This Instagram account, run by ASD Class Teacher Angela O’Connor, offers resources for Primary school children and children with ASD and additional needs, including how to make visual timetables for home.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Resource Material
Click here to view a folder containing resource materials for students with ASD.
An Chomhairle um Oideachais Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG)
Is féidir cuardach a dhéanamh ar líne do na háiseanna atá ar fáil do theagasc na Gaeilge nó don teagasc trí Ghaeilge.
Barnardos Supports for Parents
Barnardos have various supports for parents available on their website.
Biodiversity in Schools
The Biodiversity in Schools team have a number of nature activities for remote learning that are simple, free, require minimal resources and will encourage students to get outside this Spring. There are nature activites for birds, bugs, trees and wildflowers to name a few!
Bookville 2020: Bookville in a Book
Based on some of the best contemporary children’s authors and illustrators, Bookville in a Book is sure to inspire children, teachers, parents and guardians. Packed with fun and exciting interactive activities to suit children from 5 - 12 years, this will be an activity book to treasure, and you can enjoy it at any time! There are also Shadow Puppet and Bookmark Making video workshops available here. Bookville is brought to you by the Kilkenny County Council Library Service and the Kilkenny County Council Arts Office, supported by the Creative Ireland Programme.
While many parents are at home looking for creative projects to keep children occupied, Butler Gallery are releasing some creative activity inspiration every week as part of their Home Studio series, along with colouring pages based on works from their Collection. Butler Gallery have recently added colouring pages of original artwork from the Cartoon Saloon WolfWalkers film. Also, Butler Gallery have developed some brand new resources and events specifically for Post Primary school students. The first is free online sessions for Leaving Certificate Art students to assist them with the 'Gallery Question' in the Leaving Certificate Art paper. The second is a series of animation workshops led by their artist-in-residence, Gráinne Rose Fordham, the layout artist on the film WolfWalkers.
Camara Education Ireland
Camara Education Ireland, in partnership with Google for Education, are hosting a range of G Suite for Education online support sessions on various topics, from Introduction to Google Classroom to Google Sites. Further details can be found here.
Castlecomer Discovery Park Educational Activities
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS has put together four excellent voiced-over PowerPoint slideshows on Making the Transition from Primary to Secondary Schools: A Mental Health Perspective;
- Self Regulation and Organisation from an Occupational Therapy/Therapist's Perspective
- Practical Approaches to Good Nutrition
- Adolescence and Developmental Changes that Coincide with Transition to Secondary School
- Preparing for the School Move
To view the slide show choose “Slide Show” and “Play from Beginning”.
To find out more about Cisco WeBex, used for video conferencing, online meetings, screen shares and webinars, click here.
Cocoon Remote Learning and Virtual Classrooms Blended Learning Bootcamp
Cocoon are running two week online bootcamps for Primary and Post Primary teachers; there is a Google for Education bootcamp and an Office 365 bootcamp. They have partnered with Explain Everything and WeVideo to provide these to schools. Click here to see the Cocoon information/registration page for schools and here to see their information flyer.
This website from TG4 is aimed at two groups; under-sixes (Cúla4 na nÓg) and older children (Cúla4). Aside from television programmes there are games and creativity sections. On Monday 20th April, Cúla4 ar Scoil launched, with a broadcast every Monday - Thursday morning at 10a.m. and again in the afternoon at 4p.m. It features contributions from teachers and facilitators from other communities and Gaeltacht regions, incorporating a range of dialects.
Design and Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) 'Get Ireland Making'
Get Ireland Making is an initiative led by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, supported by Creative Ireland and Healthy Ireland. It aims to share the skills of DCCI craftspeople and designers, a lot of whom work on CRAFTed with communities across Ireland. There were weekly updates about live workshops and video tutorials, all with an emphasis on making with materials at home or that are easily accessible. Many of these video tutorials, along with podcasts, are available to watch on the DCCI website. The DCCI ambition is to engage the public and the design and craft community in activities designed to support wellbeing and build resilience during this time. DCCI also have various lesson plans for teachers, available here.
A number of eBook and educational content providers, such as CJ Fallon, continue to provide access to their online resources to help teachers settle back safely and easily into the new school year.
