15 to 18-12-15.

Reflection on Business CPD day 2

I created this draft last March but never posted it,  I am posting it now as a means of revision. Additionally, I attended an NCCA inservi...