Kildare Education Centre - Ionad Oideachas Cill Dara

Summer Courses

Online Course for the Primary Teacher – Laois and Kildare Education Centres

The online course in Well-Being, Self-Care and Renewal for the Primary Teacher will run in two separate tranches:

3rd July - 21st July (cut-off point for course registration 17 July)

7th August - 25th August (cut-off point for course registration 21st August)

 

Please make note of both tranches and choose one for completion of your course.  You will be able to create your account to register before the course begins and access to actual course content will go live at 9am on 3rd July.  We have experienced tutors ready to support you throughout your online course this summer.

LOG-IN DETAILS WILL ISSUE TO REGISTRANTS PRIOR TO START DATE

 

Renew your ‘well’ of energy this summer!

The overall aim of this course is to create a comfortable, relaxing space for the teacher/school leader to reflect, relax, rejuvenate and renew their ‘well’ of energy after the school year has ended.  The following course aims detail what the course entails:

*      Firstly, to address the needs of the individual teacher in relation to stress and to explore these needs actively throughout the course through understanding the physiology of the stress response along with self-care and mindfulness practices.  This course will provide a relaxing space where the teacher can reflect upon current practices in the area of well-being and learn new practices too which can then be implemented into their daily life to change their responses to stress and improve his/her own well-being in simple, practical ways.  The course includes guided meditations that can be enjoyed from the comfort of their own home.  (The emphasis lies on the teacher experiencing self-care and mindfulness practices for his/herself and therefore progressing naturally into the second aim).

Secondly, to provide the teacher with practical strategies and lessons that can be confidently implemented directly into their classroom/school community under the SPHE curriculum, along with bringing simple, enjoyable well-being resources and ideas into their daily classroom practice, that won’t just benefit the well-being of the pupils and classroom culture but will also directly benefit teacher well-being too.

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mindfulnesscourse

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 25-08-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 21-08-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: Unlimited
Registered: 11
Individual Price: €75.00
Location: ON-LINE

Facilitator:  Nuala Madigan

Dates:  Mon 3rd July - Fri 7th July 2017 (9.30am-2pm) 

Based at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre this course will introduce to you some of Ireland’s habitats including woodlands, boglands, fens, grasslands, canals, playing fields and school gardens.  Each course day will include an introductory talk giving an outline of the particular habitat including examples of the habitats flora and fauna, a hands on practical classroom session and a visit to a local habitat. Examples of poetry, readings and numeracy activities that can be used alongside your chosen habitat study will be suggested that aim to help improve students’ literacy and numeracy skills. This course content will be suitable to use with students from 2nd-6th class and aims to introduce participants to a sample of the wild habitats of Ireland, to encourage and give classroom teachers the skills to undertake these studies with their students and to combine fun with active learning for students. On course completion all participants will receive a Habitats of Ireland Resource CD for use in their school. 

 

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 30-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 15
Individual Price: €50.00
Location: Bog of Allen Nature Reserve & various field trips

Facilitators:  Niamh Ui Chadhla & Sibéal Breathnach

Dates:  Mon 3rd July - Fri 7th July 2017 (9.30am-2pm)

 Looking for new ideas for teaching literacy and maths in a playful way? Or perhaps, thinking about introducing child-led play in your classroom? If so, then register for this action-packed Summer Course which has been designed by the Association of Teacher/Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI) in collaboration with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). 

The course links with the new Primary Language Curriculum for junior infants to second class, which emphasises the importance of playful learning experiences for all children.  It provides ideas for developing young children’s oral language, emergent writing and mathematical learning in a playful way.

This course draws on the key ideas in Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (2009) and provides lots of practical ideas for using these in your infant classroom. Take a look at other teachers’ resources for play and find out how they plan for, resource, support and assess learning through child-led play. You will also hear about a variety of resources available on the NCCA’s website.

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 30-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 19
Individual Price: €50.00
Location: Gaelscoil Chill Dara, An Bothar Glas, Newbridge

Facilitator:  Liam Murray

Dates:  Mon 3rd July - Fri 7th July 2017 (9.30am-2pm)

This course on teaching chess in primary schools is aimed at both teachers who know how to play chess and those who do not. Recent research in a number of countries has shown that regular chess practice results in increased scores in literacy and numeracy. The course will teach all participants how to:-

  • play chess and the best methods of teaching primary school children the rules using a fun, games-based approach
  • utilise chess as an additional resource in teaching both literacy and numeracy in the mainstream and special education classroom
  • organise a school chess club, school chess team and chess competitions     

Soft-copy resources will be provided to participants also which can be used by teachers to teach chess in the classroom or as part of a school chess club. 

