This unique programme allows educators to engage with material that will provide them with confidence and technical skills to deliver ICT in schools for the 21st Century. The certificates have been carefully crafted to ensure that educators will be given opportunity to gain proficiency and to derive tangible elements for their own classrooms.
Each certificate is worth 10 ECT credits and is at level 8 at a costs of only €200 per module/certificate. Educators can take as many or as few of the certificates as they wish but completing 6 certificates will enable the participant to convert their 60 credits into a Higher Diploma in Computing for Educators.
Teachers who have completed this programme have gone on to become accredited to teach Leaving Certificate Computer Science by the Teaching Council of Ireland.
Dear Leaving Certs and their Parents,
Here are some final thoughts on how students can prepare best over the upcoming days, as well as 20 tips on how Parents can support these efforts. Link below...
Registration for Joe’s 5th and 6th Year Higher Maths Tuition Classes (Sept 2023) will open soon (Online and in Ratoath). Click here to get full details and indicate your Initial Interest...
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You might be interested in the following articles on work that Joyce Mahon (UCD ML-Labs PhD student supervised by myself and Brian Mac Namee) did examining how ChatGPT does on the Leaving Certificate Computer Science. Brett Becker - UCD
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Irish Independent: Click here ...
Business Post (paywall, unfortunately): Click here ...
Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) were delighted to recently welcome 40 Transition Year (TY) students from various local secondary schools on to campus to participate in a week of computing and creative workshops.
It was a free event and was facilitated by volunteer DkIT staff across all 3 departments in the School of Informatics and Creative Arts. Students took part in workshops on topics such as: Programming, Web Development, Animation, Film, Games Development and Networking. At the event students also got an introduction to data science, which is a huge part of one of the Institute’s popular new courses: Mathematics & Data science. This course and the Computing Systems & Operations course were introduced to great success this year, and both were developed in consultation with industry to ensure DkIT are teaching the skills most required for business.
The Computing Industry is one of the biggest sectors of the economy and qualified graduates are constantly in demand both nationally and internationally with many DkIT students receiving job offers before graduating. DkIT are delighted to report that 75% of graduates from the BSc in Computing were in employment within 6 months of graduating and over 60% of them earning €30-€50k. From the BSc (Hons) in Computing in Games Development 83% were in employment within 6 months of graduating with all working in Ireland, and from the BSc (Hons) in Computing in Software Development 91% were in employment with 73% earning €30-€50k within 6 months of graduating.
This recent event allowed TY students to get a taste of a wide variety of computing and creative subjects to help inform their decisions as they move closer to leaving school in the next few years. Along with in depth overviews of computing related topics, students were also given a tour of the Carroll's building, which houses the Institute’s state-of-the-art facilities in TV/Film, Audio/Video Production and Computing.
For more information on the diverse range of computing courses offered by DkIT visit www.dkit.ie
Events & Updates
I would like to draw your attention to a graduate programme that the School of Medicine in UCD is providing that is suited to Guidance Counsellors who would like to focus on psychotherapy. An outline is below and a link to further information.
UCD MSc Systemic Psychotherapy
This course will appeal to those people who are interested in training as a Psychotherapist to a high level of knowledge and skill. Systemic Psychotherapists work with relationships in the context of families, couples and other groups. It is a creative, innovative and thought-provoking model of Psychotherapy which places ethics at the heart of the work.
This Programme is for graduates of the human sciences or suitable candidates applying under the APL (Approved Prior Learning) System who have relevant experience of working with people in a responsible caring role and who wish to develop their theoretical and clinical skills and qualify as Systemic Psychotherapists.
The Programme will appeal to:
Schools Liaison Officer
Email: [email protected]
This year we have a varied selection of summer courses with partners including ESERO Ireland, MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory and The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). We have four online asynchronous courses which are available from 3 July to 18 August 2023 and in partnership with the SEAI we have a face to face course from 3-9 July in Airfield Estate, Dundrum, Dublin 14.
All of our summer courses have been approved by the Department of Education and applicants who complete the course will be eligible for EPV days.
Curious Minds EDI Feedback Survey
As part of our commitment to improve equality, diversity and inclusion within the SFI Curious Minds programme, we invite teachers who have previously engaged with the programme to complete the user feedback survey:
Curious Minds EDI Focus Group
If you would like to get involved further and take part in focus groups sessions, please contact [email protected] Please note that both the surveys and focus groups are being led by a third party group, and all responses will be anonymous to SFI.
