Category Archives: Digiteach Blog

  • BETT 2014

    There was something really special about arriving at the ExCel in London for BETT, I was there in 2012 for the Olympics and arriving off the train I got the same rush of excitement coupled with that feel I refer to as CESI Fever. I am slightly amazed I didn’t squeal if I’m honest! I’ve […]

  • Junior Spiders

    Junior Spider Awards 2014

    Entries are now open for the eircom Junior Spider Awards, which are Ireland’s school internet awards. The fifth Junior Spider Awards will take place on May 1st at the RDS and are open to students from primary to post-primary levels. Find out more

  • safer internet day

    Safer Internet Day 2014

    Safer Internet Day (SID) takes place in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, with a particular emphasis on children and young people across the world. This year Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on 11th February and the theme for this year’s SID is “Let’s […]

  • Digital Schools of Distinction

    Digital Schools of Distinction Launch

    In September, Minister Quinn launched ‘Digital Schools of Distinction’, a flagship award programme which promotes, recognises and encourages best practice use of technology in primary schools. Supported by HP Ireland and Microsoft Ireland, the award has been developed to help schools to further integrate technology into the classroom by providing a pathway and resources for […]

  • Programmers, Programmers, Programmers, Programmers & Online Learning

    “Developers, developers, developers,developers” chanted Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, in his own inimitable, calm, understated manner to a meeting of Microsoft employees emphasising the importance of attracting and keeping developers for the Windows platform. Even better is the remixed version that has another great Ballmer performance whipping up enthusiasm at a Microsoft employeee event – – […]

  • Google Apps

    Google Teacher Meetup, London

    I had the opportunity to attend a Google Meetup in London recently, along with two other educators from Ireland. This was new to me, never having attended a Google event before. The idea behind the “Meetup” was to showcase Google’s products in the classroom and their “engagement in the education space”. It was attended by […]

  • Conference in Dundalk

    10th Asia-Europe Classroom Network (AEC-NET) Conference in Dundalk

    Ireland has just completed the successful hosting of the 10th Asia-Europe Classroom Network (AEC-NET) Conference in Dundalk.  The theme of the conference was Apps in Asian and European Classrooms – Unleashing Educational Creativity.  More than 120 delegates from 33 countries in Asia and Europe were present.  The conference ran from the 7-11 November 2011.  The […]

  • Second Level Reform – Time and Tide

    I was at the “Re-Imagining Learning” conference in Limerick last weekend where the theme was Junior Cycle Curriculum Integration. I’m not even going to try to summarise or even list the thirty or so talks and presentations by practitioners from home and abroad. Suffice it to say there was a lot of food for thought […]

  • School is out for Summer … Conferences are in for Summer

    Over Twitter and email, the notices announcing summer conferences have begun to increase as the prime conference season approaches. Some conferences listed below have piqued my interest.  They might also be of interest to others as well. If you are attending, please tweet and enable others to follow through the twittersphere!   ICT in Education […]

  • Publishing Pupils’ Work with

    When I set up our English Department school blog,, in July 2006, one of its key purposes was to showcase pupils’ work. At St Columba’s we have long had a tradition of publishing poetry, fiction, essays and other writing in magazine form, and one of the pleasures in teaching English here is reading the considerable […]