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 30-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 24
Registered: 9
Individual Price: €50.00
Location: Áras Bhríde Parish Centre, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

Dates:  Mon 3rd July – Fri 7th July 

A unique summer course that offers teachers the opportunity to explore the nature and educational value of partnerships between teachers and artists in supporting arts education in schools

This Course potentially improves literacy, numeracy & well-being in all schools including DEIS. It will be offered across the Education Centre Network (21 centres) in 2017

If this idea excites you then this course is definitely for you.

 

Many schools across the country are engaged in projects with artists, ranging from one-off artist visits to longer term projects, and in a variety of art forms.  If you are currently engaged in such a project or are planning one for the coming year, then this course will be of interest to you. This course looks at the ways in which working with an artist in school can be enhanced in order to provide meaningful experiences for children and a lasting impact on school practice. Particular emphasis will be on the role of the teacher and artist, their unique contributions to projects and the significant benefits that can accrue from a dynamic teacher/artist relationship in the planning and implementation of projects. Placing the teacher/artist project within the overall Arts Curriculum in schools and exploration of practical issues will be central. The Course draws on research in the field and looks at practical teacher/artist projects and partnerships that have been undertaken in schools recently. Various art forms will be explored and participants will have opportunities to explore their own creativity throughout the week. Course tutors are teachers and artists who have been involved in such projects and participants on the course will include both teachers and local artists. If you are looking to improve your understanding of arts education, to improve Arts Curriculum integration in your classroom, to work with a Partner in the field of 'The Arts' , to engage with a professional artist as a way of improving your own arts teaching skills?   Would you welcome the input and insight of a practising artist while teaching the children in your care? 

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 30-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 12
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Town Educate Together NS, Melitta Road, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

Dates:  Mon 3rd July - Friday 7th July 2017 (9.30am-2pm)

Tánaiste is a free leadership summer course designed specifically for Deputy Principals and Acting Deputy Principals and provided by the PDST.  PDST School Leadership (Formerly LDS) have been delivering high quality CPD for school leaders since 2002.

 The course provides opportunities for deputy principals to explore their leadership role in order to lead high quality teaching and learning in their school. It provides an opportunity to learn from facilitators and colleagues in similar roles with all resources having been designed or nuanced to reflect the deputy principal role.

The course has an emphasis on effective communication and conflict management strategies, on the principal and deputy principal as a leadership team, distributed leadership as well leading change and positively impacting on the school’s learning culture.

 

We are no longer accepting bookings for this course

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 30-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 25
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Dates:  Mon 3rd July - Fri 7th July 20167(9.30am-2pm)

The Algebra Project is a mathematics curriculum that has its roots in the Civil Rights movement in the United States. The curriculum spans primary and post-primary mathematics. This course will focus on one aspect of this curriculum that is relevant to primary mathematics – “The Flagway Game”.

The Flagway Game was developed to help young people expand their understanding of natural numbers and develop flexibility in working with these numbers. In an experiential approach to learning, students use additive and multiplicative reasoning to recognise and explore patterns of the natural numbers. The FlagwayGame focuses on the manipulation of numbers in ways that go beyond simple recitations of multiplication tables. It engages students in searching for patterns among numbers, developing hypotheses about such patterns, and testing their ideas. It also involves the physical “playing” of the game in a gym or outdoors in a school yard or playing field.

This course aims:

·        to examine how The Flagway Game relates to the Mathematics Curriculum at primary level,

·        to explore how this activity can expand ideas of manipulating numbers, number pattern, mapping, navigating, hypothesis building, hypothesis testing and refining

·        to look at the cross curricular approaches that underpin the activity, particularly how it relates to physical education

·        to explore how this can be implemented in the primary school

·        to allow participants develop resources to implement the game

Participants will engage with the course through a hands-on approach to the Flagway Game. Participants will experience the Flagway Game in the same way in which their pupils will and they will have to develop hypothesis, test them and refine them in order to “discover” the principles underlying the game. In doing so they confront their basic understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts such as number, pattern, factors, mapping, permutations and combinations. This in turn will help them communicate a richer mathematics curriculum to their pupils and thus improve both teaching and learning.

Evidence suggests that improving numeracy, improving mathematical attainment, encouraging better thinking skills and greater physical activity are outcomes from engaging with the Algebra Project. Additional anecdotal evidence suggests that pupils, who do not always shine in the mathematics class, can perform at a high level when engaging with the Flagway Game. It is also suggested that students with learning difficulties (e.g. dyslexia) may find doing mathematics in this way is less challenging. 

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 30-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 9
Individual Price: €50.00
Location: Maynooth Educate Together NS

A Whole School Approach To Using ICT

Learning first, technology second: leading digital learning in your school

If you are asking yourself the following…...

What does technology enhanced learning look like?

How do I use technology effectively and appropriately in my teaching/school?