Register for Whole-School CPD 2023/2024
Sign up for our free whole-school CPD course to help your school bring STEM to life using hands-on, inquiry-based learning approaches. Read more
SFI Curious Minds Awards 2023
We are delighted to announce that 422 schools will receive an SFI Curious Minds Award this year! If you want your class and/or their STEM work featured in the online awards ceremony, send images or videos to us at [email protected].
Dates to Remember
SFI Curious Minds Awards Ceremony
16 June 2023
Mary-Claire (MC) and Phil Smyth host a celebration of all your STEM work over the school year!
19-28 May 2023
Explore the rich variety of life in Ireland with host of wonderful events and activities.
Curious Minds Summer Courses
3 July-18 August 2023
Sign up for our EPV day approved summer courses today!
Preparatory Course for Electronic Engineering Maths Entry Exam 2023
BioScience and Engineering Maynooth University Campus
Preparatory Course for Engineering Maths Exam for entrants without the Leaving Certificate H4 which is required as part of matriculation for the MH304 BE Bachelor of Electronic Engineering degree. The Department of Electronic Engineering at Maynooth University hold an Engineering Maths Exam annually for CAO applicants interested in MH304 and who do not meet the H4 Maths requirement.
MU Department of Electronic Engineering
Electronic Engineering Maths Entry Exam 2023
BioScience and Engineering Maynooth University Campus
Engineering Maths Exam for entrants without the Leaving Certificate H4 which is required as part of matriculation for the MH304 BE Bachelor of Electronic Engineering degree. The Department of Electronic Engineering at Maynooth University hold an Engineering Maths Exam annually for CAO applicants interested in MH304 and who do not meet the H4 Maths requirement. The exam is based on the content covered by Paper One of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Mathematics syllabus and consists of a two-hour examination. It provides prospective Engineering students with a second chance to secure the required H4 in Leaving Certificate Maths to meet the basic entry requirement for qualification to our Engineering degree. Please note that the required pass grade in the Engineering Maths Exam is 60% and where there are more eligible applicants, following the maths exam, than places available, CAO points will be taken into consideration. Engineering students, the requirements, in addition to passing the Engineering Mathematics exam are: Minimum entry CAO points 350 Two grade H5 or better, Four grade O6/H7, including a pass in Irish, English and a science subject Note that a foreign language is not required
MU Department of Electronic Engineering
ATU School of Design and Creative Arts hosts Graduate Exhibition from 2 June 2023
72 students will showcase their work in a variety of media
Atlantic Technological University (ATU)’s Department of Creative Arts and Media is delighted to announce the annual exhibition of students’ work from of the art, design, film, and documentary undergraduate programmes which will be formally opened on Friday, 2 June, at 2 pm in the Wellpark Road, Galway city campus, by Lelia Doolan. The exhibition will run until Friday 11 June, with opening times daily from 10am to 5pm. This vibrant and dynamic event serves as a platform for the students to exhibit their creativity and innovation to the public.
Several hundred guests are expected to attend the exhibition, a hallmark event on the cultural calendar of Galway. As the academic year ends, the exhibition celebrates the culmination of countless hours of hard work, exploration, and creative endeavour by the students.
The exhibition will showcase and include the captivating work of 72 students through paintings, sculptures, installations, graphic design and illustration, digital art, film & documentary screenings, animations, video game designs, product designs, textiles and fashion designs.
Celine Curtin, Head of the ATU Dept of Creative Arts & Media, says: “We are immensely proud of the hard work and dedication demonstrated by our students throughout the year. The exhibition is a celebration of their achievements and their remarkable talent.”
The exhibition is testament to the commitment of the School of Design and Creative Arts in fostering an environment that nurtures artistic expression, critical thinking, and innovation as it showcases the exceptional talent and dedication of its students. With students acting as invigilators throughout the week visitors will have the opportunity to chat with the students”.
For further information on all programmes see: Click here ...
Captions of photos showing the students’ work: [Photographs: ATU students and staff]
‘Withering Wonders’ by Caoimhe McHale, final year student on the ATU BA in Design
‘Gemini’ by Magdalena Sikora, final year student on the BA in Design
‘I Put a Spell on You’ by Jed Gjerek, final year student on the BA in Contemporary Art
‘no title’ by Shannon Kleinschmidt, final year student on the BA in in Contemporary Art
Studyclix daily expert teacher opinions on the 2023 Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle exam papers
State Exams: Leaving Cert and Junior Cycle
Wednesday June 7th, 2023
The State Exams are almost here with English papers kicking off proceedings on Wednesday June 7th for Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle students. As usual, Ireland’s top exam experts Studyclix.ie and its team of Expert Teachers led by Luke Saunders, teacher and founder of Studyclix.ie, will be issuing a daily media bulletin of post-exam commentary as early as possible in the afternoon on the exam papers.
