Irish Schools And Blogging

Blogs: Irish schools are blogging from Scoilnet- Portal For Irish Education

What are blogs?

Blogs are basically webpages that contain the writings or posts of an individual or group of individuals. They usually centre on a particular theme and follow a reverse chronological order. Not only do they provide an online space for individuals to express themselves they also facilitate reader commentary, critique, and interlinkage between sites and other blogs.

Many schools use the Scoilnet webhosting/blogging service to set up and maintain their blogs. This is a free service which operates through the Schools Broadband Network. More information on this service is documented here and via NCTE Service Desk @ 1800 33 44 66.

To support schools, the NCTE also runs the following course entitled, ‘Creating your School’s Website using Scoilnet Blogs‘.
5 reasons why schools should blog

Many schools are seeing the educational benefits of blogging. Teachers are mainly creating subject specific blogs or blogs documenting a particular project. The aim is usually to provide a more collaborative and interesting learning experience.

Here are five reasons why schools should consider blogging.

1. They encourage higher order skills such as reflection and analysis but also encourage reading, writing and collaboration
2. Publishing commentary and entries can lead to peer learning, peer assessment and a sense of ownership, all of which are highly motivational
3. The technology involved is easy to use.
4. They easily support video, audio and other media and file types therefore creating a very dynamic learning experience and supporting various learning styles
5. L
earning is extended to outside the school environment.

Who’s blogging?

The following is a snapshot of teachers and schools, primarily in Ireland, who are currently blogging. If you know of any other interesting school or education blog let us know via “Contact us“. Alternatively, if you are a new or seasoned blogger why not answer Scoilnet’s call to all teachers that blog to share their experiences.

Primary Schools
Post-Primary Schools
Carlow
Ballon NS
Holy Family B.N.S., Askea
St. Fiacc’s NS
Carlow Educate Together NS
Scoil Muire Gan Smál
Scoil Phádraig NS, Rathoe
Cavan Loreto College, Cavan
Clare
Barefield N.S., Co. Clare. St. John Bosco Community College
St. Joseph’s NS, Kilbane. St.Joseph’s Secondary, Tulla
Moveen NS
Moyasta NS, Kilkee
Rineen NS
Cork
Cholmcille CBS
C.B.S. Primary Mitchelstown.
Gaelscoil Mhainistir na Corann, Midleton.
Maria Assumpta Infant School
Ovens NS
Scoil Eoin Ballincollig
Cloughduv NS
St Columba’s GNS, Douglas
Gaelscoil Mhuscraí, Blarney
Donegal
Drumkeen NS
Woodland NS
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Lifford
St Columba’s NS, Ballylast
Scoil Naomh Padraig, Drumfries
Dublin
Archbishop Ryan NS Colaiste Dhulaigh, Coolock
Beaumont Hospital School, Dublin 9
CRC School
Mount Seskin Community College, Jobstown.
Donabate Portrane Educate Together Our Lady of Mercy College, Beaumont
Burrow N.S., Sutton. Mount Temple Comprehensive
Holy Spirit BNS, Ballymun Portmarnock Community School
Mother of Divine Grace St. Michael’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Finglas
Our Lady of the Wayside NS, Bluebell Fingal Community College
Sacred Heart BNS St Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon – IT
St. Attracta’s Senior National School St.Colmcille’s Community School – Mathematics
Scoil Assaim, Raheny St.Colmcille’s Community School – Science
Scoil Bhride, Donaghmede St.Colmcille’s Community School – Chemistry
St Brigid’s NS (Senior Infants) St. Columba’s College – Senior Cycle English
St. Damian’s School St. Columba’s College – Science – The Frog Blog
St Columba’s College – Art
St. Joseph’s CBS, Fairview John Scottus School – TY India Project
Assumption Junior Boys School, Walkinstown
Scoil Eoin, Kilbarrack Moyle Park College Written by TY Journalism class
St Paul’s Greenhills
St. Andrew’s College Library
Scoil Neasáin, Baile Harmain
Scoil San Treasa
St. Martin de Porres, Tallaght
St. Clare’s Primary School
St.Laurence O’Toole’s CBS
St Louise de Marillac, Ballyfermot
St. Marnock’s NS, Portmarnock
St. Molaga’s NS, Balbriggan
St. Patrick’s Junior School, Corduff
St. Patrick’s GNS, Ringsend
St Brigid’s Killester – Parents Association
Talbot Senior NS, Bawnogue
St Finian’s NS, Newcastle
St Louise de Marillac, Ballyfermot
Our Lady of Lourdes NS, Inchicore
St Brigid’s Infants – Finglas
Galway
St. James NS, Bushypark Gairmscoil Mhuire, Athenry Vocational School,
Clontuskert NS Clifden Community School
Drim NS St. Cuan’s College, Castleblakeney
Gaelscol Dara, An Rinn Mhór
Presentation NS, Tuam.
S.N Naomh Breandán, Annaghdown
Scoil Chaitríona Junior
Scoil San Phroinsias
Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Breandán
St.Patrick’s Primary
Gaelscoil Riabhach
Belmont NS, Tuam
Scoil Bhríde, Mionloch
Craughwell NS
Ballyconneely NS
Kerry
Knockaclarig NS, Castleisland
Scoil Pio NS, Ballybunion
Convent Primary School, Listowel
CBS Primary, Tralee
Scoil Eoin Tralee
Scoil Nano Nagle, Listowel
Castledrum NS
Kildare
Scoil Diarmada, Crookstown
Rathangan BNS
Scoil Eoin Phoil
Tiermohann NS
Scoil Bhride, Naas – 4th class
St David’s Naas
Ballyadams NS, Athy
Kilkenny
St Brendan’s NS
St. Colman’s, NS
Scoil Ruadháin
Scoil Michil Naofa, Galmoy
Laois
St.Patricks BNS, Portarlington
Leitrim
Ardvaney NS
Limerick
Scoil Chríost Rí, Caherdavin Castletroy College
Scoil Mháthair Dé
St. Anne’s NS
St. Anne’s Primary School, Rathkeale
St. Patrick’s Girls N.S.,
Limerick School Project – Cathy’s Corner
Salesian Primary

