Digital Technologies in the Primary Classroom (online)

This engaging online course will show you how to make the most of the technology in your classroom to support and enhance learning, in particular in the following areas: literacy; numeracy; STEM and SEN. It contains practical activities, methodologies and classroom management strategies which will help you to use digital technologies meaningfully in your own context. NB: This course is aimed at teachers who have never participated in a PDST Technology in Education summer online course before.

Duration20 hours (minimum)
Skill LevelBasic
Target AudienceAll primary teachers who have not previously participated in a PDST Technology in Education summer online course.
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.

Online course availability, requirements and access

Dates and enrolment: This free online course will be delivered via once in summer 2020, between July 1st and 17th. Enrolment is closed and all places have been taken. There is no waiting list. See the summer courses information page on for up to date information.

Device:  A laptop, desktop pc or tablet* with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed. A good broadband internet connection is essential. *Most tablet devices work well with our course software but some older devices may not be compatible.

Software/Apps: While this course is free, the content includes examples of many apps and software titles for the purposes of illustration, some of which involve a cost.

Course Modules

  1. Making the best use of your classroom technologies
  2. Finding, selecting and using online resources
  3. Creating resources using online tools
  4. Using digital technologies for assessment and exploring copyright
  5. Planning and next steps.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be enabled to

  • Use the Digital Learning Framework to support their teaching
  • Make the best use of their classroom technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment
  • Understand the benefits of using digital technologies to support literacy, numeracy, SEN and STEM
  • Identify and use a range of educational tools and applications
  • Create lesson activities to support literacy, numeracy, SEN and STEM
  • Understand copyright and safer internet use and how they apply to their own context
  • Plan and describe their next steps in using digital technologies effectively in their classroom.

Impact survey and course

Participants enrolling in this course are asked to commit to participating in a follow up (impact) survey and a short course in autumn, on “Using Digital Technologies in the Primary Classroom”, which enables participants to reflect on their practice and share their experiences of implementing learning from the course in their own classrooms with other teachers who completed the summer course.

Important information for participants

A high standard of participant engagement on this course is required for successful completion. This involves communication with both the course e-tutor and fellow course participants as well as completion of several activities. Throughout the course, participants will be required to join in a range of online discussions and complete a number of tasks. These include a lesson outline which incorporates the use of digital technologies in their own classroom and a reflective learning log. Participants are required to meaningfully engage with their e-tutor and other participants in the discussion forums and provide feedback on resources and comments shared by other participants. Throughout the course, participants will maintain a Learning Record which demonstrates their achievement of the course learning outcomes.

Please also note the following three important points:

  • Participants are required to use their name as registered with the Teaching Council.
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated.
  • Impersonation is a breach of the terms of service.


Feedback from previous participants

"The most positive thing about this course was definitely the information that was provided and all of the helpful websites and links but furthermore it was the way in which they were laid out. The course started with simple ICT mediums and then delved into the more intricate stuff..."

"Clear and concise with good ideas on how to actually implement what we have learned. Actually doing the activities e.g., creating a Scoilnet learning path and not just reading about it..."

"I really enjoyed doing the course as I felt I had great support from the e-tutor. He constantly engaged with out work and if there was any issue quickly assisted in getting that sorted."