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Our newsletter aims to provide ICT news and information to Principals, ICT coordinating teachers, teachers and all those involved in education.
NCTE: Beannachtaí na Nollag
The staff of the NCTE wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
NCTE: Continuing Professional Development
Free NCTE Online Courses for Spring
The NCTE is offering its highly interactive and free online courses this spring to primary and post primary teachers. Both courses contain videos, practical examples, templates and resources to assist in the development of a school's e-Learning Plan.
Developing e-Learning in your School (Post Primary)
Course dates: Feb 6 – Mar 9, 2012.
Open for enrolment from Monday 19th December.
Developing e-Learning in your School (Primary)
Course dates: Feb 20 – Mar 23, 2012.
Open for enrolment from Monday 19th December.
The courses run for five weeks and are suitable for teachers with intermediate level ICT skills. You will need a Teaching Council Registration Number and a Scoilnet Account to enrol.
Free NCTE face to face courses
A reminder that the NCTE also develops and facilitates access to free face to face courses for teachers, in cooperation with partners. Available throughout the network of education centres, these include:
NCTE: Web 2.0 for Learning (Blogs, Podcasts and Wikis) – for primary and post primary teachers
ICT and Language in the Primary Classroom (NCTE/MLPSI)
TFC agus an Ghaeilge (NCTE/Gaeilge) – for post primary teachers
NCTE: Creating ICT Resources (NCTE) – for primary and post primary teachers.
All courses are fully funded by NCTE. Watch out for notice of the new spring schedule in the next NCTE newsletter.
12 Days of Christmas Event
In the spirit of all things Christmas, we will be adding one new ICT resource/tool into e-Links every day from the 12 - 23 December, much like an ICT-Advent Calendar. There will be a brief description of each resource/tool and a direct link to it. Some suggestions on how each can be used in class/school will also be included. We would like to wish all post primary ICT coordinating teachers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Teachers Competition
A lesson comparing Ancient Egypt with Ancient Mayo and a class which encourages students to become “literary detectives” have been recognised as two of the most creative school lessons in the country.
New Gaeilge Resources: Scrúdú Béil Ardteist 2012
Scoilnet has put together a series of 20 articles targeting the topics for the 2012 Gaeilge Orals. The articles contain sample text built around the prescribed pictures that will be used as stimulus for conversation during the exam.
Dates & Festivals in December
These links are aimed at both primary and post-primary students. They may be of particular interest to the subjects of CSPE, Religion, History or Geography.
Also remember to follow Scoilnet on Twitter!
NCTE: Internet Safety
New computers, laptops, iPads, tablet PCs or smartphones are often popular gifts at this time of year. It is therefore vital to highlight the importance of Internet Safety to both parents and young people. Webwise is a great place to start.
NCTE: FÍS Film Festival
The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, presented the Aileen MacKeogh Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film Making to Ballyadams NS Kildare, for their film "Nightmare in Toytown" at the recent FÍS Film Festival 2011.
The Schools Broadband Programme provides an integrated set of services to schools which includes broadband connectivity, and hosted services including content filtering, webhosting, and security services including anti-virus control and firewall.
e-Learning Case Studies
These case studies provide some scenarios on how different types of schools set about preparing their e-Learning Plans. They provide practical ideas and information about how other schools have approached the development of e-Learning.
More from NCTE
Junior Spider Awards
The 2011 eircom Junior Spider Awards Shortlist is now available. The awards, which were established in 2009, recognise and reward students for the successful and innovative ways in which they use the Internet in their daily lives. Winners were announced at the Awards event in the Helix, DCU, Dublin, on December 13th. NCTE is a partner of the Awards.
CESI Conference 2012
The annual conference of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland will take place in Portlaoise on February 24th and 25th, 2012. The theme for this year's conference is TEACHnology: merging teaching and technology in schools. Supported by NCTE.
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