Lent

Pancake Tuesday is a day greeted with much delight last week as people enjoy their pancakes with their many different toppings and creations. Some people even go to extremes and they have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It is a day of indulgences.However, Pancake Tuesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday and marks the beginning of Lent.

Lent is a topic which can be covered with a range of years and can be pitched very easily to each class.

A few resources which I have picked up this year for lent are as follow!


Short Youtube clip on Lent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAuB-3V46zk


Short Youtube clip on Ash Wednesday or Lent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3L3c23MfC0


 

Lentsanity Free App designed for young adults.


Pray as You Go Catholic App Free App where you can make a digital retreat for Lent.


 

Credit @MsKeleghan and @rechatie


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Will have daily updates and resources throughout lent.


 

Sign up to the diocesan advisor newsletter! Great resources are emailed out.


 

Beautiful images to use throughout Lent

 

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A short reflection on the Holocaust

Recently in the History Society I asked students what they would like to study. A huge amount of students asked to study World Wars and in particular the Holocaust. The reason for this was the promotion and coverage of the Holocaust Memorial Day on the news and over social media.

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The amount of coverage of the Memorial Day is noble as it does raise the hope that mistakes made can ensure people are aware of the injustices that occurred in history, and not to be repeated again.

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However, despite this report it does well to view recent FBI reports that it is the Jewish community that still the most persecuted religious community in America (reported attacks). To realise and hear that the Jewish community is still being persecuted despite the atrocities committed against the Jewish community highlights how we may not be learning from our past mistakes.

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When teaching about World Wars or the Holocaust it is important to remember that there is still injustices occurring the world despites our best attempts

Glogster

Glogster  is a new Web 2.0 technology that allows students and teachers to make multimedia posters.

Glogster is an excellent Web 2.0 Technology ties into the NCCA Key Skills as well.

  1. Glogster encourages students to think critically and creatively as they have to create a multimedia poster but use relevant information.
  2. They have to process information to make the multimedia poster.
  3. When making a multimedia poster they have to communicate with their teacher and fellow classmates when making a multimedia poster.
  4. If the teacher uses Glogster in class, students will have to think what they want to do, how they want to create the poster and how much information they want to put on the poster and can they achieve their plan in the limited amount of time they will have.

An example of some Glogster Posters!

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Additionally, it’s great for students as there is already made templates and examples for students full of media which can help them get ideas.

It’s also free and easy for students to use as well as being safe.

For more information on Glogster try looking at Glogster Twitter Page: http://ncca.ie/en/Curriculum_and_Assessment/Post-Primary_Education/Senior_Cycle/Key_Skills/Key_Skills_Framework.html

Web 2.0 – History Hub

http://historyhub.ie/

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Another great history resource is History Hub.

History Hub is a great resource for senior cycle history and even an undergraduate standards.

It has excellent resources for Junior and Leaving Certificate history and with the 1916 Rising coming up listening to Podcasts is an excellent way to engage students in the classroom and get them motivated in helping commemorate 1916.

Additionally, one feature of History Hub which I enjoyed is their From the Archives section of their website. More and more it’s noticeable that students are losing out on engaging with primary and secondary sources as we are teaching for an exam. Though true it’s great to be able to use primary sources from archives whereas possible.

(Images of the 1916 Rising aftermath)

Additionally,for T.Y. and senior cycle history students can use the website to get ideas for Research projects and topics.

Another simple fact about History Hub which makes it worth checking out is it’s updated regularly and they have a mailing list which you can subscribe to. I found this idea appealing as I sometimes forget what website I saw a great resource on but if I’m on their mailing list a quick search of emails usually turns up what I was looking for.

Look up?

 

In today’s world we are completely immersed in technology. Recently, while reviewing Web 2.0 tools and looking at how to incorporate new ideas into the classroom. For example I used the star wars and arcade generator off classtools.net. Though these web 2.0 tools are marvelous to use and explore it’s easy to forget how immersed in technology we are becoming.

It’s sometimes easy to forget to look up at the world around you. One prime example of people forgetting to look up at the world around us is at the Bus stop.

 

While we stand at the bus stop we are all culprits of having our phones out and checking our phones for updates and news.

Though I see the benefit of the being immersed in technology I think it’s wise to remind ourselves of how to put away technology, even for a brief period in time.

 

 

Free online Irish history class

 

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Earlier this year Trinity launched a free online history class which drew the attention of thousands of people – over seventeen thousand to be exact!

The MOOC is available for anybody with an internet connection and five free hours a week. The course can be taken at the student’s own pace with video, assignment and online discussion with other students and will also offer the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation on completion of the course. Students can also use the hashtag #FLirishlives to interact with other learners. (Ciarán Brady)

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/Thousands-expected-to-join-Trinitys-free-online-Irish-history-class.html

Sharing resources

Sharing resources is possibly one of the best ways to learn and build up a portfolio of lessons.

I know some teachers do not like to share which is understandable as sometimes you have it tailored to your class and your style of teaching.However, some teachers are fantastic at sharing resources and helping other teachers with resources and ideas.

A few website which are full of teachers who share ideas and resources which are free to download (for the most part) are as follows:

  1. tes.co.uk
  2. History association of Ireland
  3. History Ireland
  4. TED Talks education
  5. blogging websites
  6. Twitter – try #edchatie or #edchat (refer to my previous blog post for specific related subjects)

 


 

Since publishing this blog – this weeks #edchatie was all about sharing!