English Language Support Teachers' Association of Ireland (ELSTA)
The English Language Support Teachers' Association of Ireland (ELSTA) have opened all their 'Members Only' resources to all teachers given the current circumstances.
ESCI 'Ignite Your Light - Minding Ourselves as we Light the Way for Others' Wellness Series for School Staff
Wellbeing for school staff forms a significant part of the Wellbeing Policy Statement and Framework for Practice 2018-2023. In November 2020, Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI) launched the Ignite Your Light - Minding Ourselves as we Light the Way for Others series of events. School staff can view the various webinars in the series, along with previous Midday Moments, on the ESCI website here. In November 2020, as part of this series, ESCI released the first Ignite Your Light - Minding Ourselves as we Light the Way for Others podcast. All podcasts in the series can be found on the ESCI website.
ESCI 'Maintaining Connectedness and the Wellbeing of the School Leader' for Post Primary Schools
ESCI, in partnership with DES, NAPD and PDST, delivered a webinar entitled 'Maintaining Connectedness and the Wellbeing of the School Leader' for Post Primary School Leaders in November 2020. You can view a recording of this webinar here.
ESCI Supports for Schools to Support Very High Risk (VHR) Learners
In October 2020, two special webinars were delivered by various support services for schools (DES, ESCI, JCT, NCSE, NEPS and PDST) to support both Primary and Post Primary schools with Very High Risk (VHR) learners. To view the level-specific webinar for Primary or Post Primary schools click here.
ESCI 'The Board of Management: Exploring Effective Practives - A Panel Discussion for Members of Primary School BOM Webinar
In January 2021, ESCI, in collaboration with CPSMA, Educate Together, IPPN and PDST, delivered a webinar for members of Primary School Boards of Management. You can view this webinar here.
FÍS Film Project: Introducing Film Into the Primary Classroom
The FÍS Film Project has various resources and ideas for both teachers and parents alike, such as learning film-making skills for making films at home, available on their website. In November 2020, FÍS announced their Storyboard Storytelling Competition, where Irish Primary schools are invited to enter a one-off COVID-19 special initiative. The FÍS Storyboard Storytelling Competition provides an opportunity for students to visually interpret a story, concept or topic, and use artistic media and different types of shots, to convey that story in an imaginative and creative way. A full brief, judging criteria and how to enter this exciting Competition is available here. The closing date for the Competition is 5p.m. on Friday 26th March 2021. To support the Competition, the FÍS Film Project have developed a step-by-step tutorial which guides Primary school students through creating their very own storyboard - ideal for use in the classroom! You can view this YouTube tutorial here.
Google G Suite for Education
For any teachers struggling to get to grips with Google classroom, there are updated tips and tricks here on how to keep your lessons going remotely, should the need arise.
Google Teach From Home Hub
Google have created a Teach From Home hub which is a suite of information and tools to help teachers teaching from home.
Happiness and Wellbeing Skills for Post Primary Schools
The Happiness and Wellbeing Skills website offers a number of wellbeing tasks and short guided meditations for Post Primary schools. Additional wellbeing skills will be added regularly, such as the Daily Wellbeing Skills videos which may be helpful.
Health and Safety Authority (HSA) Choose Safety Programme
Introducing the principles of workplace safety and health to Senior Cycle and Further Education students
The HSA Choose Safety Programme is a free education programme, available to Post Primary schools, PLC's, Colleges of Further Education and Youthreach centres, which introduces the principles of health and safety in the workplace. The programme is designed around six Units and each Unit contains enough material and teaching suggestions to cover five or more class periods. The school pack consists of a Teacher and a Student book, which are available in hard copy, and to download from the HSA website. Teachers may dip into the text and engage in the topics and student activities that best suit the level of knowledge of their students. For further information about the Choose Safety Programme in Kilkenny Education Centre click here.
