I have had a twitter account for some years but have only recently started using it again. I have found it to be such a valuable tool! So, if you are a teacher and have never used twitter before, you are probably asking yourself:


*Well first of all, as in any job, I believe you should always aim to stay up to date and twitter does a great job connecting you with educators all over the world. It is incredible how easy it is to find and follow people who are online sharing best practices.

*Second, in twitter you will meet and network with teachers, this will open incredible doors and will present you and your class with different learning opportunities. Collaboration between classes is something which I am trying out at the moment with my class and I feel it is such an incredible opportunity for my students and their learning. Giving them the opportunity to connect with other students from all over the world and share their learning and different perspectives. This will definitely help them in their future learning.

*Sharing of resources, as I mentioned before, educators on twitter are constantly sharing resources and ideas. What better place to start looking for resources? It is also a great community and once you have networked it is a great place to ask for help.

Well, these are only a few reasons why you should join twitter. I know a lot of people are sceptical about using social media and I completely understand where they are coming from. As teachers we have 100 and 1 things to do…marking to get through….observation lessons to prepare…homework to set…lessons to plan and god knows what else. I do not use twitter at school during my day to day mainly because when I am in school I do not stop. But at home, I do think it’s a great tool for the reasons I mentioned above!

So, give it a go and you can follow me at @Mr_ODonovan    🙂


kahoot-logoRecently we have introduced Kahoot into some of our lessons. During our year group planning sessions we sometimes find it difficult to come up with new and exciting ways to engage our students, especially lesson starters and plenaries, but we are always looking for technological ways to engage students and enhance their learning.

Kahoot has proven to be an excellent tool for student engagement. It is so simple to use and the students don’t even have to log in, they simply access the Kahoot Quiz via a ‘Game Pin’. The amount of Quizzes already available make it a breeze to find something useful and if not then you can always duplicate a quiz to edit it or make one of your own from scratch!

Going back to student engagement, it really is genius! Students are excited about the whole ‘game’ feel that Kahoot has, the competition with leader boards and just how fun it is! Now, what about the education value from a teachers perspective?

Well, we have only used Kahoot a few times, but the features it has for teachers make it a useful formative assessment tool. As a teacher you can access all the data about each quiz you have played with a class. The results are downloaded as an excel document where you can see the names of the students that participated and all the questions they faced in the quiz. You can also save the results to your Google Drive.

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This is then broken down further, the results will show each question, how students answered and if they got the question correct or not. You can then access individual questions to further analyse the results where you can see the percentage of students that answered the question correctly and how long they took to decide on an answer.

Global view of student names and the questions, showing whether they answered correctly or not:

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Breakdown of individual questions:

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In the above question it is clear that a high percentage of the class could not answer the question correctly, this helps in identifying areas that need to be addressed.

We will definitely be using Kahoot in the future and I recommend you try it in your classroom if you haven’t done so already!