May 2013 Blog Posts (10)

Every adult needs a champion too!

An interesting read and very timely indeed!

Added by Wendy O'Sullivan on May 29, 2013 at 6:51 — 1 Comment

SmartVET External Evaluation

SmartVET External Evaluator, Dr. Miriam Judge has started to meet with teachers and Co-ordinators in SmartVET centres this week.

The purpose of the evaluation is to determine whether any changes need to be
made to the model of Continuing Professional Development we are designing and to make changes to the final model. It will also inform  recommendations for managing the process to other organisations that are
planning to run a similar model.

Added by Angela Higgins on May 28, 2013 at 10:09 — No Comments

Assessing the use of multimedia technologies and mobile devices in Vocational Education & Training in Ireland

I am working with the Game Based Learning (GBL) Research Group at Waterford Institute of Technology.

As part of our research, we are examining ways to improve motivation and learning on the part of learners using technology-enhanced solutions, including Multimedia and other interactive technologies. We are also building software solutions to help teachers and engage learners and ensure that both find teaching and learning a rewarding and worthwhile experience.

As part…


Added by Brendan Kelleher on May 22, 2013 at 13:48 — 1 Comment

Figures on IWB availability in EU schools

From the latest 'ICT in Education' report it appears that Irish primary education is well equipped with IWBs. It is among the first five countries  in the EU as far as access to IWB per student is concerned. In grade 11 there are however slightly fewer IWBs available than on average in EU school organisations. Unfortunately figures for Irish vocational education are not available in the report.

The full report is …


Added by Ton Koenraad on May 20, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Smart Exchange

Just joined Smart Exchange, Looking forward to browsing the site for useful resources.

Added by Caroline Mc Cabe on May 17, 2013 at 15:14 — No Comments

Bootcamp at BFEC

Visiting MOMA in New York to capture some high class modern art with the camera tool, providing inspiration for my gallery corridor in my dream house..... :)

Added by Jane Merriman on May 17, 2013 at 11:54 — No Comments

Using students' own devices?

The idea of using students own devices to interact with the screen are probably not quite there yet, but let's future gaze.  I have successfully used poll everywhere  (free for audiences less than 40) to create questions I can put into standard Powerpoint shows.  The audience can then choose how to respond, via a text message, a web interface, or Twitter.  This means the audience can participate, even with a basic…


Added by Phil Ackroyd on May 17, 2013 at 9:35 — No Comments

SMARTVET presented at yet another University in Turkey

The joint presentation of the iTİLT and SMARTVET projects at the International Symposium, New Issues on Teacher Education (ISNITE’2013) in Ankara was well attended. It also led to an invitation from the dean of the Faculty of Education at Nevsehir University to deliver a lecture on İWBs and the project (interim)…


Added by Ton Koenraad on May 14, 2013 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Mouse Mischief

Why not take class interaction a step further than an interactive whiteboard?  Whiteboard manufacturers also produce response handsets, but they tend to be expensive. The free Microsoft  Mouse Mischief just uses standard wireless mice, plus a USB hub, so you can put together 10 mice and a hub for under £120. There is a glossy Microsoft promo video here, (for some reason, aimed at…


Added by Phil Ackroyd on May 9, 2013 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Back to whiteboard basics

Calling all new visitors...welcome! I am conscious of the fact that new members may be joining this community all the time, so perhaps I can use this posting to recap some Interactive Whiteboard  (IWB) basics.  There are some short instructional videos (each just a few minutes long) which demonstrate some possibilities, and also build confidence in using the hardware and software. Also don’t…


Added by Phil Ackroyd on May 7, 2013 at 9:19 — 3 Comments

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