Luke and his Studyclix.ie team of Expert Teachers for different subjects will provide the following during exams:
Luke is also available in the week leading up to the exams to chat about:
Luke, a secondary school teacher, set up Studyclix as a way to help students across Ireland to access cheaper tools to help prepare for the State exams. Over 200,000 students and 29,000 teachers use Studyclix. If you would like to know more about the experts, we have worked with click here.
The analysis will be running primarily from the 7th - 14th of June but analysis can be provided for specific subjects if requested.
Print/Online: Studyclix has lots of suggestions and tips to manage exam wellness, stress and last-minute preparation - for both students and parents or guardians
Broadcast: Luke is an engaging speaker and is available to take part in any pre-exam or post-exam items or discussions that you may be planning.
Contact: StoryLab: 01 685 3029 or email [email protected] for more information
NOTES: *Studyclix.ie is a website that aims to simplify the learning process for students by breaking each subject into topics, allowing learners to test themselves on that specific topic. Studyclix sorts all the past junior and leaving certificate exams into topics and, for each question, gives students access to the marking schemes and sample answers to improve their answering technique. Studyclix publishes the annual Student Attitudes Survey, monitoring trends among secondary school students.
Courses with Parent Friendly Hours on Offer in Cork College of FET-Douglas Street Campus
We are presently recruiting students for two courses that start in September, that is the Applied Computer Training Course-QQI Level 5 and the New Directions–IT Skills Development Course-QQI Level 4. Both courses run mornings only and both courses are just one academic year in duration from September 2023 to May 2024. In addition, those participating on the courses may retain their social welfare payments.
If you are aware of anyone who you feel would be interested and benefit from any of these courses, I would be most grateful if you would please contact them and make them aware of these opportunities. Anyone interested can apply on the Cork College of FET-Douglas Street Campus (web site links below).
Applied Computer Training Course-Level 5 is as follows and contains the Apply Online - Click here ...
New Directions-IT Skills Development Course-Level 4 is as follows and contains the Apply Online - Click here ...
If you require more information – please contact the college office at (021) 425 5500 or e-mail [email protected].
The Central Applications Office (CAO) has today announced the date for Round One offers.
Round One offers for school leaving applicants will issue on Wednesday, 30 August at 2pm. Round Two offers will follow on Monday, 11 September at 2pm.
The updated schedule, including Round A and Round 0 offers for other categories of applicants, is published on the CAO website in the Important Dates section.
Speaking about the offers schedule, Head of Communications for CAO, Eileen Keleghan, commented:
“Since the announcement yesterday of the Leaving Certificate results date we have been working with our colleagues in the Higher Education Institutions and the State Examinations Commission to finalise the 2023 offers schedule.
“The processing schedule for Round One offers cannot commence until CAO receives the Leaving Certificate examination results data from the State Examinations Commission.
“CAO and HEIs will endeavour to complete the offer allocation process and issue offers in a similar timeframe to previous years, as soon as this data becomes available. The State Examinations Commission has indicated a date when the results data will be released to CAO, and CAO and HEIs have built the schedule accordingly.
CAO also uses this opportunity to remind applicants that the Change of Mind facility to add and change course choices closes on 1 July at 5pm.
“Applicants who have yet to add any courses, or those wish to make changes, should take note of this deadline and ensure to make any changes in a timely manner”.
This month, CAO has begun emailing all applicants asking them to check and confirm their account information. This email is called the Statement of Application email, and it contains important instructions for applicants to check their account information and modify any missing or incorrect information, for example, a missing or incorrect examination number, before it’s too late.
The 2023 offers season will commence on Thursday, 6 July at 10am with the issue of Round A offers for mature applicants, mature nursing/midwifery applicants, and deferred applicants. Offers are also issued to some applicants who have completed an access course, or those who may be required to make visa arrangements.
Round 0 offers will issue on Thursday, 3 August to graduate entry medicine applicants, additional mature applicants, deferred and Access applicants, and applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications for consideration for entry to courses with a quota for QQI FET applicants.
For more information go to www.cao.ie
2023 Offers and Acceptances Schedule
6 July at 10am
12 July at 3pm
3 August at 10am
9 August at 3pm
30 August at 2pm
5 September at 3pm
11 September at 2pm
13 September at 3pm
19 September at 10am
21 September at 3pm
26 September at 10am
28 September at 3pm
3 October at 10am
5 October at 3pm