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On this week's programme I speak to two keynote speakers from the 2018 annual conference of the Computer Education Society of Ireland, Elizabeth Oldham and Richard Millwood, both from Trinity College Dublin. They discuss the past, present and future of the organisation and among other topics Richard discusses how computational thinking relates to teaching the visual arts. 

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On this week's programme my guest is Joanna Norton, a lecturer at the University of the Arts in London. In the course of our interview she told me about the App she developed called Keywords Biology.

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This week I speak to the Chairperson of the Computer Education Society of Ireland (CESI), Adrienne Webb, about the new Leaving Certificate course in Computer Science and other matters.

During the interview we discuss how CESI has been working with various players, such as the NCCA and the PDST, to facilitate the smooth introduction of the syllabus; Adrienne tells us about how she became interested in technology; she discusses resources for teaching computer science; and she describes her approach to working with technology in school.

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On this week's programme I speak to lecturer in mathematics and programming at LIT (Tipperary Campus), Pamela O'Brien. Among the topics we discuss are:

  • Her workshop on “Breakoutedu
  • Her job at LIT – Tipperary Campus
  • The ICT in Education Conference
  • The difference between coding and computer science
  • Transitions she made from working in insurance to lecturing and from mathematics to computer science
  • How teachers can become more involved in coding
  • Who inspires her
  • Why she likes EDCHATIE
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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with primary teacher and mathematics teacher educator, Claire Corroon. You can access resources and opinions about mathematics teaching on her website, Primary CPD. Among the topics we discuss this week are the following:

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

This week my guest on the programme is Claire Corroon a primary teacher and teacher educator with a particular interest in mathematics education. She has many resources on her website, Primary CPD, where she also blogs. In this, the first part of our interview, among the topics discussed are:

  • How she got involved in mathematics education
  • Courses she gives for teachers in summer and at evenings
  • Number talks
  • Concrete, pictorial and abstract representations in mathematics
  • Her approach to teaching tables
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This week I conclude my interview with Dr. Alf Coles from the School of Education at the University of Bristol. Among the topics we discuss this week are:

 

  • Planning for the unexpected in mathematics classes
  • His work with the charity “Five by Five by Five Equals Creativity”
  • Using Cuisenaire rods and a tens chart to teach mathematics
  • How the number naming system in the English language makes learning mathematics more difficult and what you can do about it
  • Using the tens chart to teach decimals
  • How our current curriculum limits children’s understanding of number
  • Creativity in primary school mathematics
  • What inspires him
  • Whose work in education he likes to read
  • What he would change about his current institution
  • How his own schooling influences his practice in education today
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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme my guest is Dr. Alf Coles from the University of Bristol School of Education. Among the topics discussed are:

 

  • What teachers learn from using video
  • Responding to video through description versus judgment
  • Using video clubs for teacher professional development
  • The centre for researching education across boundaries
  • Who was Caleb Gattegno
  • What is the Silent Way of learning a language
  • What is an energy budget for learning?
  • Four stages of awareness
  • Inventing the geoboard
  • Book, What we owe children by Caleb Gattegno
  • How he became a teacher educator
  • How he balances his teaching and research work
  • How he practices teacher education
  • Greg Simon’s blog: https://gregsimonmusic.com/blog/
  • Gregory Bateson: https://mri.org/gregory-bateson/
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On this week's programme I bring you the second part of my interview with Páiríc Clerkin, the Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Primary Principals' Network (IPPN). In this part of the interview our conversation covers topics such as:

  • What the IPPN does
  • How he finds the role of CEO of the IPPN
  • What teachers should think about before applying for roles as principal or deputy principal
  • How will job of principal be different in ten years’ time to what it is today
  • What inspires him
  • What he likes to read/listen to
  • Changes he’d make in the IPPN
  • The five minute bench break
  • How his own education influences his work as an educator
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On this week's programme I look ahead to the 2018 annual conference of the Irish Primary Principals' Network with the Chief Executive Officer of the Network, Páiric Clerkin. Among the topics we discuss are:

  • Priorities for principals at this time
  • School funding
  • Droichead
  • What to expect at the IPPN Conference
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