What might ongoing assessment using technology (including the use of ePortfolios) look like   How do I plan for technology enhanced learning?

…...then this is the Summer Course for you. This course is for both current and aspiring school leaders as well as teachers with an interest in leading digital learning in their school. The course explores the benefits and potential of technology to extend and enhance the learning experience of pupils in the 21st century. It explores our understanding of technology enhanced learning, proving insights into effective and appropriate practice. 

The course explores 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. It also explores pedagogical considerations and tools to enhance learning.

Through its leadership focus, participants will develop their own vision for learning, explore the change considerations for this vision to be realised and how to plan for this change. 

Tutor:  Stephen Donovan

  

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 30-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 19
Registered: 17
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

Creating and using digital resources to enhance literacy and numeracy

In this Summer course for 2017 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. 

 

Participants are required to bring their own laptop for the duration of the course.

 

Tutor:  Siobhan McAndrew

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 30-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 18
Registered: 13
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Scoil Bhride, Green Lane, Leixlip

Using ICT for Literacy and Numeracy in the Junior Classes 

This summer course for 2017 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. 

Tutor:  Denise McGrath 

 

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 30-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 18
Registered: 13
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Holy Child School, Ballycane, Naas

Embedding ICT in the Primary Classroom 

This Summer Course for 2017 from PDST TiE will introduce 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 teachers will be guided through the process of creating a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment based digital resources which they can use in their own classrooms.  

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. 

Tutor:  William O'Donoghue

 

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 30-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 18
Registered: 17
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Robertstown NS

Creating and using digital resources to enhance literacy and numeracy

The emphasis on this Summer ICT course 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. 

Participants are required to bring their own laptop for the duration of the course.

Tutor: Brian Sweeney

 

Course date: 21-08-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 25-08-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 05-07-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 18
Registered: 2
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Tiermohan NS, Donadea, Naas, Co. Kildare

Embedding ICT in the Primary Classroom:

This Summer Course for 2017 from PDST TiE will introduce 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 teachers will be guided through the process of creating a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment based digital resources which they can use in their own classrooms.  

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. 

Tutor:  Niamh Morrin

 

Course date: 21-08-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 25-08-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 11-07-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 16
Registered: 8
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

Computational Thinking:

This course introduces teachers to the concepts of computational thinking and coding to develop student’s problem solving skills. Participants will explore a combination of “offline” and “online” activities that will focus on the development of student’s problem solving abilities. Teachers will learn how the methodologies of computational thinking are fundamental to developing the problem-solving skills of reasoning, integrating and connecting and communicating and expressing.

Teachers will use and develop a variety of offline lessons that can be used without any need for computers. The course will also use STEM-focused manipulatives such as Lego and Bee-Bots that can be incorporated into teaching and learning from the infant classroom up to sixth class. While primarily focusing on problem solving skills for Mathematics the course will look at ways that computational thinking methodologies can be used across curricular areas.

Tutor:  Ciaran Costello

 

Course date: 21-08-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 25-08-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 11-07-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 19
Registered: 4
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Kildare Education Centre

 Fís - film making to develop literacy in the classroom 

This summer course for 2017 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 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.  

 

Tutor:  Bryan Lynch 

Course date: 21-08-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 25-08-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 11-07-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 20
Registered: 6
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Scoil Diarmada, Castledermot, Co. Kildare

ICT for Literacy (formally the Reading and Writing Process using ICT) 

This Summer course for 2017 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. 

Participants are required to bring their own laptop for the duration of the course.

Tutor:  Maria Bergin

 

Course date: 21-08-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 25-08-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 11-07-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 18
Registered: 12
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Maynooth Boys National School

A Whole School Approach To Using ICT

Learning first, technology second: leading digital learning in your school

If you are asking yourself the following…...

What does technology enhanced learning look like?

How do I use technology effectively and appropriately in my teaching/school?

What might ongoing assessment using technology (including the use of ePortfolios) look like   How do I plan for technology enhanced learning?

…...then this is the Summer Course for you. This course is for both current and aspiring school leaders as well as teachers with an interest in leading digital learning in their school. The course explores the benefits and potential of technology to extend and enhance the learning experience of pupils in the 21st century. It explores our understanding of technology enhanced learning, proving insights into effective and appropriate practice. 

The course explores 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. It also explores pedagogical considerations and tools to enhance learning.

Through its leadership focus, participants will develop their own vision for learning, explore the change considerations for this vision to be realised and how to plan for this change. 

Tutor:  Eoin Stakelum

 

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 30-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 18
Registered: 12
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Maynooth Boys National School

Kildare Education Centre

Address: Friary Road, Kildare Town, Co Kildare,
                R51 KN66.

Phone: 045-530200 Fax: 045-530237

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