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Tuesday, March 14

  1. page Cyberbullying, sites resources and policies edited This is a collection of resources curated primarily within the context of the Irish educational sys…
    This is a collection of resources curated primarily within the context of the Irish educational system and mostly gathered via the CESI List., if you are based elsewhere you should be aware that your legal duties and contexts may differ from those described in these documents.
    First:Recommended speakers: updated 2017: I asked the CESI list for recomendations in March 2017, and the most recent data below is based on this:
    Starting with a very good Overview from Cloina Curley from Cybersafe Ireland:
    Just to introduce myself, I'm Cliona Curley, programme director with CyberSafeIreland, which is the Irish children's charity for online safety. Cormac's point about no qualifications being needed is an important one. There are a lot of individuals / businesses now offering their services to schools. Some we have heard great things about, others may be doing more harm than good. Internet safety covers a huge spectrum of different risks and some very sensitive issues - the messaging needs to be right, and it needs to be delivered in an effective and age appropriate way.
    There is unfortunately no certification or approval that any provider of these services can get from the Dept of Ed, but my advice for what it's worth would be the following:
    check out the credentials of the people involved. Knowledge of IT or digital media does not automatically make you an expert in online safety. Do they have access to expertise in online child protection, behavioural change, cyberbullying etc? Do they have good testimonials from other schools on their website?
    make sure that the trainer feeds back to parents what apps and games that the kids are using and the risks associated with these and tailors the parents talk around this. It's also really important that the emphasis in parents talks is less on simply terrifying them and more on empowering them to do something about it.
    make sure that any talks are classroom based and not "talking at" large numbers of kids in a hall. Unless kids are actively engaged in the session, it is unlikely to influence how they behave online. It's also really important that this isn't just an annual activity, but that these messages are reinforced often at school (and most importantly at home). The national internet safety website www.webwise.ie has some great resources for this. We've also got some helpful stuff for schools and parents on our website www.cybersafeireland.org, including our new short video for parents which schools are welcome to share with parents on their websites or social media.
    Sorry for the rather rambling essay but I hope that helps :)
    Regards
    Cliona
    There was some discussion about the Credentials and expertise of "internet safety speakers", concern being expressed, that there was a functional difference between being an IT expert, and being web aware, and being a useful speaker on the topic.
    Respondents also felt it was important to distinguish between a talk for parents, a talk for teachers and a talk for students.
    More specific details are given below:
    Vivian Purcell: "Highly recommend Speakers from Children of a Digital Age. http://childrenofthedigitalage.com/"
    Fionoa MacMenamin Recomended "in my school, secondary, we've had Dr Maureen Griffin in several times. She is excellent, but in demand.
    Here is some details https://www.mgmstraining.ie/who-we-are
    This year we've also had involvement with http://www.trendmicro.ie/home/internet-safety-for-kids/"
    Eoin form Whizzkids responded:
    Hi Laurence,
    We do this - give internet safety presentations - but it does cost. www.whizzkids.ie I'd be happy to.
    These guys also do it: zeeko.com and they are excellent, I think they are based in UCD so I'd say Wicklow would be no problem.
    If you are looking for a presentation on a no-fee basis, I know a local primary school got a garda in to talk to the students who was really good, and the fact that he was in uniform added to the drama!
    best wishes,
    Eoin
    Frank ÓTormaigh responded:
    We had John Wills in recently to speak with kids, parents and teachers. Thought he was very good.
    https://ie.linkedin.com/in/john-wills-8796b231
    Previously on this page I had the following
    recommended speakers:
    Fabulous fellow named Simon Finch doing great things!! On twitter as @simfin Mary
    He has a website/blog here:http://simfin.wordpress.com/about/
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Monday, November 14

  1. page Maths edited ... http://www.livemaths.ie/index.html (Commercial) A site providing live online learning. This ca…
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    http://www.livemaths.ie/index.html (Commercial) A site providing live online learning. This can be a cheaper alternative to grinds while retaining the immediate interactivity which can be very helpful in learning maths.
    www.yteach.ie (Commercial), the following info is provided by the supplier of the link: Resources covering most of the Irish curriculum, upper primary, Junior Cert and Leaving Cert.. Easy to navigate and search with the ability to save favorites with teachers own files. Also has a sister site www.ylearn.ie where pupils can complete assignments created by the teacher on yTeach. Variety of subscription options.
    StudyClix One I like, with a lot of open access resources.
    http://members.engineersireland.ie/events/event_details.asp?id=126381 Free LC grind session, Dublin, Saturday mornings. These are on a first come first served basis, but there is also a link to video on the page.
    Numeracy programs recommended by anseo.ie in this Blog post http://www.anseo.net/2011/05/5-must-have-pieces-of-educational-software/
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Monday, September 12

