Featured Blog Posts (14)

Why use a Smartboard? In Dutch!

We now have the three "Why use a Smartboard?" videos subtitled in Dutch, courtesy of Ton: 

This is a first…


Added by Phil Ackroyd on September 5, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

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

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

The humble wireless mouse

You would have to be very lucky to have an interactive whiteboard in every classroom you teach in, so what can you do?  A cheap bit of kit and some lateral thinking can help: the humble wireless mouse.  A good one costs less than GBP12 or so, and I reckon teachers should regard them as the equivalent of the the box of chalk I started my career with: don’t enter a classroom without one.  You can pass it round the classroom, and combined with some of the software mentioned already in this blog…


Added by Phil Ackroyd on February 28, 2013 at 10:57 — No Comments

The wheel non-reinvention unit: sharing!

Are you reinventing the wheel?  There are lots of clever people out there, producing good quality learning resources perfect for an IWB, they are happy to share with you.  Here are three searchable resources you might want to look at, two geared to particular hardware, but another more generic:


Added by Phil Ackroyd on February 7, 2013 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Wordwall - A Little Gem from BETT 2013

I stumbled upon Word Wall at BETT 2013 and I immediately thought it was an excellent addition to our SmartVET Project. It is very similar to the Lesson Activity Builder in the Notebook software but it has some excellent additional resources. And best of all it’s free to download for all teachers on their personal PC’s or laptops.



Added by Wendy O'Sullivan on February 5, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

BETT February 1st, 2013

1st February 2013

Afternoon blog from BETT ’13


This afternoon was about checking out some of the new hardware available, including the Surface Tablet. This tablet is quite impressive, particularly because it gives easy access to Microsoft Office. It is also rather nice looking, with rounded protective corners to prevent glass shattering, and USB and SD slots built in too. Connected to a school network, it is…


Added by Angela Higgins on February 4, 2013 at 14:54 — No Comments

iTILT Interactive Technologies in Language Teaching

This project developed a website which includes videos of teachers who were trained to use Interactive Whiteboards in language teaching. 

The site has a very comprehensive set of search filters to allow teachers to find examples of lessons in different languages, on different topics and integrating various themes. 

In the site, you will also find teacher reflection and student feedback on their experiences of the lessons. 

There are also ideas for using visual…


Added by Angela Higgins on February 1, 2013 at 10:49 — No Comments

BETT Report 31.1.13

BETT was very busy today, with hoards at the Excel centre attending it and a CISCO event. 

We attended a number of presentations, including a presentation at the Smart theatre about the ITEC Schoolnet project - worth watching as some of the findings could inform Smart VET. It was definitely the most interesting presentation of the day. We were then brought to another room, by a person we met at the ITEC presentation, to view ISIS, a system for making videos of teachers in action for…


Added by Angela Higgins on January 31, 2013 at 23:41 — 1 Comment

ITEC European Schoolnet project

Vision for classroom of the future.

Vast amounts of investment - not a lot of change however, in site of claims for 'blue sky thinking'.

26 project partners.

This roject starts with the classroom, with each teacher starting with their own learning story.

Project is about teachers employing technology in useful ways .

Partnership of ministries of education (policy); academics; commercial organisations; organisations like school net that can facilitate the discussion and… Continue

Added by Angela Higgins on January 31, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

IWB project iTILT presented at BETT

The iTILT project on IWB and language education will present its results at the BETTshow on Friday February 1, 10-10:30am in the SMARTRoom.

If you happen to be there do come and visit us, definitely if your teaching also involves modern languages.

Alternatively check out our video resources, might provide some inspiration here and there...…


Added by Ton Koenraad on January 29, 2013 at 15:41 — No Comments

Working with teachers on IWB Software

I visited Bray Adult Education Centre, Bray Youthreach, Arklow Further Education Centre and Blessington Further Education Centre over the last few days, with my colleague, Wendy O'Sullivan. We were talking to teachers about their progress with their Project Plans. The teachers we met were progressing with their plans for testing their IWB skills in a structured fashion, and we were presented with many interesting ideas for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Communications, Art;…


Added by Angela Higgins on January 24, 2013 at 10:33 — No Comments

A rant on technology in the classroom!

This is a link to a blog entry by Greg Limperts.on the use of technology in the classroom. Its a bit of a rant, however, he does have a nice description towards the end of IWB's as allowing you to let students teach other students, which I felt was a nice line.

Blog entry

Added by Laurence Cuffe on October 31, 2012 at 10:29 — No Comments

3rd Seminar and First Workshop sesion Arklow Youthreach

This seminar/ workshop took place in the throes of FETAC completion / Internal verification, and I had three staff members partaking. I have two other teachers who have expresed an interest in the program and I will follow up with them at a later date.

 I was working on a presentation, when it occurred to me that this whole process is about student interaction, and student led learning. So rather than develop a talk for the session, I decided to use the COP to drive the learning. We…


Added by Laurence Cuffe on November 16, 2012 at 12:48 — No Comments

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