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The Periodic Table of Edible Elements

The Science and Home Economics Departments joined forces in Ennis Community College and Gaelcholáiste an Chláir last week, as the Clare schools, which share a campus, hosted an Open Night for prospective students and their families. Ms Lordon, who teaches both Science and Home Economics, organised the Transition Year Home Economics students to create something […]

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Young people taske part in Dragons' Den at last year's EXCITED Digital Learning Festival

Excited Digital Learning Festival is Underway and Streaming Live

There’s a lot going on in Ireland today – including a historic referendum. There’s also no shortage of excitement at the Excited Digital Learning Festival in Dublin Castle. Registration opens at 6 this evening, with keynotes and panel discussions beginning at 7, and there’s a day-long programme of events tomorrow. There’s a live stream available here. Watch […]

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Young people taske part in Dragons' Den at last year's EXCITED Digital Learning Festival

EXCITED Digital Learning Festival: An Interview with Ciaran Cannon TD [Audio]

Ciaran Cannon TD is our guest on today’s podcast, Fine Gael TD and former Minister of State for Training and Skills, he is the founder of the EXCITED Digital Learning Festival which will run from May 21st to 23rd in Dublin Castle. Click on the player above to listen to the show, or download it here: 27:11; 16MB; MP3. The […]

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Participants in National Scratch Competition 2014

ICS Calls for Volunteers to Judge National Scratch Competition

The Irish Computer Society is looking for members to volunteer as judges for the National Scratch Competition. The Scratch competition run by the Irish Computer Society aims to raise students interest in software development, and related career opportunities, by providing a better understanding of how software is built and works. Scratch is a programming language that […]

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BBC Micro Bit

BBC Announces the Micro Bit – A Personal Coding Device for Every Child

The BBC has announced a major project, developed in pioneering partnership with over 25 organisations, which aims to give a million “personal coding devices” free to every child in year 7 across the UK (corresponding to first year of secondary school in Ireland). Still in development, the device has been nicknamed the ‘Micro Bit’, though the name may […]

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Students at Mount Temple Comprehensive School, Dublin where the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister for Education & Skills announced the completion of the HEAnet 100 Mbps high speed broadband programme for all of Ireland’s 780 post-primary schools. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Ministers Announce Completion of HEAnet High Speed Broadband Programme for Second Level Schools

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, and the Minister for Communications Alex White TD, today announced that the roll-out of high-speed (100Mbps) broadband to all post-primary schools has been completed, after the final 269 schools were connected in 2014. This brings to a close the third and final stage of this nationwide […]

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Mathletes Khan Academy Challenge for Irish Schools is Back

Mathletes is back, the competition for Irish schools using the online teaching resource Khan Academy. Last year, 3,862 students spent 955,210 minutes on mathematics exercises and videos: here’s a breakdown on participation by county. This year there is a new 2-league format to encourage previous participants while attracting newcomers. Khan Academy builds maths mastery over […]

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Science Week

250,000 People Experience the ‘Power of Science’ during Science Week 2014

An estimated 250,000 people took part in 800 science festivals, demonstrations, seminars and tours across the country this week during the 19th annual national science week. The week coincided with the success of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission in landing the Philae lander on Comet 67p: a  suitable demonstration of the ‘power of science’ – the […]

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