Kildare Education Centre - Ionad Oideachas Cill Dara

Summer Courses

ICT to support literacy (formally The Reading & Writing Process using ICT)

This Summer course for 2017 from PDST TiE 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. 

Tutor:  Shane O'Looney

 

We are no longer accepting bookings for this course

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:00 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 20-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 9
Registered: 9
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Edenderry BNS, Edenderry, Co. Offaly

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.

 

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 16-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 14
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Facilitator:  Maura O'Dwyer

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

Interested in starting a school garden or improving your knowledge of gardening?

This course offers beginners and more advanced participants an opportunity to develop an understanding of the wealth of learning opportunities in terms of its purpose and the beauty it provides.

It will cover a diverse range of topics from Tree identification, native hedgerows, choice of plants for school gardens, development of SESE trails, Rocks and soil, fauna and Flora of land and sea, Biodiversity, pond dipping, development of organic techniques and assessment tools. The course will consist of both workshops and practical activities.

 

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: 16-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 20
Registered: 20
Individual Price: €50.00
Location: St. Laurence's National School

Using Tablet Devices for Literacy and Numeracy 

 

A revamped and revised summer course for 2017 from PDST TiE centered on the purposeful use of tablet technologies, namely the iPad, 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.  

Participants are required to bring their own/school activated tablet (iPad) for the duration of the course.

Tutor:  William Carroll

Course date: 03-07-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 07-07-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 20-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 20
Registered: 12
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Facilitator:  Michael O'Reilly

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

This course will examine how various genres of Children's literature can be used as a stimulus for visual arts activities in the classroom.  You will actively explore all strands and strand units of the visual arts curriculum in a process oriented manner and work with a wide range of visual arts tools and techniques. Techniques and topics to be explored will include drawing as a learning tool, experimenting with colour, impressed print making, exploring form with clay, 2D and 3D construction techniques, fabric applique and how to look at and respond to art with children. The course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills that will enable you to plan an exciting and interesting visual arts programme for any class level.

 

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: 16-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 25
Individual Price: €50.00
Location: Kildare Education Centre

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: 16-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 13
Individual Price: €50.00
Location: Gaelscoil Chill Dara, An Bothar Glas, Newbridge

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: 20-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 18
Registered: 15
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Robertstown NS

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: 20-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 18
Registered: 7
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Holy Child School, Ballycane, Naas

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: 16-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 6
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

  

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: 20-06-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 12
Registered: 12
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

Kildare Education Centre

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

Phone: 045-530200 Fax: 045-530237

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