Inclusive and Immersive Maths lessons with Microsoft Education Tools

15 Oct 2020
Inclusive and Immersive Maths lessons with Microsoft EducationBy Stephen Eustace Many students experience challenges inside and outside the classroom. Students with dyslexia can experience challenges with Maths problems involving words or a written story and visual crowding can also make the Maths problem even more difficult to process. Students with ADHD can have difficulties with focus and attention and Dyscalculia can add an additional obstacle for students in the Maths classroom.As a post-primary Maths teacher I have found the in-built accessibility tools in Office 365 to be invaluable in removing barriers for students with additional needs in my maths classes, helping all learners reach their potential. Below are just some of the ways you can make your Maths lessons more inclusive and engaging. Immersive ReaderImmersive Reader is a free tool that utilises proven techniques to improve reading for everybody. Immersive Reader improves comprehension, encourages independent reading and
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Adapting to ‘The New Normal’ using Office 365

14 Oct 2020
Adapting to ‘The New Normal’ using Office 365 Office 365 facilitates effective remote teaching and learning in Scoil Mhuire, Clane As a co-educational school with over 1000 pupils in Clane, Co Kildare, Scoil Mhuire decided to set up Office 365 as their online school platform to enhance communication, collaboration and the teaching and learning experience. ICT Coordinator, Andrew Herring, explains how important training and support has been in getting the full benefits from the platform: “We wanted to enhance teaching and learning and increase collaboration between staff and students but we wanted to make sure the whole school was comfortable with using the technology first. Wriggle provided training for our Digital Leaders in our chosen teaching and learning app, OneNote, and those Leaders then held CPD training sessions for other teachers. Over the past three years, Wriggle have worked with us to support our Office 365, including setting up our account for academic
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Safely Managing Shared iPads in the classroom

08 Oct 2020
Safely Managing Shared iPads in the classroomby Roisin JohnstonHygiene and safety routines are now vital in every school and it is important to teach the students the proper rules and cleanliness routines around using shared iPads in class. With 4 years’ experience sharing iPads in Holy Cross Mercy National School, I’ve pulled together some of our top tools and tips on sharing iPads safely in the classroom during the ‘new normal’.So you’ve bought a class set of iPads…what next? An important consideration to factor in is how to distribute the iPads in order to maximise the positive impact on teaching and learning and minimize contact with multiple small hands on any given day.One way of doing this is to create a timetable for the iPads and move the set around to each class. Classes could have the class set of iPads one day a week or for a full week on a rotation basis. Another option is to share the iPads between your classes evenly so that every cla
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Digital Learning in Old Bawn Community School

06 Oct 2020
Windows devices and Office 365 enable smooth transition to Blended Learning in Old Bawn Community School As a large, multicultural school with almost 1000 students, recently nominated as a Microsoft Showcase School, Old Bawn Community School took the decision to begin the process of introducing Windows devices for all teachers and students to foster students’ independent learning skills, as Principal Ursula McCabe tells us:“We wanted to empower our teachers, challenge our students and deliver curriculum content using 21st century skills that would prepare students for further education and the world of work. Wriggle trained our teachers as digital leaders who shared their skills with their departments. We then introduced devices for each student (1:1) starting with first years this year.”“Lessons have now become more interactive with the onus on students to explore processes and answers as opposed to learning through direct instruction.“ Laying the Founda
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How iPadOS 14 will Positively Affect your Classroom

01 Oct 2020
How iPadOS 14 will Positively Affect your Classroom by Jamie Johnston From my experience using iPad in the classroom and training educators around the country, I know that Apple design their devices to enhance the user experience and make creative and independent learning easier, and iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are no exception. The iPadOS updates, including new features like Scribble, are set to make learning with iPad even more seamless than before. Scribble From writing on the board to giving feedback to students in their copybooks, as a teacher, my handwriting has always been an issue, which is one of the many reasons I’m so excited about Scribble. Scribble literally gives teachers and students the ability to turn written text into typed text instantly. For me the iPad was never supposed to be a device that relied on heavy keyboard use - certainly not in education. It is best when it is unleashing creative potential i.e. when students have an iPad in their hand and are actively
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