April 2013 Blog Posts (5)

Disseminating interim SMARTVET results 2

SMARTVET partner TELLConsult’s planned dissemination & exploitation activities are materialising.

Recently two paper proposals were accepted. One entitled “iTILT and SMARTVET: 2 EU projects to promote effective interactive whiteboard use in Language and Vocational Education” was accepted for the EUROCALL 2013 Conference in Portugal. 

Another paper, to which SMARTVET colleague, Angela…


Added by Ton Koenraad on April 29, 2013 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

National Digital Education Summit 3: iPads in St. Colman's College, Claremorris

Mr. Pat Keane described the introduction of iPads in a school. The school was well equipped with multimedia rooms, broadband and an Apple suite for arts; but it was not easy to access the facilities other than through timetabling for the rooms. 

The thinking in this school was that there were advantages in terms of robustness; anti-virus protection; battery power, apps and intuitive nature of the device. Rapid interconnectivity opens a world of resources and information for teachers…


Added by Angela Higgins on April 25, 2013 at 10:27 — No Comments

National Digital Education Summit 2

Craig Munro:Strategic Director, Education Scotland
In Scottish education, there has been a comprehensive broadband linked system since 2005, across 32 education authorities.

Issues : variation in policy; procurement;broadband cover.

Teachers: In Scotland, teachers are encouraged to participate in on-line professional learning communities.

Within the Scottish curriculum, there are four drivers: numeracy, literacy, health and wellbeing, ICT.

Added by Angela Higgins on April 25, 2013 at 9:45 — No Comments

National Digital Educatiin Summit

A new European study highlights a need for more training in the use of ICT in teaching. Teachers mostly use ICT for preparing ckasses rather than for teaching in tge ckassroom.

There is a skills gap in terms of digital pedagogy and application of ICT in teaching.

This is a multi-disciplinary area, which requires the input of experts in a range of fields, from technology to education to socisl science to psychology.

Speaking on behslf of the European Commidsion, Ms. Patricia… Continue

Added by Angela Higgins on April 25, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Powerpoint hidden feature

Did you know that PowerPoint has a hidden annotation tool built in?  Hover your mouse around the bottom left of your slides during a show, and you should see a pen and highlighter tool you can use on your slides.  Once again this is technology you can use on an interactive whiteboard, but also anywhere else too.  Combine this with the wireless mouse mentioned in a earlier post, and I am sure you can see some interesting (and more interactive) uses for this in any classroom.

Added by Phil Ackroyd on April 18, 2013 at 13:48 — 1 Comment

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