Face to face ICT summer courses 2016

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PDST Technology in Education is delighted to offer 8 face to face ICT summer courses for summer 2016. Topics include: Creating and using digital resources to support literacy and numeracy, Using Scratch to develop Numeracy and Problem Solving Skills (PDST TiE/Lero) and Whole school approach to the use of ICT for teaching, learning and assessment.

 

PDST Technology in Education is delighted to offer 8 face to face ICT summer courses for summer 2016.

If your school wishes to host one of these courses for your staff (and include neighbouring schools), please contact your local Education Centre. You may want to attend one of the courses in another venue. Again, simply contact your local Education Centre to see the PDST Technology in Education courses they are offering and the venues for same.

Creating and using digital resources to support literacy and numeracy
In this revised course for 2016 emphasis will be placed on participants creating their own teaching and learning resources before exploring useful online resources for literacy, including IWB specific resources and tools.

Each module includes opportunity for discussion centered on classroom application and includes specific reference to the use of ICT for literacy, numeracy and assessment. Each module refers to classroom based examples of differentiation so as to cater for our pupils’ varying learning abilities and SEN needs across the curriculum.

Finally, the development of safer internet practices and whole school planning for e-learning will be also be prioritised throughout the course.

Using ICT for Literacy and Numeracy in the Junior Classes
This revised summer course for 2016 engages teachers in a hands on approach to using ICT in the junior classroom. Each module includes practical use of online resources, tools and programmes to promote ICT integration so as to develop and support children's learning in literacy and numeracy.

Each module refers to classroom based examples of differentiation so as to cater for our pupils’ varying learning abilities and SEN needs across the curriculum. Many modules also provide participants with opportunities to investigate project based learning. Throughout the course we will look at developing safe and responsible internet use, promoting and developing e-learning as well as integrating ICT in current SSE initiatives in your school.

Finally, relevant classroom based examples of collaborative and cooperative work in infant classrooms will be explored throughout the week by all participants as they plan for the use of ICT to support teaching, learning and assessment in their own classrooms.

Using Scratch to develop Numeracy and Problem Solving Skills (PDST TiE/Lero)
This revised summer course for 2016 from PDST TiE develops the use of Scratch 2.0 as a programming language in the primary classroom. The course includes a wide range of of short classroom practice focused videos demonstrating Scratch being integrated in daily teaching activities at a range of class levels.

Each module includes discussion of practical classroom applications of Scratch programming and makes specific reference to the use of Scratch as a teaching tool in developing, supporting and extending children’s application of key mathematical concepts and skills.

By means of a range of practical group activities, participants will investigate how they might incorporate Scratch across other curricular areas. Finally, other key areas discussed over the duration of the course include the development of safe internet practices in the school environment, finding and selecting good quality teaching material online and planning for e-learning practices in my school.

Available as whole school training? Yes – but best done in a venue with excellent broadband as Scratch 2.0 projects can be saved and shared online.

Using Tablets and Online Tools for Literacy and Numeracy
A revamped and revised summer course for 2016 from PDST TiE based on the purposeful use of tablet technologies, namely the iPad in this instance, and how it can be used to support teaching and learning in the Irish primary classroom.

Firstly, teachers will examine the key educational and whole-school considerations in the deployment of tablet technologies through a range of participant oriented tasks and activities. Participants will explore areas such as developing literacy and numeracy lessons with tablet devices, investigating accessibility and SEN practices in Irish classrooms before planning for the possible integration of tablet devices across the wider curriculum.

The course will also explore how tablet devices can be used to develop whole school assessment practices by developing a portfolio of sample teaching and learning resources for all class levels over the week. Finally, the development of safer internet practices and whole school planning for e-learning will be also be prioritised throughout the course.

Note: For this course, you will have to bring their own mobile device. Note also that there will be special venue requirements, to include excellent WiFi.

