rewind and remind

  • The Quiet Unconference that is CongRegation #cong17

    The Quiet Unconference that is CongRegation CongRegation is the unconference whose entry is via a blog post. This year the theme was innovation. It is the calmest conference in the world. Attendees meet in small groups around the village of Cong, each joining with a different group in four ‘huddles’; coffee and lunch breaks are […]

  • It’s a micro wha’? Come to #MegadojoIE in Maynooth and meet the Micro:bit !

    It’s a micro wha’? Come to #MegadojoIE in Maynooth and meet the Micro:bit ! We at Coderdojo Ireland HQ were beyond thrilled when Lorraine Underwood said she’d be home to Ireland for Megadojo weekend, and could run us two workshops with BBC Micro:bit and a fun twinkly lights seasonal theme. Lorraine is a teacher in […]

  • Megadojo on the double, Dec 2nd

    Eugene McDonough of Codedojo Ireland had a brainwave a few years ago – why not get 1024 kids coding together, and call it Megadojo? So he did, and it has become an annual event in Limerick Institute of Technology. Never one to stop and rest, Eugene’s new brainwave is to have Coderdojo Ireland host TWO instances […]

  • Up with this sort of thing, Ted. #tmClare

    I was humming Ralph McTell’s lovely emigrant’s lament last Friday evening while diving to TeachMeet Clare. “It’s a long long way from Clare to Here“. To my surprise, it wasn’t as long as I expected; the new M18 runway motorway shortened the journey from Cavan to Ennis considerably – many thanks to those who constructed […]

  • Goodbye and thank you #TimRylands

    Today is the day to officially say goodbye and thank you to Tim Rylands RIP. Family and friends are together in the UK this evening to do this together. Those of us at TeachMeetClare in Ennis, Ireland will wave across the sea to you… Tim was, in turn, the man with the gorgeous voice using […]

  • So very very Tim…

    News of @TimRylands leaving us arrived yesterday at the same time as delivery of @brian_bilston book of poems. Opened it later in the evening, and had to smile. The title poem seemed so very very Tim…    

  • More Samhain, less Hallowe’en – up with this sort of thing!

    More Samhain than Hallowe’en these days in Cavan. [possible alternative title – a tale of two Dohertys]. Samhain is the Irish for Halloween. It is a very old and scary festival. Turnips carved into voodoo shrunken head shapes, ducking for apples, doing stuff to scare the bejeezes out of the neighbours. Anything to take the […]

  • Nice work, Ireland.

    Nice work, Ireland. I was very happy to send out this message at the weekend (the third weekend of the week that was really two weeks). Over the five years since Julie Cullen lead us into Code Week EU as our first ambassador, volunteers have organised over 1200 events for citizens in Ireland. Teachers, mentors, […]

  • Logo(s), LEDs, leaders, and locks.

    Logo(s), LEDs, leaders, and locks. Had to do some serious dictionary checking for the first two there. I think I’m in the clear. CESI, Code Week EU, and TeachMeet have all combined to make the last three weeks a bit of a whirlwind of adventures. (But in a good way, as it involved meeting and […]

  • #teachmeet – the ‘desire line’ of CPD?

    I’ve been fascinated by ‘desire lines’ way way before I knew they had a name. They always made me smile, whether they were the physical paths worn into the world by human walkers, or those transient desire lines made by students (and teachers) in school taking the ‘Módh Díreach’* to their destination rather than the […]

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