Blogs: Irish schools are blogging

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
Ballon NS  
Holy Family B.N.S., Askea  
St. Fiacc's NS  
Carlow Educate Together NS
Scoil Muire Gan Smál  
Scoil Phádraig NS, Rathoe
Gaelscoil Eoghain Úi Thuairisc
St Killian's, Mullagh
Loreto College, Cavan
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  
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
Scoil Chroí Íosa, Blarney
Desertserges NS,
Drumkeen NS  
Woodland NS  
Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Lifford
St Columba's NS, Ballylast
Scoil Naomh Padraig, Drumfries
St Mary's NS, Malin Head
Kilnarron NS, Ballyshannon
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
St Louis PSenior Primary, Rathmines
Ballinteer Educate Together
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
St Joseph's, Kinvara
Knockaclarig NS, Castleisland
Scoil Pio NS, Ballybunion
Convent Primary School, Listowel  
CBS Primary, Tralee
Scoil Eoin Tralee
Scoil Nano Nagle, Listowel
Castledrum NS
Scoil Diarmada, Crookstown  
Rathangan BNS  
Scoil Eoin Phoil  
Tiermohann NS
Scoil Bhride, Naas - 4th class
St David's Naas
Ballyadams NS, Athy
Caragh NS, Naas
St Brendan's NS  
St. Colman's, NS  
Scoil Ruadháin  
Scoil Michil Naofa, Galmoy
St.Patricks BNS, Portarlington  
Leitrim Lough Allen College Literacy Hut
Ardvaney NS Mrs. Shannon's Funky French
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
Castleconnell NS
Carnane NS

St Teresa's NS, Killoe
Sacred Heart Granard
St. Oliver's NS, Carlingford
Presentation Girls N.S., Drogheda
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
St Colemans NS, Ballaghadereen
St Brigid's NS, Toreen

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
Lumcloon NS Killina Presentation Secondary School, Tullamore
St. Clare's, NS, Glasson, Athlone   
Ballinamere NS, Tullamore
Frenchpark NS
Cornafulla NS
Ransboro NS  
Our Lady of Mercy
Ms Gilmartin's Class Blog
Rathleen NS
Ardkeeran NS
Scoil Ursula
St Aiden's Monasteraden
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
Sacred Heart Primary, Roscrea
Gaelscoil Philib Barún Newtown
Lismór Mochuda NS
Holy Cross Tramore
Knockanore NS
Edmonton NS, Killucan.  
Scoil an Chlochair, Kilbeggan.  
St. Clare's NS, Athlone  
Scoil Mhuire, An Chúil
St Mary's Collinstown
Gaelscoil Moshíológ, Gorey  
Mercy School  
Screen NS  
Gorey Educate Together NS  
St. Aidan's Primary School  

Scoil Naomh Maodhóg
St Mary's Ballygarre

Grangecon NS, Dunlavin
St Brigid's N.S (2nd Class), Greystones
St Brigid's Green schools blog
St Philomena's Bray
St Peter's Primary, Bray

Who else is blogging?

History Matters, by Second and Third Year, Portmarnock Community School

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 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 Susan Leahy - aimed at Junior and Senior Cycle students. by Padraic Dowdican

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 Jake's Online Wiki
Technology Made Easy Educational Origami

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!