Mr. Jim Lenaghan, Chief Technical Officer and Dr. Tony Hall, Lecturer in Educational Technology, School of Education, NUI Galway, attended the Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) Winter Conference, 24th-25th November; at the North Somerset RTC, Sidcot School, Winscombe.

The conference featured presentations and hands-on workshops by Apple Distinguished Educators and educational technologists who are utilising apps, innovative infrastructures and peripherals, and portable and ultra-mobile technologies to enhance learning and teaching in RTCs across the UK and Ireland.

The School of Education’s Apple iPedagogy Learning Environment (AiPLE) is an Apple Regional Training Centre. For latest information and updates on apps, educational technologies and innovations, follow School of Education on Twitter edtechne.


the iPad in the classroom

November 2, 2011

The results of a six month 2010 iPad research project involving 40 faculty members  of the University of San Francisco has been published. The study looked at how teachers could use the device as a tool in the classroom. The result: many teachers found the device useful, but all thought there was room for improvement.

Speaking for himself …

October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs whose death has been announced, speaking here about his philosophy of life ie living each day as if it was his last.



One to watch : September 27th launch at the University of Limerick of a book that features educational technology research undertaken by School of Education’s Bonnie Long and Tony Hall, and Seán Duignan (GMIT), School of Education PhD graduate (2009), within the School of Education and NUIG’s Apple Regional Training Centre.

Hall, T., Duignan, S., & Long, B. (2011) “Quality through Synergy: Technology-Enhanced Learning (Animation, Virtualisation and Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVEs) in Higher Education”. In Hourigan, T., Murray, L., & Riordan, E. (Eds.) Quality Issues in ICT Integration: Third Level Disciplines and Learning Contexts. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 28-46.

Final Cut Pro X

July 5, 2011

 On the plus side,  new features such as redesigned audio effects, video effects, and color grading tools are an integral part of Final Cut Pro X .  However,  there is no way to “translate” or bring in old projects without changing or losing data.  Here are a list of FAQ’s to clarify aspects of the video editing  process – helping you to compare and contrast with iMovie.

it’s called LEAFSNAP – a guide to thousands of trees and fauna; identifies flowers, fruits and other elements.  Of special interest to those who love nature, country rambles, and all kinds of garden life. It even allows one to photograph an unidentified leaf and identify it.  Above all, it’s a boon for botany teachers, ensuring participative and collaborative learning.

And it’s free.


IPad as Textbook

May 11, 2011

The concept of extending the classroom beyond the walls of the school building has been moved centre-stage as schools adopt the iPad as a replacement for school textbooks.  The experience of one such school is documented here .

It’s a timely recognition that the views and experiences of the Net Generation (also known as millenials, digital natives, homo zappians etc.) need to be incorporated into classroom   environments.

However, not everyone is convinced of the educational value of tools such as the iPad, even if it’s hugely successful at the level of engagement.  Furthermore, its use may generate inequality given the cost involved.

Time, as they say, will tell.