Junior Cycle Short Course in Coding (L.O.: 2.7 – 2.10): Presentations on a topic or challenge in computer science that inspires students.

Second year students came up with very interesting topics and challenges in Computer science. They convincingly presented and reflected on feedback. The following are some of the topics:

Robotics, super computers, hacking, assisted education, animation, social media, computer architecture, computers during 1950s, woman and computers, anonymous.

Artificial intelligence.

Why do girls not study computer science.

Computer science as a new Leaving Cert. subject.

Computer Science – the nerd stereotype!

Top 10 Rules

Great videos to show students so they can see famous entrepreneurs. Ask students to take down the rules and spot how they are similar to the theory of entrepreneur characteristics (motivation, determination, realistic risk-taker, innovative, manage time and stress, leader, focus on vision/ expansion/planning… ).

The following are some of my favorites:

Pick Yourself Up and TRY AGAIN!” – Richard Branson’s (@richardbranson) Top 10 Rules – Volume 2


Simon Cowell’s Top 10 Rules For Success (@SimonCowell)


Michelle Obama’s Top 10 Rules For Success (@FLOTUS)https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=33s&v=RdePbLi8-ao

Mark Zuckerberg’s Top 10 Rules For Successhttps://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HMpWXQpogqI

J.K. Rowling’s Top 10 Rules For Success (@jk_rowling)https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bvMtUuedLwU

“Never, EVER, GIVE UP!” – Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Top 10 Ruleshttps://m.youtube.com/watch?t=180s&v=rI4l4wcSS2w

Steve Jobs’s Top 10 Rules For Success


Oprah Winfrey’s Top 10 Rules For Success (@Oprah)


Skype – A- Thon


Skype in the classroom is a great way for students to have virtual visits in and visits out for the L.C.V.P. Link Modules, business and coding, and it is very good for the C.S.P.E. class. Collaboration with schools around the world offers a unique opportunity for students in Irish schools.

I hope to book some calls and watch some virtual tour in the coming weeks, and I will keep you posted on the outcomes. Skype-A-Thon will be held next week, so it is a good time to start.

Skype-A-Thon is a global learning event that makes it possible for students to virtually travel around the world and connect beyond the classroom.

This year Skype-A-Thon is on November 28-29, the aim is to travel 10 million virtual miles to make new friends, open hearts and open minds in order to create a kinder, more compassionate world!


The Sunday Business Show


The Sunday Business Show with Conal O Móráin on Today FM, is worth a listen. Some interesting content can be brought back to discuss in the business classroom. Every Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m., the show talks about businesses and interesting brands like; Starbucks and Tesla.

Teachers can also listen back to the show, to let students hear the podcasts in the classroom. Follow on twitter with the #BusinessBehindTheBrand, and twitter handle @SBSTodayFM. Here is a link to the TodayFM website: