In this section of our website we have compiled a number of free resources available to schools. We hope you find them of benefit to you and would like to thank all schools/parties for the resources.
DreamSpace HomeSpace Series - Daily STE(A)M Lessons for primary and post-primary schools
DreamSpace HomeSpace series is returning after the term break and moving to a daily schedule starting on Monday April 20th to support remote learning activities across the education sector. We have specifically developed STEAM content for primary school students (mainly 2nd-6th class) on Mondays & Thursdays and for post primary students on Tuesdays & Fridays to engage with from home. Our Wednesday series is appropriate to students across the age ranges.
Monday: MakeCode for micro:bit
This series will continue to be live from 1pm (if students have been following they can continue to join live here: https://aka.ms/DSHomeSpace), or all completed lessons can be viewed through RTÉ Home School Hub at https://www.rte.ie/learn/microbit/. The RTÉ Home School Hub also contains some unplugged and home challenges for students to engage with and enjoy.
If the need for remote learning assistance continues, our MakeCode lessons on Monday will move to be delivered through Irish starting Monday, May 11th.
Tuesday: Learning to code with Python
This series will begin on Tuesday, April 21st. It will be live every Tuesday at 1pm for a six-week period and be delivered by a current LC Computer Science teacher. Videos will also be available on-demand through our YouTube channel. The lessons will aim to bring students from a basic or no level of coding through the coding fundamentals with a focus on the programming language Python (one of two languages covered in LC Computer Science). This is ideal for anyone who wants to revise or is thinking of getting a start before 5th year.
Wednesday: Retro Game Design with MakeCode Arcade
By Monday, April 20th, this series will be entering its fifth week but not to worry because all our previous lessons are available on demand through our YouTube playlist and are also available on the RTE Home School hub at https://www.rte.ie/learn/arcade-coding/. This series is suitable from for anyone with very basic coding experience. As each lesson progresses, we move into quite advanced coding concepts so it would also be suitable for students involved in the area of coding through curriculum or extra-curricular activities in your school.
Thursday: Full STEAM ahead
This series will look at utilising materials around the home that can be used to complete some of our maker challenges. Students, with their parents, will have the opportunity to submit their finished challenge and be featured in the following webinar. We will also have an inspiring guest speaker join us during these webinars to motivate and excite young people about their future. This lesson series begins on Thursday, April 23rd and will be available to view live through https://aka.ms/DSHomeSpace and also through RTÉ Home School Hub (https://rte.ie/learn) the following day.
Friday: Imagine Cup Junior, AI for Good Challenge
This series will begin on Friday, April 24th and introduces students to the Imagine Cup. Through a series of 5 webinars, that once again can be accessed live or on-demand, we will bring students through the competition focal point: Artificial Intelligence for Good. This would be an excellent way to engage junior cycle coding students or transition year students at home with a project that they can then submit for review by our panel of judges. Students can work together (remotely) on this project so it is an ideal project to occupy plenty of time and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their project in this international student competition.
All links to live lessons, lesson content and associated resources are at https://aka.ms/DSHomeSpace
All lessons are available to watch on-demand at on our YouTube: https://aka.ms/HomeSpaceSeries
A range of lessons are also available as part of the RTÉ Home School hub at http://rte.ie/learn
We hope that by sharing these learning opportunities with you, that you can relay them to your school communities in a bid to keep them engaged, challenged and busy at home. You can stay in touch with us through our Twitter channel (@MS_eduIRL) or the hashtag #MSDreamSpace.
Mary Immaculate College / RTE Home School
RTÉ has announced a new Home School Hub across its television and online platforms, which will provide primary school children with fun daily lessons from the comfort of their homes.
RTÉ and Macalla Teo, with support from Mary Immaculate College, have collaborated to introduce a cross-platform teaching initiative for primary school kids across the country. On RTÉ2, RTÉ Player, and rte.ie/learn, children will be able to watch, download and engage with curriculum-based content, project work, and fun activities that will keep them entertained and learning.
