Useful Resources during school closures
Please see updated information below which may be useful.
Clare Education Centre postponements
All CPD events scheduled by Clare Education Centre are now postponed. Clare Education Centre will aim to reschedule these events after the Easter break, depending on national guidelines at that time.
The Education Centre Network ESCI (@ESCItweets) with Breathing Space Ireland (@BSpaceIreland) would like to continue to support teachers during this difficult time. Follow our social media to join us each weekday for our ‘Midday Moment’.
Personal and Professional Development Needs
Middletown Centre Webinar Series March - April 2020
Jed Baker - Handling the New Normal! - Thursday 2nd April 2020 - 19:00
Life Skills and Personal Care - Brenda Myles - Wellbeing and Being Well - Tuesday 7th April 2020 - 19:00
Jill McCanney - Personal Care - Thursday 9th April 2020 - 19:00
Play and Leisure Skills - Lorraine Scott - Play and Leisure Skills - Tuesday 21st April 2020 - 19:00
Peter Vermeulen - Promoting Leisure, Fun and Happiness - Thursday 23rd April 2020 - 19:00
Seesaw is a digital portfolio tool which allows pupils to store their work in an online space and gain feedback from their teacher. It can be used on a computer (PC) or tablet. It effectively enables teachers to set tasks or assignments and include instructions or templates for students to use at home. There is also an extensive bank of ready made activities in Seesaw which teachers can use as they are or they can be edited. Seesaw are holding daily webinars for schools to help them establish Seesaw for Home Learning during Covid19. For more information on these webinars CLICK HERE.
Camara Education Ireland will be hosting a weekly challenge for the next couple of weeks for students in both primary or secondary school. This week it's based on Computer Science, specifically Coding, and you can find out all the information by clicking HERE.
Spunout is a website which is part HSE supported – it has lots of articles on managing anxiety re COVID 19 etc. www.spunout.ie
These organisations are offering free Mindulness courses online:
The Department of Education and Skills’ NEPS psychologists have developed advice and some resources for young people to manage and stay well when schools are closed.
NEPS psychologists have developed guidance for parents supporting children to create new routines at home. Having a Plan for the Day is key for children/young people to manage and stay well at this time.
NEPS psychologists have developed advice for parents and schools on talking to children and young people about Covid-19 here.
Online Creative Writing Pack for Primary Schools
Deirbhile Graham, TAP artist (www.writewordseditorial.ie) has put together the attached creative writing pack for parents and teachers of primary school children. They are provided in Word and PDF formats attached.
Google have created a temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus crisis. Visit g.co/teachfromhome for the most up to date information. Join the #teachfromhome discussion on Twitter.
Technology in Education Newsletter - March 2020 Special/Nuachtlitir maidir le Teicneolaíocht san Oideachas - Márta 2020 Clár Spesielta
The PDST Technology in Education Newsletter aims to provide ICT news and information to Principals, ICT coordinating teachers, teachers and all those involved in education. CLICK HERE to view this Newsletter.
The PDST Technology in Education Team have collated a PDST Distance Learning Page at https://www.pdst.ie/DistanceLearning.
Creative Clusters Applications Update
Owing to the current Covid-19 crisis, the deadline for Creative Clusters applications has now been extended to the 15th May 2020. Please find all information HERE.
See Report attached from Mary Immaculate College on STEM Policy and Implementation in Ireland which has been collated as part of the STEAMING Erasmus+ Project. The STEAMING Erasmus+ Project is a three year project about engaging students in the creation of their own STEAM learning. The project is a Research and Development programme in STEAM education and training. STEAM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
Parteen NS have shared a fabulous Padlet with over 400 educational websites and activities organised from Juniors Infants to 6th Class. View this Padlet HERE.
The Clare Library service is helping people to join their service online, even though libraries are closed due to the Coronavirus. Libraries throughout Ireland have relaxed the joining process, meaning people can join the library on www.clarelibrary.ie and then not have to finalise their applications in person as is usually the case. Once a person signs up, they will be able to borrow free eBooks and eAudiobooks straight away.
The Department of Education and Skills has a dedicated website page in place providing the most up to date and relevant information for educational settings. Amongst other resources, there you can find guidance on 'talking to children and young people about Covid-19', 'supports to schools and teachers engaged in distance learning' and a lot more... DES Covid-19 supports found HERE.
Clare Education Centre Twitter
Follow us on Twitter @ClareEdCentre where we will be sharing all useful resources, links, information etc. regularly.
Chess for school children - Moves for Life
Moves for Life have made some chess projects for school kids. Includes an off-line craft project, where to go to play against other kids and a puzzle competition. Check out their website (www.movesforlife.ie) and document attached.
Now might be the time to have a look at the collection of resources, ideas and suggestions on Scoilnet - www.scoilnet.ie.
Scoilnet Post Primary Twitter Feed - @ScoilnetPPrim
Scoilnet Primary Twitter Feed - @ScoilnetPrimary
New to online learning?
If you are new to online learning, here is practical advice for engaging students in online learning in addition to tools to help you teach in and out of the classroom: CLICK HERE to see Danny's E-Learning Survival Guide.
If you are on Twitter follow #edshareie for great advice, suggestions and support for all school sectors.
COVID-19 Distance Teaching Pack
Simon Lewis has created a collaborative Google Doc to collate various resources being offered by teachers, various agencies and companies: CLICK HERE.
Simon has also shared a Home Learning document of 20 things that can be done at home for learning. You can access it HERE.
FREE Amazing Educational Resources
A list of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to school closures can be found HERE.
Join the "Amazing Educational Resources" Facebook group for more Resources HERE.
Google Distance Learning
With school closures, teachers can keep their lessons going remotely and keep students engaged while they’re at home. CLICK HERE to view this blog on Google for Education. This article discusses the use of Google Hangouts, where an entire class can join a lesson simultaneously, having discussions in Google Classroom, using comments in Google Docs, posting quizzes in Google Forms and assign project based learning in Google Slide or Sites.
Get started with Microsoft Teams for remote learning HERE. This is a collection of articles and online courses in using Microsoft Class Teams.
Coding Ireland have made all of their coding projects free to use. They have lessons and projects from 1st to 6th classes with step-by-step instructions. Check the website www.codingireland.ie.
There are over 200 Scratch projects for free HERE.
Code Club is a global network of free coding clubs
for 9- to 13-year-olds. Visit website HERE.
Science and Technology
'Science Journal' by Google is pretty good fun too for science based experiments. It uses the sensors in your phone (accelerometer, direction movement, barometer, measuring light, etc ) and the data can be exported to Excel. Just look for 'science journal app experiments' on YouTube. Sensors can be linked to a sound so that you can use it as an instrument.... Link to 'OK Go Sandbox - Sensor Sounds Pt. 1 - Introduction' HERE.
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