  1. page Computing edited ... Pyonkee (Scratch) (Source code available at: https://github.com/SoftUmeYa/Pyonkee) ScratchJr …
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    Pyonkee (Scratch) (Source code available at: https://github.com/SoftUmeYa/Pyonkee)
    ScratchJr (Scratch)
    Textastic An advanced code editor for the iphone
    Nitro ? possibly Nitrous
    Editor
    Codea
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  2. page Computing edited ... Coding on Ipads, This list was contributed to the CESI list by Chris Reina, I will try and lin…
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    Coding on Ipads, This list was contributed to the CESI list by Chris Reina, I will try and link the resources later
    Tynker
    Dash (API) An API documentation Browser
    Lightbot
    Buffer (C++, Java, Arduina, HTML, Perl, Python, Ruby, SQL and lots more)
    Tickle
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    Syntax capabilities) A code editor for ipad or iphone
    Mobile Markup
    ScriptKit Drag and drop programming for the ipad
    CodetoGo
    Kodiak
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    Editor
    Codea
    Diet Coda Now Coda on IOS, There is a link to a review with links to follow here Review of Coda
    Codosaurus
    and of course: Pythonista…
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  3. page Computing edited ... A very good one page briefing on ipads in education 5 common Ipad mistakes Coding on Ipads,…
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    A very good one page briefing on ipads in education
    5 common Ipad mistakes
    Coding on Ipads, This list was contributed to the CESI list by Chris Reina, I will try and link the resources later
    Tynker
    Dash (API)
    Lightbot
    Buffer (C++, Java, Arduina, HTML, Perl, Python, Ruby, SQL and lots more)
    Tickle
    Koder (CSS, PHP, SSH and Syntax capabilities)
    Mobile Markup
    ScriptKit
    CodetoGo
    Kodiak
    Pyonkee (Scratch) (Source code available at: https://github.com/SoftUmeYa/Pyonkee)
    ScratchJr (Scratch)
    Textastic
    Nitro
    Editor
    Codea
    Diet Coda
    Codosaurus
    and of course: Pythonista…

    App Development/Windows development/Mac development
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/ Microsoft developers network lots of free tools and tutorials here.
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    2:03 am

Tuesday, June 7

  1. page Maths edited This page has been created initially from resources mentioned on the CESI list for maths education.…
    This page has been created initially from resources mentioned on the CESI list for maths education. All suggestions or comments are most welcome.
    Laurence Cuffe
    Resources on teaching maths. this is an heterogeneous collection of papers etc. on teaching maths
    Teaching Geometry, van Heile Levels
    Walter Whiteley teaching to see like a mathematician

    http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/ A general site for the history of mathematics. I find adding a historical context to a mathematics development can engage students. See for instance the entry on Hypatia of Alexandria!
    And a video:
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    http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/ If you are doing serious Stats, this is a free alternative to spss. You might also want to look at the R Project and Flowing data's tutorial page on data visualization using R. This might be Transition year or young scientist territory, its unlikely to feature in delivery of the regular curriculum.
    Gun deaths in the US (crowd sourced) Gun deaths in the US an interactive page based on twitter links to news reports.
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    might understand
    Tools and Software.
    http://www.geogebra.org/cms/ Geogebra A system usable either on line, or downloaded for exploring geometry and algebra
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Friday, April 22

  1. page Online Mathematical Models edited ... Genetic algorithms solving light bot Genetic Algorithms, explained with Lightbot A downloadab…
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    Genetic algorithms solving light bot Genetic Algorithms, explained with Lightbot
    A downloadable Forest etc. Fire simulator http://www.firelab.org/project/farsite
    Schellings model formfrom VI Hart
    The NetLogo Models page: gives an impresion of whats available http://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/models/
    HTML5 example of a Cloth model http://andrew-hoyer.com/experiments/cloth/
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  2. page Online Mathematical Models edited ... Lindermayer systems HTML5, play with the code http://p5js.org/examples/examples/Simulate_L-Sys…
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    Lindermayer systems HTML5, play with the code http://p5js.org/examples/examples/Simulate_L-Systems.php
    Creatures avoiding planks http://otoro.net/planks/
    Self balancing pendulum http://otoro.net/ml/pendulum-esp-mobile/index.html
    Shakespear's plays as networks http://www.martingrandjean.ch/network-visualization-shakespeare/

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