PDST TiE ICT Courses Spring 2017 – No Fees!
The following ICT courses will be taking place in Dublin West Education Centre this Spring. Please download, complete and return the ICT Application form to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book a place.
ICT courses have no fees as they are fully funded by PDST Technology in Education. As places are limited, a “first come” basis applies. All courses require a minimum of 10 participants to run. To qualify for a place you must have a teaching council number.
Applications accepted by email: email@example.com or by post to: ICT Courses, Dublin West Education Centre, Old Blessington Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Confirmation of booking and any other correspondence will be sent by email only; please ensure your email address is legible and check your spam/junk mail as mail can go into this folder. Please use a personal email address rather than a school one.
Dublin West Education Centre, Old Blessington Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Telephone: 01 4528000
Digital Citizenship / Internet Safety (POST PRIMARY)
ICT is rapidly becoming an integral part of teaching learning and assessment, however as students become citizens of the digital community, they must be guided and facilitated in how to behave responsibly online and develop good judgement when interacting in a global digital society.
This course will focus on supporting teachers in teaching students the rights and responsibilities that are prevalent for them as digital citizens. It will concentrate on the following themes:
- Digital Citizenship online and in the classroom. (What does it mean to be a good citizen and a citizen in the digital world?)
- Being ethical online (Citing sources, Copyright etc)
- Identifying safe sources of information for students
- Managing myself online (Digital footprint, online identity & social networking)
- Staying safe online (Cyberbullying, Sexting, Inappropriate content)
Facilitator: Niall O’Connor
Dates: Monday March 20th & 27th 2017
Times: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Dublin West Education Centre
Course Code: 17DW623
An Introduction to Scratch Programming in the Classroom (PDST/Lero)
Scratch is a free application, developed by the MIT Media Lab, which allows users to create and share their own interactive stories, animations and games.
It is easier to use than traditional programming languages as it consists of graphical blocks which snap together.
This course, over 2 dates enables teachers to use Scratch to support teaching and learning, both at primary and post primary level.
The course was designed by PDST Technology in Education in collaboration with Lero.
Facilitator: Stephen Devlin
Dates: Monday February 13th & Thursday March 2nd 2017
Times: 4:30pm – 7pm
Venue: Dublin West Education Centre
Course Code: 17DW624
Exploring the use of Tablets in the Primary Classroom
(Participants must have their own / school iPad): Explore the use of iPads to enhance teaching, learning and assessment in the Primary classroom. Create teaching and learning resources. Use iPads to support literacy and numeracy development in the classroom. Explore applications (apps) to enhance teaching, learning and assessment in literacy and numeracy.
See more at http://www.apple.com/support/ipad/essentials/
Note: Apps required for this course (List will be sent to participants prior to course)
Module 1: Generating content for Literacy and Numeracy
This module covers how to create your own teaching resources for literacy and numeracy. It includes maths trails and ways to use tablets/apps for open-ended investigation (problem solving).
Module 2: Assessment and Digital Portfolios
This module investigates methods of using tablets to support assessment and evaluation strategies at primary level. It also covers apps that can be used by teachers and students to maintain a digital portfolio of their work.
Facilitator: Gerry Diver
Dates: Tuesdays March 28th & April 4th 2017
Times: 4:30pm – 7pm
Course Code: 17DW625
Whole School ICT Training
These courses can:
- take place in your school, in the Education Centre or another suitable venue
- be customised to the particular needs of your group of staff
- cover a range of topics from using digital cameras to developing a website/blog to using the internet in learning and teaching
- be as short as a once-off 2.5 hour session to a 20 hour course run over a number of weeks or months.
The minimum numbers required to run a course is 10, but smaller schools may wish to consider clustering with another local school. Dublin West Education Centre in collaboration with the school principal, can be contacted to arrange such courses. Please contact the ICT Course Administrator, Zita Robinson at 01 4528000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to apply.
Schools Broadband –
- Scoilnet is the Department of Education and Skills official portal for Irish education. It is responsible for the promotion and use of the Internet in education under the Government’s ICT in Schools Programme. Launched in 1998, the website is managed on behalf of the DES by PDST Technology in Education. Scoilnet offers a wide range of services and supports.
- Webwise is the current PDST Technology in Education internet safety initiative and is the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Node of Insafe, the European network of internet safety awareness nodes. It provides parents, teachers, and children with educational resources, advice and information about potential dangers on the Internet and empowers users to minimise or avoid these risks.
- Scoilnet Maps
- Featuring a comprehensive range of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) maps, world maps and lots of GIS data that can be viewed as “layers” over the maps. It’s available now in all primary and post-primary schools on the Schools Broadband Network. Teachers can also access from home by using their Scoilnet account sign-in.
- FÍS Film Project
- FÍS (literally translated as ‘Vision’) is an initiative from the Department of Education and Skills in the Republic of Ireland and is a project designed to introduce the medium of film as a support to the Primary School Curriculum/Curaclam na Bunscoile. The FÍS project is managed by PDST Technology in Education, in collaboration with Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology.
- CensusAtSchool is an international project that started in the UK in 2000. Ireland became involved in this exciting initiative in 2009. The project involves collecting and disseminating real data for use by teachers and pupils in data-handling, ICT and across the curriculum for teaching and learning. A collaboration between the NCCA, the CSO and PDST Technology in Education.
- Digital Schools
- This award is an initiative which aims to recognise excellence in a school’s approach to the integration of ICT in learning and teaching. PDST Technology in Education led this initiative until 2013 in partnership with CESI, the INTO and the IPPN. It is now managed by Dublin West Education Centre.