Integrating technology has long been a policy aim in Ireland; however, the results have been patchy. In this course, we try to take a fresh look at getting the best out of ICT, for our students and for ourselves as teacher. This core aim of this course is to introduce some simple technologies that will challenge and extend our pupils’ understanding and creativity. In addition, the course introduces free tools to support teachers and simplify our classroom workflow. The role which technology can play in removing barriers to learning for our pupils with special needs is the focus of a separate module.
About The Course
Recent developments in technology and the Internet have turned the focus from passively viewing other people’s work to actively creating our own content. Imagine your class demonstrating their knowledge of a subject by posting to the class blog, by updating the class wiki or by tweeting about their match. The great thing about these developments is that most of the tools are free and very easy to use. The focus of this course is to introduce these technologies and offer simple ways to integrate them into your teaching. In addition, we will discuss how technology can support all our pupils and reduce barriers to learning.
Who is this course aimed at?
This course is designed for primary and secondary teachers, SNAs, youth workers and those working with learners in many different contexts
Approved by the Department of Education and Skills
This course is approved by the Department of Education and Skills. Three EPV days will be allowed for primary school teachers who take the course during the summer term. Please note this provision applies only to the summer term as per Department guidelines.
The course introduces simple technologies to challenge and extend our pupils’ understanding and places them in the context of technology integration in Ireland. Detailed tutorials on setting up your first blog and wiki will be offered and best practice exemplars will be showcased.
Next we will discuss the role of technology in simplifying our record-keeping and collaborative work as teachers. Again the emphasis will be on simple-to-implement changes using free or low-cost tools.
The third focus is on the role of technology as an enabler and support to a diverse range of pupils using research-proven models of integration.
Our course concludes with an overview of free downloadable tools for use in your classroom when you return for the next academic year. We will also offer a range of free online CPD options to keep you abreast of emerging trends in this area.
All of our tutors are experts in the area of ICT for Teaching & Learning and will provide you with one-to-one guidance as you complete your studies online.
Technical support is provided by our dedicated team of qualified learning technologists, who are available to assist you by telephone or email.
Interactive Learning Assignments accompany each module. Each student is also required to complete a Reflective Assignment as well as a CPD record.
Upon completion of the course you will receive a Certificate of Continuing Professional Development and a Learning Log of your work, which can be included in your CPD portfolio.
Since its establishment in 2001, ICEP Europe has recognised the importance of creating strong accreditation and collaboration links with key bodies in order to cement the organisation’s standing as a quality leading provider of online education in the area of Special needs education and psychology.