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ICT Courses

This course introduces teachers to the concepts of computational thinking and coding.  Participants will explore a combination of “offline” and “online” activities that will focus on the development of student’s problem solving abilities.  There is an array of tools including Lego and Bee-Bots which are colourful and easy-to-operate.  The bee-bots are a little robot which is a perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation, problem-solving and just having fun.  These 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.

Dates:  Monday 23rd October & Monday 20th November from 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm

Tutor:  Ciaran Costello

Venue:  Maynooth Boys National School


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Course date: 23-10-2017 4:00 pm
Course End Date: 20-11-2017 6:00 pm
Cut off date: 23-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 15
Registered: 8
Individual Price: Free
Location: Maynooth Boys National School

Training details

This training course will provide a hands-on introduction to Google’s CS First programme, including an overview of the materials available to facilitators as well as the workflow for setting up and running a club. The objective of the course is to provide educators with the skills necessary to set up a club in their school or education centre after this training day.

CS First details

CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. All clubs are run by teachers and/or community volunteers


Over 4,600 schools have used CS First clubs to introduce computer science to students. 700,000+ users and growing.  The CS First curriculum is free and easy to use — no computer science experience required!

Clubs are available in a variety of themes, such as music, art, and game design that are designed to capture a student's existing interests. Each theme contains up to 10 hours of content across 8 learning activities.


  • are completely free and available online
  • are targeted at students age 9 - 14
  • can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs
  • involve block-based coding using Scratch
  • are themed to attract students with varied interests e.g. sport, art, music, game design

Participants are required if possible to bring their own headphones for the duration of the course.

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Tutor:  Ciara Howard


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Course date: 25-10-2017 6:00 pm
Course End Date: 25-10-2017 8:30 pm
Cut off date: 25-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 18
Registered: 18
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Kildare Education Centre

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

Phone: 045-530200 Fax: 045-530237

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Up-coming Courses

17KE805 Computational Thinking
23-10-2017 4:00 pm
Category:  ICT Courses | Primary
NIPTWS04 Supporting Parents in Education (Primary) (P1)
23-10-2017 7:00 pm
Category:  NIPT

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