Introduction to Tablets (Post Primary) (online)

Suitable for users of Android, iPads and Windows tablets, this is an interactive online course introducing you to the use of tablets in the post primary classroom. The course contains basic tablet tutorials to help you get started with your tablet, as well as video exemplars of teachers using this technology to support learning in post primary classrooms across a range of different subject areas. This course may be suitable for ‘additional’ (Croke Park) hours.

 
Duration2 hours
Skill LevelBasic
SectorPost-primary
Target AudienceAll (post primary) teachers
PrerequisitesBasic ICT skills. Participants should have experience of carrying out basic ICT tasks (opening, editing, saving, closing files) and be proficient in using an Internet browser. No prior experience of using a tablet is needed.

Online course availability, requirements and access

All PDST Technology in Education online courses are hosted on TeacherCPD.ie. Please return to TeacherCPD.ie for information on available dates (see the Course Schedule). Enrolment links appear on TeacherCPD.ie once the course is open for enrolment (login first, then see the link labelled “PDST Technology in Education - Courses on digital technologies in teaching and learning. ENROL HERE”).

Technical: To access and complete this course we strongly recommend the use of a laptop or desktop for a good user experience, along with a tablet (android, windows based or iPad) to review apps and complete activities. A good broadband connection is also required. Please ensure the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari is installed on your device(s).

Course Content

The course consists of three modules, and includes the following:

  • An introduction to using tablets in the post primary classroom
  • Basic tablet tutorials (for Android, iPad and Windows devices)
  • Ideas for classroom implementation of tablets across a range of subject areas
  • Video examples of teachers using tablets in the classroom
  • Information on how tablets can support students with SEN
  • Accessibility information and guidelines
  • A wide range of apps and online resources for use with tablets in the classroom.

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, participants will be enabled to:

  • Use the basic tools and functions associated with most tablets
  • Use a tablet to support learning in their subject area
  • Explore apps and other online resources for use in their subject
  • Become familiar with accessibility features of tablets
  • Use a tablet to support students with special educational needs.