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Becoming a Digital Learner - Learning with Tablets

A digital learner utilises digital technologies and resources to acquire knowledge and skills. Digital learning includes online courses, e-books, educational apps, interactive multimedia, virtual classrooms, and many more as the digital world expands. Digital learners often leverage the internet and digital devices like computers, tablets, and smartphones to access educational content anytime and anywhere. Digital…

Teamwork with the Magical Leaders

Teamwork emphasises the importance of collaboration, shared responsibility, and the collective achievement of goals. Teamwork is essential in school as it cultivates communication skills, promotes peer learning, and prepares students for future collaborative endeavours, fostering a supportive environment conducive to academic success and personal growth.How important is teamwork? Confidence Building: Successfully contributing to a team and…

What if social media didn't exist?

As a parent or teacher, have you ever asked yourself, ‘What if social media never existed?’. At Zeeko, we often reflect on this question having built a business based entirely on protecting and educating our young people on social media and internet safety. As parents ourselves and many of our colleagues having children, it is…

Zeeko's recommended apps for Primary schools

As a parent or teacher, the App or Google Play store can be an intimidating place. Often the brief app descriptions on the app stores don’t paint a whole picture of what the product will truly cover or what information it will hold. We have compiled a list of educational apps we recommend for primary…

Becoming a good communicator with the Magical Leaders Programme

Being a good communicator means conveying information, ideas, thoughts, and feelings, effectively, and appropriately in various contexts and through different channels. Becoming a good communicator in early in life is essential for a student’s progression through education and professional careers. As with most things, the earlier students begin learning, the better.Some critical aspects of being…

Issues we now face because of the internet - combatting with Internet Safety Seminars

We know that technological advancement, especially the internet, has brought many issues to our children’s lives or at least enhanced underlying problems. Regarding education and learning, internet access has changed how students source information. Later in this blog, we will compare the main differences between pre-and post-internet education.The issuesWe are conscious of not continuously repeating…

The Internet is getting worse!!

In today’s digital age, the Internet has become an indispensable tool for learning, communication, and entertainment, especially for students. There are pros to internet usage, but the cons are continually on the rise. Will there ever be a time when the pros will outweigh the cons? Probably not. This leaves us with the question, is…

Magical Leaders and 21st Century Skills

Magical Leaders is a peer-led education programme for 5th and 6th-class students, developed by Zeeko Education and supported by Enterprise Ireland. This innovative digital learning experience helps to teach and nurture 21st-century skills engagingly and interactively. Developed by educational specialists and teachers, Magical Leaders complements and enriches the new primary school curriculum by developing transferable…

Typing for Students

Here at Zeeko, we speak to many schools weekly across Ireland and, in more recent years, across the globe. A topic that has been coming up recently is typing.  In today’s digital age, proficiency in typing has become an essential skill for students, playing a crucial role in their academic and future professional success. Learning…

A Parent's Guide to Device and Social Media Safety

In today’s world, it is the norm for kids to grow up surrounded by social media and gadgets. At this time of the year especially, people of all ages spend more time on their phones or devices. Santa has arrived and undoubtedly has delivered something digital to your household. This digital landscape is an everyday…

The Overlap between the Magical Leaders Programme and The New Primary School Curriculum

In 2023, the Department of Education in Ireland launched the New Primary School Curriculum (NPSC). There are two parts to this framework. This blog will focus on the second part of the curriculum, which deals with how and what students will learn. You can read our full blog here, covering both parts of the New…

Tablets in the classroom can complement teachers and teaching

Digital technology has become thoroughly integrated into our everyday lives. We use it for almost everything: reading, learning, entertainment, to distract and often even to relax. When it comes to the use of technology for education, there are many pros and cons. Tablets are ‌becoming more and more common in the ever-changing world of education. Tablet…

Is social media desensitising our children and students?

Social media is a widely controversial topic, especially regarding how our younger generations use it. In our last blog, we discussed how social media can cause our youth to be over-exposed to various topics that they need to be more mature to comprehend. You can read the full blog here. Please read the Irish Examiner…

Are our children becoming overly exposed?