Embedding ICT in the Primary Classroom
A revamped, practical course for 2016 from PDST TiE introducing teachers at all class levels to ways in which ICT can be easily integrated into daily teaching practices. The course will investigate the use of a range of literacy, numeracy and wider curriculum related websites and resources which can add to active learning in the primary classroom.

Over the duration of the course you will be guided through the process of creating a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment based digital resources which you can use in your own classroom.

Other key areas of course content to be discussed and developed include the importance of safer internet practices in the school environment, finding and selecting good quality educational content online, developing whole school assessment practices through the use of ICT and finally planning for e-learning practices to complement current SSE practices in your school.

The reading and writing process using ICT
This revised summer course for 2016 from PDST TiE will investigate will investigate a wide range of easy to use, practical online resources which can build and foster pupils' skills in reading comprehension, oral language, writing and vocabulary at all class levels. It will also explore how ICT can be used to support and develop key elements of literacy by developing a digital portfolio of sample teaching, learning and assessment resources for all class levels over the week. Each module makes reference to classroom based examples of using ICT to support differentiation so as to cater for our pupils’ varying learning abilities and SEN needs. Other relevant areas discussed during this course include building safer internet practices in my school, integrating technologies in literacy intervention programs as well as planning for e-learning and SSE on a whole school level.

FÍS - film making to develop literacy in the classroom
This summer course for 2016 will introduce teachers to the skills involved in the process of film-making and how it can support and develop literacy skills.

Each module is structured to encourage a hands-on approach to learning. Each module will begin with an exemplar before participants work on a range of directed tasks and activities through the use of a variety of film-making technologies (hand-held camera devices, software,) as tools to develop pupils’ literacy skills. All modules finish with a group discussion on classroom implementation as well as the sharing of ideas, strategies and good practice.

Over the duration of the course, participants will explore how the process of film-making can be used to develop relevant resources to enhance teaching and learning in literacy across the curriculum.This course will draw on the film making process of creative writing for film, scriptwriting, storyboarding, shotlists as well as film capture and editing to promote literacy in a school. It is hoped that all participants will be able to prepare a short film during the course.

Whole school approach to the use of ICT for teaching, learning and assessment
Leading digital learning and technology integration in your school? This revised summer course for 2016 explores the benefits and potential of technology to enhance the learning experience of students in the 21st century.

The course begins with an exploration of digital age learning cultures (Past and Present) and examines how the nature of learning is changing in a digital age as well as the skills that students will require to navigate this changing landscape. The course also seeks to challenge school leaders’ beliefs regarding effective and meaningful technology integration towards the development of their own vision for technology integration in their school. It will help school leaders explore effective and strategic planning for technology integration and how they might lead this integration within their own context, from curricular and organisational perspectives.

Furthermore the course examines Digital Citizenship and what this means for students, teachers and school leaders.  It examines how pupils can be supported to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. The course also explores excellence in professional practice as well as pedagogical considerations, incorporating the Tpack and SAMR Models for effective, transformative technology integration.

Finally the course examines the areas of personal and professional effectiveness, linked to the leadership domain, Personal Growth and Development. Through this module participants will probe effective workload management strategies and how to harness the learning potential of peer or personalised learning networks. A core component of the week is the maintenance of an ePortfolio of participants work, which will incorporate  learning from the course to help participants understand the benefits of an ePortfolio for student led, self-directed learning. This learning provides an insight into the use of portfolios/eportfolios and constructivist approach espoused in the curriculum.

For full information about these face to face courses, please visit our Training section. - See more at: http://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/NEWS/Face-to-face-term-time-courses.html#sthash.iRrIXH7c.dpuf
For full information about these face to face courses, please visit our Training section. - See more at: http://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/NEWS/Face-to-face-term-time-courses.html#sthash.iRrIXH7c.dpuf
For full information about these face to face courses, please visit our Training section. - See more at: http://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/NEWS/Face-to-face-term-time-courses.html#sthash.iRrIXH7c.dpuf

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