Some amazing resources were shared and a huge amount of teachers and educators took part in sharing many web2.0 tools and resources. I will post the transcript to this blog when it is published tomorrow!

 

Christmas – Animoto style

A web 2.0 educational resource I have yet to delve into yet (plans for the weekend is to curl up with a cup of strong coffee and delve into all these educational resources!) is Animoto!

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What is Animoto?

Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows. Animoto is based in New York City with an office in San Francisco. (All credit for TNW

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Sometimes it’s easier to demonstrate something that try and explain it thus keeping with the Christmas Theme let me show you an example of Animoto in action!

 

Want to know more?

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/14/animoto-celebrates-its-fifth-birthday-with-six-million-users-and-new-i-love-ny-video-style/. This article ran a great article on Animoto fifth birthday which summarised all the questions you may have about animoto!

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#edchatie

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A web 2.0 tool that is frequently used by many educators is Twitter!

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Inspired by the recent assignment to look at communication in regards to the key skills being rolled out the new junior cycle I have realised I have not communicated via blog how great a resource #edchatie is for teachers. Though I have blogged about twitter quite a bit – I feel I may have overlooked giving you a detailed insight to #edchatie which is held each monday night between 8.30-9.30pm on twitter.


 

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It was set up by Fred Boss  (@fboss ) of the NCTE (National Centre for Technology in Education). Each week @fboss uploads a poll open to suggestions of questions and topics that could be discussed vai the micro-blogging platform twitter each Monday night between 8.30-9.30pm. People are free to vote which one should be discussed. Once the poll has closed the topic and questions are tweeted out to the masses.

Each person is encouraged to use the #edchatie when discussing the chosen topic or question.

For example a recent topic which was discussed:”Teaching with teachers not open to technology”. This was a great discussion and promoted many views from all sides of the discussion.

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Unfortunately, due to the huge volume of responses I was not able to read ever tweet and response on twitter – even when using twitterdeck! (web 2.0 tool I highly recommended if into twitter, or even beginning to use twitter)

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Instead of being disappointed – I was able to download the whole discussion via a transcript a few hours later on the edchatie website. (http://edchatie.pbworks.com/w/page/37159466/edchatIE%20Summaries)

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#edchatie is one of the best discussion to join into if you are a teacher (even more so if you are teaching in Ireland). It connects you with hundreds of other teachers in similar situations and you can share tips or problems you have – which can be resolved in a matter of minutes in some cases!

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How do you sign up for #edchatie or even how do you promote the use of #edchatie in your staffroom? I found this poster via the semoraranga website (all credit to @seomraranga) which is clear and easy to understand.  edchatie_poster

Hope to see you all there tomorrow night!

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What would you do? Morals – LC example

Morals – What would you do?

What would you do  (WWYD) is an American newsmagazine and situational hidden camera television programme that has been broadcast on ABC since February 26, 2008. It is hosted by news correspondent John Quiñones.

The program features actors acting out scenes of conflict or illegal activity in public settings while hidden cameras videotape the scene, and the focus is on whether or not bystanders intervene, and how. Variations are also usually included, such as changing the genders, the races or the clothing of the actors performing the scene, to see if bystanders react differently. Quiñones appears at the end of each scenario to interview bystanders and witnesses about their reactions.

As the experiment goes on, psychology professors, teachers, or club members watch and discuss the video with Quiñones, explaining and making inferences on the bystanders’ reactions.

How does this tie into Morals?

First of all look at the Definition of Morals: concerned with or relating to human behaviour, especially the distinction between good and bad or right and wrong behaviour: moral sense. 2. adhering to conventionally accepted standards of conduct. 3. based on a sense of right and wrong according to conscience: moral courage, moral law.

How does this relate to the Leaving Certificate Curriculum aims?

What would you do ties into these LC Religious Education aims:

  • The general aim of education is to contribute towards the development of all aspects of the individual, including aesthetic, creative, critical, cultural, emotional, expressive, intellectual, for personal and home life, for working life, for living in the community and for leisure.
  • Additionally, it also ties into All Leaving Certificate programmes, in contributing to a high quality education, emphasise the importance of : self-directed learning and independent thought, a spirit of inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving, self-reliance, initiative and enterprise, preparation for further education, for adult and working life and lifelong learning

as it promotes students to become aware of the global world in which they are living in today and how they interact with the world around them is done through Morals.

Also, WWYD raises topical and current issues which are in the media which the students can relate to. This can promote critical thinking and engaging responses from students on topics which require personal language in an everyday situation. (Ties into to examine some understandings of ‘morality’ and the implication of these understandings for personal decision-making and to identify the elements and context of a moral decision.)

Why use WWYD in the classroom in regards to Technology (Web 2.0 Tool)

WWYD is a viewed by the students through a web 2.0 tool – YouTube. This is incorporating and expanding students minds as to how they view short clips online – social online awareness.

Additionally, it highlights critical thinking and moral judgement to students to never judge a book by its cover either – as it’s revealed that each scenario those in the video are witnesses to are set up so to speak.

Few examples of WWYD clips available on their youtube channel.


Resources to go with this video!

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/336468/Scammers-sell-3-pregnancy-kits-online

http://www.naturalnews.com/045174_pregnancy_tests_women_relationships.html

http://www.alternet.org/latest-troubling-internet-trend-selling-positive-pregnancy-tests

This is a video which most students can relate to if you can break it down and ask can you think of a time you didn’t have enough money for something.

Would you let someone go without baby food.

Embracing the christmas time – WWYD – similar topic to the previous video.