From Monday 30 March, each morning from 11am to 12 noon on RTÉ Home School Hub on RTÉ2, each of our bilingual teachers will present three short class segments aimed at 1st and 2nd class, 3rd and 4th class and 5th and 6th class. Our TV programme will keep the kids watching and learning for the hour and then redirect them to fun content and project work that will be housed on rte.ie/learn and RTÉ Player. Click here for further information.
Shakespeare on RTÉ
Jigsaw, in collaboration with ESCI Education Support Centres Ireland, has developed a number of interactive online training courses for teachers.
This unique training, based on the latest research, was developed in collaboration with young people, teachers and schools. The courses are self-directed, and provides ongoing opportunities for reflection. Once you sign up using an email address, log in and complete the courses at a time and pace that suits you.
You can access the online courses here.
Give Back - Directory of Free Resources
Click here for a comprehensive list of free products and resources on Shane Hasting's website.
Parents Guide to Google Classroom
Click here for The Parents' Guide to Google Classroom.
Microsoft - Educator Centre - Activites for ages 6 to 9
Microsoft have made resources available for 6-9 year old kids.
PDST Post Primary Maths website have added daily materials from projectmaths.ie which are useful for students. Click here for more information.
Microsoft Education Ireland
As teachers prepare to take a well-earned term break, #MSDreamSpace HomeSpace will continue to run over the easter break so students, teachers & parents can join us live & catch up over the coming weeks.
Find all resources here
Apple Education Learning Series
This new series looks at straight forward ways to use the iPad as a tool to aid your remote teaching and learning. The videos focus on using native iPad apps and built-in features so there is no overload of new apps to learn. Keep it simple! This series is presented by the Apple Education Leadership and Learning teams. You can find the videos at https://video.ibm.com/apple-edu-learning-series
Prepare resources for remote learning
Create and share presentations and demos
Create engaging video with clips
And more are being added!
As a follow-up to the series, educators can also participate in virtual conferences led by Apple Professional Learning Specialists. Each virtual conference will run for approximately 30 minutes and will provide an opportunity for educators to engage in dialogue with our team about the content provided in each video. For more details see the link above.
Apple Teacher is a free professional learning programme designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an educator, you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things that you learn and be rewarded for the great work you do every day.
The Apple Teacher Learning Centre has everything teachers need to build a strong foundation for using iPad, Mac and Apple apps like Pages, Keynote, Numbers, GarageBand and iMovie in the classroom. Discover more than 120 skill-building lessons that include guided tutorials, ideas on how to apply them and inspiration on how to go further with each new skill you learn. All the iBooks are available for free in the Book Store on your iPad. You can find the Apple Teacher Learning Centre at https://www.apple.com/ie/education/apple-teacher/. You will need your Apple ID and password to log in.
Everyone Can Create
The projects in the Everyone Can Create guides teach students to develop and communicate ideas through video, photography, music and drawing. And they help ignite creativity by giving teachers fun and meaningful ways to bring these skills into any lesson, in any year group. Find out more at https://www.apple.com/ie/education/everyone-can-create/. The guides can be used by teachers or students which make them a great project for students to be working on as a creative task or an extension activity.
PDST Distance Learning Resources
PDST have developed Distance Learning Resources to support schools and teachers engaged in distance learning in order to provide continuity to pupils/students. Click here to use some of the online platforms and/or tools that are available to help schools to limit the impact of school closures by giving learners access to materials, support, classwork and feedback.
Maths Week Ireland
Maths Week Ireland have published a list of Maths at Home Activities on their website. Click here for further information.
Please click here for information on Maths Week Target Boards.
PDST Health and Wellbeing
PDST Health and Wellbeing have tweeted about some excellent free social and learning activies that can help students. Please click here for more information.
PDST Technology in Education
PDST Technology in Education's newsletter aims to provide ICT news and information to Principals, ICT coordinating teachers, teachers and all those involved in education. Click here for more information.
NRICH Maths - The Remainders Game
Click here for more information.
Anyone searching for classroom materials check out the Scoilnet website. The website provides a huge variety of resources that can easily be converted into lots of activities!
The School Musicals Company
The School Musical Company have made a scene and song available from popular shows. Click here for more information.
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