Recent News

The Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) has organised a Spring Seminar, which will take place on Wednesday, March 25th next, Blackrock Education Centre at 4.30 p.m. The seminar, facilitated by Mark Fennell, is for both primary and post-primary.  It will look at literacy in the context of active learning pedagogies, with a specific focus on embedding oracy and, in particular, dialogue, across the curriculum. It will link this to the core aim of promotion of self-efficacy as a foundation for continued learning capacity.  
There is no charge to attend, but we recommend booking a place by clicking here

The Eircom Junior Spider’s Awards recognise both individual and group work in areas such as web design, blogging and gaming.  Categories range from age 4 up to age 19 and can be individual, class or school projects,   Entries for this year’s awards will close on Wednesday March 11th.  There will be some new categories this year including Creative Web Coding and Best Transition Year Project.  More details at

UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2015, co-hosted by UN women, will take place from 23rd-27th February.  It will focus on the potential of mobile technology to empower women and girls.  To give Irish women and girls a voice at the conference, an online campaign has been organised. Its purpose is to capture experiences of using mobile devices in everyday life, in the context of learning, entertainment, collaboration, communication and, particularly, work in areas of STEM.  The objective is to encourage wide participation and diversity of experience.
Women and girls are asked to upload an image of themselves via Twitter to @NewsTalkFM using the hashtag #MLW2015 (Mobile Learning Week, 2015), stating how they use their phones for work or learning. An example...

The dlr LexIcon is now open to the public.  Both Library and Cultural Centre,  with 80,000 items in the adult and junior libraries, 60+ computers, 100 study spaces and a floor dedicated to Local Studies, there is plenty to discover at dlr LexIcon Library. 
Due to the phenomenal demand from school teachers in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area who would like to visit dlr LexIcon with their classes, an Open Evening for Primary teachers has been organised from 5-6.30pm on Wednesday 4th February and for Secondary teachers on Wednesday 11th February. 
The Open Evening will include details on membership for teachers and students, forthcoming events, classroom sets, how to make the most of a school visit to dlr...

  On March 28th a Primary Science event will take place in Cork.  Organised by the Irish Science Teachers Association in association with Lifetime LabOn, it will provide an opportunity to bring together Primary Teachers interested in developing the teaching of science within their schools. Further information by clicking here 

MATHletes Challenge 2015 launched on Monday, January 5th. This 4-month Challenge develops students’ confidence and competence in maths using Khan Academy, a free online learning platform. The uniquely competitive and engaging experience culminates with €20,000 in prizes and the title of MATHletes Challenge All-Ireland Champion.  You may sign-up at any time during the Challenge at
Another information session for teachers interested will take place in the Centre on Thursday January 15th at 7:30 p.m.  Book you place by clicking here

You may have heard of the Reading Ulysses course that we have successfully run in Blackrock Education Centre.  You may have even attended the course already but you know of someone who might enjoy it.  We are delighted to announce that Dr Seamus Cannon has offered to guide us again in the adventure that is to discover what has been described by many critics as ‘one of the greatest novels ever written'
Introduction to the course: Tuesday, December 9th, 7:30
Tuesdays in 2015, from 7:30 to 9:30

January 13th

February 10th

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April 14th

May 12th

June 9th
Please email If you intend to come on the 9th...

A Victorian Village
By Séamus Cannon and Carole Cullen
Published by Blackrock Education Centre Nov. 2014
Available from:
Price €20 paperback; €35 case bound. (limited edition)
Please call 012365013 or go to  for more information
'Monkstown - A Victorian Village' is an affectionate and evocative celebration of the social and architectural heritage of Monkstown, a Dublin suburb. Authors Séamus Cannon and Carole Cullen present the history of the Monkstown community and its built environment in an extensively illustrated and very readable 125pp. An interesting feature is a focus on notable residents of the nineteenth century...

Tuesday 11th November 19:30 
As part of the Arts in Education Charter, an Arts in Education Portal will be established.  This will be new national digital resource of arts and education practice for teachers, artists, and anyone working in the field of arts in education. It will provide a dedicated space where good practice, research, resources and inspirational case studies can be shared and accessed online. 

The Write a book Project will run for the 29th time this year as usual.
You can download the registration form from
The website contains also information, ideas, suggestions and a couple of slide shows that the children might like: one is a Merit book from last year, Taibhse sa Bhanc (rang a dó) and the other a sample of images from Merit books 2014.
Dates for Write a book Project 2015 can be found in the Calendar page, under the To Participate tab.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Adela at the Centre (01 – 236 5024)