Primary Online Courses
Are you, or do you know, a primary teacher who has never engaged in one of our term-time online courses? All teachers are encouraged to try one, free of charge. The study time commitment is quite short–from one hour upwards–and courses are available 24/7 for engagement at the time that suits you best.
Focusing on practical classroom application, courses cover various uses of digital technologies in teaching and learning, including podcasting, assessment feedback, coding/computation thinking and more.
Post Primary Online Courses
The spring online course schedule again includes the new course on Digital Citizenship Education, which was introduced last autumn to great acclaim. Covering privacy, online wellbeing, ethics and more in a cross-curricular fashion, this course is just one of a range of short courses available 24/7 for study in your own time, enabling you to upskill, get ideas on practical application in your classes and achieve a certificate at the end.
Another new course on Digital Storytelling is coming soon too! Courses may be suitable for 'Croke Park hours', subject to school management approval.
New to Scoilnet?
Whether you are newly qualified, or doing substitute teaching for the first time, you can find a wealth of resources available on Scoilnet for every subject and age level.
Use our handy guide/FAQs to help you navigate the website.
St. Brigid Themepage
Saint Brigid is one of Ireland's Patron Saints. Saint Brigid's Day falls on the 1st of February, which is during Catholic Schools Week.
Find out all about St. Brigid on our Themepage and learn the stories, songs and activities associated with her.
Chinese New Year Themepage
Chinese New Year begins on the 1st of February. The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with the Chinese zodiac, which has 12 animal signs. Each animal represents a year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year's Day. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger.
You can teach your students all about the Chinese New year using our Themepage.
Decade of Centenaries Themepage
Machnamh 100 is an initiative of President Higgins that builds on his extensive work to date during Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries.
Find this and other resources on our Decade of Centenaries themepage.
Share your plans for #SID2022
Planning to do something to celebrate Safer Internet Day? Thousands of people in Ireland are joining in the celebrations on Tuesday, February 8th.
Register your event and be included on the interactive Safer Internet Day map, which highlights all the great projects taking place across the country.
Webwise will also send out free wristbands for everyone taking part.
#TalkListenLearn Parents Campaign
Parents play a vital role in helping to ensure that their child has a safe and positive experience online. This year for Safer Internet Day, Webwise is supporting parents with the #TalkListenLearn campaign.
Research shows that children don't tell if something bothers them online, and the #TalkListenLearn campaign addresses this by encouraging parents to have regular and open conversations with their child to learn about their life online and to help them navigate the challenges and make the most of the opportunities of the digital environment.
The campaign also includes a free Parent Toolkit with advice and resources for parents which we are encouraging everyone to support and share for Safer Internet Day 2022.
Safer Internet Day Resources
Visit the Safer Internet Day Hub for ideas and activities that you can use to join in the celebrations.
You can also order hard copies of the Webwise education resources for Primary and Post-Primary which address a range of key online safety topics including cyberbullying, digital footprint, image sharing, rights online, and privacy.
Good Practice Videos
In our short video clips you will see a range of technologies, methodologies and approaches by teachers at all levels from junior primary to senior post primary classes. This month we are highlighting the following:
In this video, Trystan Russell, St. Stephen's De La Salle, describes how he uses HTML Heroes content and film editing projects with green screen footage to promote class discussions and understanding of different areas of digital citizenship such as copyright licenses, fake news and fake or modified content.
In this video from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Principal, Kevin Ó Raghallaigh, describes the role of technology in supporting teaching and learning during Covid-19. Select CC and English or Irish for subtitles.
Visit the link below for more videos.
Following on from the recent grant announcement, these Frameworks should assist schools in acquiring quality products and services, including internet security, as well as ensuring good value for money.
The Procurement Framework process greatly simplifies purchasing suitable technologies for schools.
CESI Conference 2022 - Reminder!
The annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland, CESICON 2022, will take place online on Saturday 5th March 2022.
The Conference title is ‘Reimagining - Learning After the Pandemic Experience‘. Registration opens soon.
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