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DT - ePortfolios and other digital tools

The future has arrived

About the Course

Make the 2018 / 2019 school year, the year you embrace ePortfolios for all your students. 

Goodbye tatty old cardboard folders, hello eportfolios! Cool.

We bring you leading edge solutions and tools and show you how to set up an ePortfolio for each child in your class and how to help them populate it with their own digital artefacts i.e. from photographs of completed art work and projects, to their written poems and stories, to reflections and blogs and more. It’s easier than you think, and oh so powerful and motivating.

Become that natural born leader and lead the roll out of digital portfolios in your school this coming school year. And why stop at ePortfolios? It is time to rise up and truly embrace the transformational power of key digital technologies within the teaching and learning equation. Is it not time that Kahoot, Kidblog, Vocaroo, Powtoon, Lightbot and the countless other foot-soldiers of the digital revolution were made commonplace in our classrooms?

Therefore, this summer, we deliver our teacher insurgents ‘The Digital Tools Kit’, the weaponry required to raise the digital flag, announcing the victory of true digital technology integration into our primary school curriculum, striking out in support of the Digital strategy for Ireland’s schools.

People, the era of the eTeacher, the iStudent and the classroom in the cloud is nigh. We are teaching the 'Last Backpack Generation'. Gone are the days when solely traditional teaching tools & techniques got the job done. Liberation is now. True teaching & learning in the era of the ‘Screen Generation’ demands that teachers get to grips with the array of super effective digital tools that abound to make learning engaging, more meaningful and more relevant for today’s connected & device savvy student.

It’s time to be radical, to be revolutionary, to rise up and strike out for a new way of teaching, learning and assessment.

Join us on the front line of ‘Digital Education’ this summer.

Enrol and embrace ePortfolios and exploit the wealth of wonderful digital tools.

 

NOTE:

The online format of this course enables you to study at a time and place that best suits your own needs. 

You can access your course from July 2nd to 5pm on August 24th.

Within this highly interactive web based course, a dynamic learning experience awaits, where you can interact with your fellow course participants through the in-course chat forums and communication tools provided by the CPD College learning system. 

Our friendly and knowledgeable tutors actively support each course, providing expert interaction, guidance and feedback for all participants on chat questions and assignments which call for critical reflection, self-analysis and a reasoned response. 

On successful completion of your course, you can download and print off your CPD record and certificate of completion.

We look forward to welcoming you to your course.

Learning outcomes

This course aims to: 

  • Review the digital strategy and extrapolate points for immediate action and integration into future practice
  • Equip teachers with a suite of key digital tools, skills and pedagogical insights in order to take full advantage of the digital revolution to better teach the ‘Screen Generation’
  • Detail all aspects of ePortfolios for students and skill teachers to build and exploit their own class ePortfolios using Google sites
  • Detail the research that should guide the integration of iPads & apps, into teaching to drive engagement and even better learning outcomes
  • Itemise the educational context for and curriculum application of a suite of best digital tools
  • Teach the skills necessary to use and operate each of the following digital tools, in order to enhance and drive teaching and learning:
    • PowToon, Kidblog and Befunky
    • Kahoot , Vocaroo and Class DoJo
    • Photostory, Scratch and Lightbot etc.
  • To discuss the case for schools embracing and accommodating BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
  • Look at, review and score one’s own ‘Teacher Practice’ as part of the SSE process

 

Modules
01 - Given the rapid rate of growth in technologies to support education, we are distilling out the best ones, equipping teachers with the digital tools, skills and pedagogical insights in order to take full advantage of the digital revolution to better engage and teach the ‘Screen Generation’ e.g. using the tool Kidblog to share and reflect on what is happening in the classroom. We in particular detail all aspects of creating and utilising ePortfolios through which children can evidence their own learning journey, skilling teachers in the use of ePortfolio building tools and underlying processes. Complete a detailed self-evaluation audit across 23 points of practice.
02 - BYOD – short for BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE is a new movement in education where students bring and use their own IT devices in the classroom, we explore the issues. Now is the time for schools to put the policies and procedures to enable children to bring devices to school, in the same way as they bring copybooks. REMEMBER - we are teaching 'The Last Backpack Generation', devices replacing schoolbags! Further, whatever the device, we skill build another suite of digital tools: Kahoot, Vocaroo, Audacity, Class DoJo and Best Apps. 
03 - Here we train teachers in ‘Digital Storytelling’  which derive their power by weaving images, text, music, narrative and voice together, thereby giving deep dimension and vivid colour to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. The digital tools used are Photostory 3, My Storybook and Window Movie Maker. What digital story will you tell?
04 - We hear so much about coding and computer programming, but often know so little about it. Teachers want to be able to do it and bring it to their classrooms as part of developing mathematical skills. Computer programming is engaging, challenging and so relevant to children living, growing and preparing for work in the era of digital. Here we equip both you & them with the tools and skill sets to do just that. While learning skills and techniques that underpin LIGHTBOT and SCRATCH programming, we engage with problem solving, sequencing instructions, establishing procedures, creating loops, solving challenges etc. It's time to step up to the challenge!
05 - We detail the features, functions and application of Powtoon, followed by 100+ ways to purposefully make use of digital cameras in & for learning, coupled with the ‘befunky’ online photo editing software. We conclude with a look at iPads, some special features, their particular place in special education and the apps that come recommended by us.

"An excellent course providing people who are very digitally aware and those not aware of the scope of technology and its uses in schools. Well done." - Emer, 2017