Great Ireland Run!
I did the Great Ireland Run again this year. Last year I did it but it was a walk and took a very long time. I won't even say how long! This year after joining the running club in January and having several weeks of training interrupted I am proud with my time. I was aiming to finish but that was all. I had not been training due to an injury. I can look forward to training in the next few weeks for the Great Limerick run. We'll see how I go. I signed up for the half-marathon in January. I'm hoping muscle memory will kick in. It's quite ambitious when I've missed a few training sessions but I'm going to see on the day.
Maths and Education Symposium
The maths and education symposium in Galway on Monday was a great success. Folens gave out pens and pads at the registration and they were greatly appreciated. http://www.nuigalway.ie/education/news_and_events/20112012.html
Are you asking where I am in the photo! I am not in the group photo on the website... I hid!
When I demonstrated how to use the wiiMote hooked up to the laptop I had set the buttons to button B on the wiiMote, I might change that! After all, you are supposed to be throwing a Dart not a Frisbee.
I bought a wii as well that weekend and used the sensor bar from it as well as a battery operated sensor bar that I got on-line. (I wasn't taking any chances).
I had 4 different bluetooth dongles ready in case my Targus bluetooth dongle had some trouble.
It was all programmed using c# in MS Visual Studio Express C# along with XNA game studio 4.0.
Many tutorials online later I know more than I did before! Youtube is my friend!!!
Myself and Nichola presented the WiiMote using 'the alternative dartboard.'
It was programmed using 3ds max for the dartboard itself and dart.
Bluetooth WIDCOMM drivers using a targus bluetooth device.
Windows 7 operating system.
We heard from some amazing new projects that they have developed. The new pupils that these students will teach will get a nice surprise. They were really great projects.
Digital Media Awards
So we got into the gold finalist for the active maths digital resources. I am proud to say these were based on strands 1 and 2. I worked on them! Rolling dice, constructions and card selections. It was great.... check out the camtasia I made for the entry.http://www.folens.ie/videos/dma2012/I am glad we took part. I believe it was Folens first award ceremony and entry so it was great to be a part of it. We had stiff competition but I kept optimistic throughout. It was a great experience and I'm glad we took part in it.