In a digital world, are our children and young people becoming overexposed? We think so. We think so because they are learning more and more about topics that shouldn’t be explored until they are much older. We recently read an article that ultimately inspired this blog. You can read the full article here. However, here…

Protecting Mental Health in Schools

How can students’ mental health suffer in school?When we think of school, we often think of fun, friendships and learning. However, while this might be true for primary schools, can the same be said for secondary schools? Let’s start with primary schools. How can students’ mental health suffer in primary school?  The Transition: entering a new…

Screentime in Schools

We’re almost into the last quarter of 2023, and a topic we have seen being covered by the media is the excessive use of screens and digital devices among our students. Screen time in schools can be a valuable educational tool when used appropriately and in moderation. Schools need to have clear policies, provide guidance…

Phones at the table are a lost opportunity

What does the title of this blog mean? How are phones at the table a lost opportunity? This blog aims to focus on communication and how important communication with children is from a very young age. Whether you are a working parent or not, your child spends most of their young life with their parents…

Social Media Cheat Sheet for the Classroom

Social media is a space that is continually changing. It is a discussion topic that is arising increasingly in classrooms. There is no doubt that the classes that need to be spoken to about social media are getting younger. We all need a little refresher occasionally, so here is a short refresher blog on the…

Internet Safety insights from inside the classroom for Teachers

At Zeeko, we continually seek ways to give your students the best possible information about social media and online safety. The online world and the world of social media are forever changing and at a speed that can be difficult to keep up with. It’s our mission to help you as teachers and schools as…

Internet Safety insights from inside the classroom

At Zeeko, we continually seek ways to give your children the best possible information about social media and online safety. The online world and the world of social media are forever changing and at a speed that can be difficult to keep up with. It’s our mission to help you be as informed as you…

FOMO - Social media FOMO in kids

As a parent, we instinctively want our kids to be liked and included among their peers. It’s natural; no one wants their child to feel left out or appear like they don’t fit in. We want our children to be happy and have a group of friends that they grow and develop with. Social media…

Boundaries around devices - summertime vs school time

How do you set boundaries around devices? This can be a tricky topic to navigate in your household. Boundaries change depending on your child’s age, your values, school policies etc. School life gives structure, families have a routine. Summertime can be different as children have more free time, and parents are often working, so there…

Teenagers and Revenge Porn

What is Revenge Porn?Have you heard of Revenge porn? It is something that has been highlighted in the news recently. It is an activity that has emerged from younger people not being educated about the dangers of sharing inappropriate and explicit content of others without their consent, typically of a former partner. This content is…

The Dangers of TikTok

What is TikTok? We’re quite sure that most people are now aware of the social media platform TikTok. In recent years the platform has taken the world by storm. Aided by COVID-19 lockdowns, it’s now a common household name sitting right up there with Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.  TikTok allows users to create, watch, and…

How Magical Leaders improves digital Skills

What are digital skills?Digital skills are the ability to source, evaluate, organise, use, and communicate information that can be obtained from the internet or on a computer or a device. Since the first computer was invented, there has been a need for digitally skilled people to operate and work in roles where digital devices are…

21st Century Skills and the impact they are having on our student’s education

21st-century skills are tools that can be applied universally to improve how we think, learn, work and live in the world. When we reflect on what school actually is, it’s preparing students for when they leave education. How we prepare them is to equip them with the skills they will need to become great citizens…

How participation in Magical Leaders can help your child's mental health

The month of May is dedicated to raising awareness around mental health. With mental health issues continually increasing for our children and students, at Zeeko, we are always researching and looking for ways to support parents, teachers, students and children around these topics. According to Mental Health Ireland, 1 in 10 children will suffer from some…

The Primary Curriculum Framework: An Overview of the New Primary Curriculum for Ireland

The Minister for Education Norma Foley has officially launched the new Primary Curriculum Framework for primary and special education schools. The framework was developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, work that took six years to prepare, researched and designed using national and international research, reaching out to over 60 primary schools and…

Are your children safe from online gaming addiction?

What is online gaming?   Online gaming is at an all-time high, with children now using devices before they even begin walking. Online gaming refers to any game played on a computer or device, generally over the internet. Last week, Ryan Tubrity on RTE Radio 1 dedicated a talk show segment to speaking about online…

Press Release March 2023

Zeeko and Next Education announce partnership, strive to transform the edtech landscape of India~ The partnership introduces Magic Leaders, a peer led entrepreneur programme ~~ Educators and students who participate in this programme can leverage an interactive digital learning experience through an edtech SaaS platform ~India, March 17: Zeeko, an Enterprise Ireland backed high-potential start-up…