March 13th 2017

When I established the forums in 2005 it was to offer a more richer web experience and greater functionality than the platform where we started this social adventure in 2003, Yahoo Groups. The forums were once a busy hive of activity and provided locals and visitors with a wealth of information just like the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook today.

It was a time where we didn't have the many social media platforms we have today, and it was a different time in terms of mobility and technology. There was no instant access to information, no Google Maps and a very limited base map on your GPSr. Mobile connectivity for me was a 9600bps Infrared connection from a Nokia to a laptop and in later times to a PDA using WAP.

As we moved into the social media era so did our forums users. Geocaching Ireland moved there too, and we have a thriving community on the Geocaching Ireland Discussion Group on Facebook. As a result, forum activity isn't what it used to be and I have taken the decision to disable new registrations to the forums and to make the forums read only so any information there can still be accessed.

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Irish Times piece on Geocaching question on Junior Cert

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Irish Times piece on Geocaching question on Junior Cert

Post by Tmsr » Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:18 am

See article below from Irish Times, Friday 14th....

The relatively obscure topic of geocaching – a treasure hunt involving GPS – confused some students on an otherwise fair and straightforward higher level Junior Cert German paper.

Teacher Scatha Ní Fhearghail said that although the reading comprehension on geocaching may have been a little off-putting for some, the questions were manageable.

In contrast to other exams this year, the paper was not particularly topical. Another reading comprehension involved a tortoise, while a letter-writing task required students to focus on a recent visit to hospital.

The aural exam, which constitutes more than 40 per cent of marks, was well-paced with appropriate language.

Ms Ní Fhearghail said the ordinary level paper was “nice, with clear language, and well pitched for that level.” A reading comprehension required students to answer questions on a boy who helped his mother around the house.

Just over 10,000 students sat yesterday’s Junior Cert German exams, compared to almost 35,000 students who took Wednesday’s French exam.

Broad range
Meanwhile, Junior Cert home economics students sat down to a paper that had “a broad range of questions for modern-day living,” according to Maura McCaul, a teacher at Loreto College on Stephen’s Green in Dublin. There was a strong emphasis on nutrition, consumer studies and social studies. Home management and design and textiles also featured on the higher level paper. Students were asked questions on vegan diet and meat substitutes.

Ms McCaul had particular praise for the ordinary level home economics paper, which was “extremely topical and well set”. Water conservation, over-packaging and the safe disposal of batteries were amongst the environmental questions. Students were also asked about teenage bullying and conflict between children and adults in the home.

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