The March 2012 edition of the INTO magazine “InTouch” carries an article entitled “Schools That Blog – What’s the Attraction?” In the article, the Ransboro NS website is mentioned as one of the schools “which are wonderful examples of blogging and ICT integration”. At the same time Scoilnet, the portal site for all things educational in Ireland, is featuring art work completed by pupils in our school on the theme of the artist Jackson Pollock using an app on the iPod Touches under its “Schools Showcase” section on its homepage. These are both really nice mentions for the school.

On Tuesday, the 4th of October, we went to the hall to do a maths treasure hunt using QR codes.  We have an app on our Ipods called i-nigma.  We used this app to unlock the maths questions.  We had a sheet to write down the answers.  We had great fun.

By E.C and C.L

We have spotted QR codes on a number of items like a Dunnes Stores value clubcard, a presidential candidate’s leaflet and a dairygold carton!

QR Codes 01

Today we did our Friday Maths using QR Codes and our iPods. We went to the hall after first break to do the treasure hunt. We first had to find the hidden QR Codes, then we used the i-nigma app on the iPod to read the code. In the codes were maths questions and question numbers. We had a sheet to fill in the answers. It was fun.

QR Codes 02

By Calvin and Ryan (Rang I)

Pop Art

In June we did some work in the Visual Arts curriculum about Andy Warhol and the Pop Art movement in the 1960′s. We used Google Images to look at and respond to some images from this period in art history. We paid particular attention to the structure of pieces of art created during this period and especially how common, everyday objects were used to create pieces of art. We also looked at how portraits got the Pop Art treatment – who can forget the iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol?

We decided to integrate technology into our Visual Arts work to create our own pieces of Pop Art. The pupils were asked to move around the classroom and, using the still camera on the iPod Touch, to take a photograph of any object in the classroom. They took photos of objects such as a chair, a drink bottle, a pencil case, a highlighter marker and even a piece of bread from someone’s lunch box. After saving the image to the camera roll, they then imported the image into the Photoshop Express app on the iPod. They firstly had to crop the image getting rid of any surplus space around the main image. Then they used the effects menu to create a Pop Art image, multiplying the image by four. Some did this twice creating a picture with the original image repeated sixteen times. The pupils also experimented with different colours and borders. They then saved the image and transferred the image to the teacher’s iPod using the Bump app. These were then transferred top the class PC and printed out. They looked great on the classroom wall. The pupils repeated the same procedure to take a photograph of themselves and turning it into another piece of Pop Art. This was a really enjoyable Visual Arts lesson. I’ve only now gotten around to putting the images together into a short movie created using Animoto, which creates video slideshows using any of your images. I hope you enjoy it.

Pop Art

We created Pop Art on the iPod Touches. Pop Art is where you take a picture and paint it three more times. It came in the 1950’s and was very popular. One of the most popular Pop Art artists was Andy Warhol. He liked to paint tins of Campbells Soup. We looked at some of his paintings on the internet. He even did a picture of Michael Jackson.

For art last week, we had to draw a pop art picture of something from our house. In school we created two Pop Art pictures, one of ourselves and one of an object. We used the camera on the iPod to take a photo of ourselves and an object in the classroom. We imported the picture into Photo Shop Express on the iPod and used the effects to turn them into Pop Art. Here are the pictures of the object Pop Art we created. We hope you like them.

Yesterday we started doing a Twitter Digital Art Project. It is called #tap2011 on Twitter. Tap stands for Twitter Art Project. We had to create digital art using our iPods. We used the Brushes and Abstract Art apps to create these pictures. We hope you like them. You can see all of the Digital Art created by schools around the country in this Flickr Photostream:

Yesterday we started doing a Twitter Digital Art Project. It is called #tap2011 on Twitter. Tap stands for Twitter Art Project. We had to create digital art using our iPods. We used the Paint app to create these pictures. We hope you like them.

Spring Lunes 01

On Tuesday a few weeks ago we made Flickr Lunes on our iPods. There were seven Spring animals that we had to choose from. Mr. Quinn numvered them and gave each of us a number. The animals were piglets, chicks, goslings, lambs, calves, cygnets and foals. A Flickr Lune is a three line poem. The firts line has three words, the sencond line has five words and the third line has three words. We really enjoyed doing this.

By Caoimhe B and Lola.

Spring Lunes 02


A couple of weeks ago we went on our iPods and did some mins maps on Simple Mind Xpress. We did it on food. It was hard because sometimes it would change the Irish word into an English word. Our heading was “Bia”. We typed in the food that we liked and that we didn’t like. Some of the phrases we used were “Is fuath liom”, “Ní maith liom”, “Is breá liom”, “Is maith liom” and “Is aoibheann liom”. We used our Irish book for the spellings. We saved the mind maps and used the Bump app to get the pictures onto our teachers iPod and he printed them out. We had fun making them.

By Jack and Jim (Rang III)

CESI Conference

3rd Class attended the National Conference of CESI (Computer Education Society of Ireland) which had as its theme this year “ICT in Education: Changing Landscapes”. Because of our pioneering work with iPods the pupils gave a workshop to a group of teachers on “Using the iPod in the Primary School“. They gave demonstrations on how they have used the iPods to create Lunes poetry, pieces of visual art as well as showing how to complete an online test using Google Docs. They also instructed the attending teachers how to use the many apps that we use in the classroom to compliment the curriculum. We also had a variety of samples of work that we have completed using iPods on display for teachers to look at.

It is not a usual occurence to have pupils attend this conference, but it was felt that teachers would get a better appreciation of the possibility of the iPod to enhace learning if they saw pupils using them. The reaction to our pupils was hugely positive, both in their ability to explain to adults how to use the iPod as well as their confident and mannerly nature. They were a huge credit to us and did us proud. There was a great reaction to their workshop on Twitter on Saturday night. Here is a selection of the Twitter comments they received:

  • At Damien Quinn’s iPod touch workshop. 3rd class pupils demonstrating use of iPod touch. Brilliant. Learning plenty.
  • Great day so far and a great demo from @seomraranga on ipod touch!
  • Great workshop. Well Done.
  • Great day and talk today!! You’ve a great class! Really jealous.
  • Great to meet you today. So impressed with your wonderful students @mrquinnsclass Thanks for sharing.
  • You have a lot of great teachers to be there in your class!! Lovely kids and great to show us the ipods.
  • A huge thank you to @mrquinnsclass who stole the show at #cesi2010 today. Great to meet your principal, deputy principal and teacher
  • It was a fab session. You should be HUGELY proud of your class!
  • Congrats, such a lovely class, a credit to you @ #CESI2011
  • I think there should be no homework Monday night after the super teaching you students did last Sat #cesi2011
  • You all did a FAB job.

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