Longford
St Teresa’s NS, Killoe

Louth
St. Oliver’s NS, Carlingford
Presentation Girls N.S., Drogheda
Mayo
Culleens NS, Ballina. St.Gerald’s College, Castlebar – Business
Gortskehy NS St.Gerald’s College, Castlebar – ICT@SCC
Scoil Raifteirí, Castlebar Rice College, Westpport – Business
Scoil Phádraig, Ballina
Behy NS, Ballina
Balla NS, Castlebar
Meath
St. Patrick’s NS Loreto Secondary School, St. Michaels, Navan – Le Soleil, la lune et les étoiles
Oristown N.S Loreto Secondary School, St. Michaels – TY English
Scoil Cholmcille, Skryne Loreto Secondary School, St. Michaels Bookbuddies
St Declan’s Ashbourne Loreto Secondary School, St. Michaels – Snapshots 
Rathregan NS, Dunboyne Gormanstown English | Gormanstown Religion | Gormanstown Debating
Corracrin NS.
Scoil Phádraig, Corduff
St Mary’s Ashbourne
Offaly
Lumcloon NS Killina Presentation Secondary School, Tullamore
St. Clare’s, NS, Glasson, Athlone 
Ballinamere NS, Tullamore
Roscommon
Frenchpark NS
Sligo
Ransboro NS
Our Lady of Mercy
Ms Gilmartin’s Class Blog
Rathleen NS
Ardkeeran NS
Scoil Ursula
Tipperary
Scoil Ailbhe, Thurles. St. Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh
Scoil Mhuire, Kilvemnon
Scoil Mhuire, Lismackin
St. Michael’s NS, Clonmel
St. Oliver’s NS, Clonmel
Dualla NS
Kilbarron NS, Nenagh
Lissenhall NS
Waterford
Gaelscoil Philib Barún Newtown
Lismór Mochuda NS
Holy Cross Tramore
Knockanore NS
Westmeath
Edmonton NS, Killucan.
Scoil an Chlochair, Kilbeggan.
St. Clare’s NS, Athlone
Scoil Mhuire, An Chúil
St Mary’s Collinstown
Wexford
Gaelscoil Moshíológ, Gorey
Mercy School
Screen NS
Gorey Educate Together NS
St. Aidan’s Primary School
Scoil Naomh Maodhóg
St Mary’s Ballygarre

Wicklow
Grangecon NS, Dunlavin
St Brigid’s N.S (2nd Class), Greystones

Who else is blogging?

Students
History Matters, by Second and Third Year, Portmarnock Community School
Teachers
Labhair leis an lámh by Eleanor Moloney, St Paul’s Secondary, Greenhills New
Douce France by Conall Hamill, French teacher
From the Ground Up by Pauric O’Donnell – follows the re-design of a school website and integration of ICT into the classroom.
eLearning Island, by Dónal O’ Mahony
Think for Yourself, by Noel Cunningham, Physics Teacher
The E-Learning Curve by Michael Hanley, Consultant
Integrating ICT into the Modern Foreign Languages Classroom, by Joe Dale, Language Teacher
Using ICT in Further Education, by Patricia Donaghy, ICT Coordinator
An Increasingly Digital Life, by John Hegarty
Simon’s EduMoBlog, by Simon Lewis
Anseo.net by Simon Lewis

Blogging and Podcasting by Joe Molloy
Careers Ireland by Francis O’ Toole
Faith Artsby Brendan O’Regan
Free Resources for Educators by Patricia Donaghy
Belfield Blog by Conor Galvin
Pennybridged’s Weblog
Mr Kendall Recommends Maths blog by Tom Kendall
More Stress, Less Success by Humphrey Jones
Department of Information and Commnication Technology – St Colmcille’s
ICT Education by teachers at St Columba’s
Pancomido by a teacher of Spanish – aimed at Junior and Senior Cycle students.

Organisations and other

Teachnet Blog Intercultural Education in Ireland
Marisa de Dios Advanced English Class International Bloggers Directory
Ewan Mc Intosh CESI (Computer Education Society of Ireland)
CESI – Dublin Branch Jakes Online Wiki
Technology Made Easy

How do I get started?

Check out the following:

Document – What is Scoilnet Webhosting/Blogging?  Webpage: Blogs in Education | Video –  Commoncraft – Blogs in plain English | Presentation –  Using a blog as a teaching resource | Advice Sheet –  Blogs | Damien’s Account on blogging –  Seomra Ranga | CESI 2009 Presentation by Simon Lewis – Why blogging is best!

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