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Dear Teachers,
 
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.




Midday Moment
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’. 


Success Stories  
We acknowledge the great efforts teachers are making to provide home learning for their students and in researching and embracing ways of promoting distance learning.  We would love to hear your success stories of what has been working well for you during this time.  If you are happy to share your successes, please let us know by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can promote the great work of teachers around the county at this time. 



Personal and Professional Development Needs 
If there are areas in which we can provide personal or professional development for you, please email your suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
 
Infant Support Group
Useful Resources for Infant Class Teachers
The Clare Education Centre Infant Teacher Support Group met via Zoom on the 1st of April 2020, they came up with a list of very useful resources for Infant Class Teachers .  View these resources HERE.  Some other fun ideas for Infant Classes available HERE.  
 
 
 
Art
Clare Kids Art Competition
An art competition for primary school age children living in County Clare.  View all information HERE and flyer HERE.  Entries can now be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Closing date to enter: Friday 24th April.  
 
 

eTwin

eTwinning Support for Irish teachers (one primary, one post-primary) called 'In This Together'. 
The projects have been populated with some eTwinning information and some useful digital resources and discussion threads. They are designed in such a way that they can be used as a repository of information or as a collaborative space for teachers to network and share ideas. At a minimum, these projects would be a good way to get to know the eTwinning Twinspace. These Projects will be constantly updated according to the needs and requests of the project members. If you would like to join the project, please email Caoimhe on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and school level.
View Primary In This Together Project HERE
View Post Primary In This Together Project HERE
 
 
Autism
Middletown Centre Webinar Series March - April 2020
In order to provide support during the suspension of our face to face delivery Middletown is offering a series of twice weekly live webinars (with a week's break for Easter). These sessions will feature members of our own multi-disciplinary team and international speakers on a series of themes.  Please click on the link beside each name to read more about the session and register to attend a live session. Please note the live sessions will hold a maximum of 100 attendees but they will be posted on social media and on the Centre’s website so no-one will miss out on these valuable learning opportunities .
Getting Settled Jill McCanney - Introduction to Sensory Processing - Tuesday 31st March 2020 - 19:00
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 

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.

 

 

Class DoJo
ClassDojo is a school communication platform that teachers, students, and families use every day to build close-knit communities by sharing what’s being learned in the classroom home through photos, videos, and messages.  Visit www.classdojo.com.
 
 
Camera in Education 
Camara Ireland/ Google - Online Google for Education Support
Online Google for Education Support Camara have scheduled nine open sessions for teachers on for the coming week. REGISTER 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.

 

   
AR
Accelerated Reader
Schools may be closed, but reading doesn’t have to stop.  To help support teachers, students and parents Accelerated Reader are offering access to thousands of enhanced digital books through myON and articles from myON News.  Access books HERE
 

Feilte

Deadline extended for FÉILTE 2020 – opencall for applications!
The new closing date for applications is Thursday, 23 April 2020! Click here to apply!  Mary Robinson will deliver the opening keynote address at FÉILTE 2020 on Saturday, 3 October in the Helix, DCU in Dublin. She is currently Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin and Chair of The Elders. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama.   
Killaloe Diocese Primary Religious Education
Emmaus Productions have received several requests to extend access to our Emmaus Online Video Library and music resources to families in schools and parishes, as well as to various faith communities and ministry networks, by way of offering some spiritual support to them during the Covid19 Pandemic and to also help them celebrate Holy Week and Easter.  In response to this need Emmaus Productions have prepared a complimentary resource kit of online videos and music downloads for children and adults.  Follow this link for access to the kit - www.emmausproductions.com.
 
 
 
National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)
To provide support for the English teaching community, NATE have made available a range of NATE teaching resources and publications to support you (and your students) during this challenging time. They have also provided a comprehensive list of websites that provide free resources, essential reading and enrichment opportunities. Visit www.nate.org.uk .
 
National Council for Special Education (NCSE)
In addition to the normal supports, the NCSE are providing online resources for children with Special Educational Needs who are at home as a result of the schools’ closure. These can be accessed at www.ncse.ie.  
 
 
Mental Health supports and services during COVID-19​ - HSE Online Mental Health Resources
This link includes HSE approved and supported online mental health programmes, apps, groups, and articles specifically related to protecting your mental health during the Coronavirus - CLICK HERE.  




Spunout 
Spunout is a website which is part HSE supported – it has lots of articles on managing anxiety re COVID 19 etc. www.spunout.ie
 


Mindfulness Resources
These organisations are offering free Mindulness courses online:
www.oxfordmindfulness.org
www.mindfulness.ie
www.mtai.ie


National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)

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.

 

EPIC
EPIC for Kids
EPIC for Kids are are offering FREE worldwide Remote Student Access to Epic through the end of the school year (June 30th, 2020), by teacher invitation. Families only need an invitation from their teacher.  Find out more on their webiste - www.getepic.com.

 

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 Teach From Home Hub
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.  

 

iRevise
iRevise.com (formerly mocks.ie ) are giving premium memberships to all students for one month*, for free. Visit iRevise.com for more information.  
 



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.  
PDST will be providing updates on Twitter @PDST_TechinEd, or you can contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
 
 

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




STEAMING Project 
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 
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.  

Clare Library
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.  



DES Resources
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. 


Scoilnet
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. 


#edshareie 
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.



Write-a-Book
Don’t forget our Clare Education Centre Write-a-Book Project to encourage budding author and illustrator skills.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  
 


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.  
 


Microsoft Teams
Get started with Microsoft Teams for remote learning HERE.  This is a collection of articles and online courses in using Microsoft Class Teams.
 


Coding
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.
 


Scratch
There are over 200 Scratch projects for free HERE.


Code Club
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.  


Kind regards,
Clare Education Centre Staff


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