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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

News report by Barry Hennessy.

The guest on the programme this week was Simon Lewis of Carlow Educate Together National School. Simon talked about using technology in teaching, investing in technology for schools and about his websites www.anseo.net and www.mash.ie. He also tweets about education. During his interview Simon referred to various other websites. One is a repository of educational resources, www.seomraranga.ie. Another is the website of the Computer Education Society of Ireland and the third is the site where you can produce wordles.

Barry spoke to Brian Hayes, Fine Gael spokesman on education, about the priorities for the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Mary Coughlan, in her new brief.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

News report by Barry Hennessy

The main interview this week was with Professor Richard Bailey who was the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the Irish Primary Physical Education Association in Limerick.  Seán also spoke to Caitriona Cosgrave who is chairperson of the Irish Primary Physical Education Association and who lectures in Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education.

Barry spoke to Damien Bracken from Boston's Berklee College of Music about local workshops and scholarships for promising musicians.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney

News reporter: Barry Hennessy

On this week's programme we feature an interview with the Director of the Teaching Council, Aine Lawlor, on the work of the Council. We begin the programme with the views of a non-scientific sample of teachers we spoke to in two schools - one primary and one secondary.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

This programme began with an interview  with Dr. Brendan Guilfoyle of the Institute of Technology in Tralee about grade inflation. In the interview he responds to Minister O'Keeffe's response to the problem highlighted by the Network for Irish Educational Standards, of which Dr. Guilfoyle is a founding member.

The feature interview was with Maurice McMahon about his book Mr. Mac: A Blackboard Memoir on his life as a teacher in St. Benildus College in South Dublin. It is the first memoir about secondary teaching written by an Irish teacher. In it he talks about teaching Irish, teaching history, what makes a good teacher, how students have changed and about his father, the well-known writer and teacher Bryan McMahon. The book costs €15 and can only be ordered directly from Maurice McMahon at his e-mail mrmacbenildus@gmail.com.

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