Heritage in Schools Resources
Heritage in Schools have a vast array of resources, designed to inspire and develop an appreciation and curiosity about Ireland’s wonderful natural and cultural heritage, on their website.
ieducate 'Zoom for Education'
ieducate have developed a number of resources to help schools using Zoom for distance education. These resources include video tutorials, past webinars, such as the ieducate and ESCI 'Zoom for Education' Webinar Series, and Zoom guides for Principals and Teachers.
iRevise are providing free study resources to all students for one month, along with some live online Maths tutorials.
Irish Primary Principals' Network (IPPN) and Centre for School Leadership (CSL)
IPPN has worked closely with CSL to put together a guidance document containing some practical options and ideas to support school leaders in their leadership role at this time.
Libraries Ireland have various online services available. For example, you can join the library online and get eBooks, audiobooks, online magazines and newspapers for free straight away.
Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Educational Resources
MIC have published a selection of online education resources and articles, many of which have been recommended by MIC staff, on their website here.
Mental Health eLearning Programme for Teachers
Jigsaw, in collaboration with Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI), 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 provide ongoing opportunities for reflection. More information can be found here. There is also a series of 'Jigsaw Connect for Teachers' live webinars, available to teachers who have signed up to the Mental Health eLearning Programme, hosted by Jigsaw Clinicians and including ESCI tutors on the panels. These webinars are being recorded and will be available for teachers on both the Jigsaw and ESCI websites and here.
Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams
Many schools are familiar with Microsoft software to provide remote learning but many teachers might not be aware of what it can do. This website gives advice on how to ramp up online learning quickly with Microsoft Teams. Also Kieran Sweeney, Limerick Education Centre Director, has compiled a list of useful links to various Microsoft Education videos which may be useful to schools using Teams. PDST Digital Technologies advisors have curated a page of content on Microsoft for Education which can be viewed here.
Microsoft Ireland have created a page on their website focused on remote learning support for school communities, which includes resources, training and 'how to' guides.
Middletown Centre for Autism Webinar Series
Middletown Centre for Autism continue to offer a series of webinars which feature members of their own multi-disciplinary team and international speakers on a range of themes, such as Autism and Sensory Processing. They also have a page on their website containing plenty of resources and activities, which can be accessed here.
National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)
NATE have provided a number of resources focused on teaching the English curriculum to Primary and Post Primary school students on their website.
National Council for Special Education (NCSE)
NCSE are providing online resources for children with Special Educational Needs developed by Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists. There are resources for parents and teachers, along with a list of useful apps for home learning. In January 2021, NCSE outlined their range of supports available for teachers that are delivering remote teaching and learning and for Parents/Guardians of students with Special Educational Needs (SEN). You can view their range of supports here.
National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)
DES NEPS psychologists have developed advice and resources for children and young people to manage and stay well, along with guidance for parents supporting children and young people.
National Gallery of Ireland
With their National Gallery of Ireland at Home page, the National Gallery of Ireland invites schools and families to stay connected with them while at home. Teachers and students can access a range of content, such as virtual tours, podcasts, videos, activites and blogposts.
National Parents Council (Primary)
The National Parents Council have useful information, tips, fun activities and various online training opportunities available on their website for parents of Early Years and Primary school children.
Online Mindfulness Events
Dee Hennessy of Mindfulness Facilitation is hosting various online cross-professional mindfulness events at this time.
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) Distance Learning
PDST has created a page of curated content, which has been developed to support schools and teachers engaged in distance learning, in order to provide continuity to students. This page can be accessed here.
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) Leadership
The PDST Leadership Team has compiled a suite of information and supports that may be useful to Primary and Post Primary school leaders at this time. This suite of information can be used to help support and develop the thinking of school leaders and will continue to be developed.
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) Post Primary SPHE Online Resource Portal
The Post Primary SPHE Online Resource Portal consists of links to a wide range of resources that are available to support the wellbeing of the entire Post Primary school community.
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) Primary Wellbeing Online Resource Portal
The PDST Primary Health and Wellbeing Team have collated a comprehensive collection of subject specific supports for all areas of health and wellbeing at Primary level, such as PE, SPHE, RSE, Child Protection, Anti-Bullying, Restorative Practice and Teacher Wellbeing. This resource portal can be accessed here.
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) Technology in Education Blended Learning Supports
The PDST Technology in Education Team have developed a Blended Learning Supports page on the PDST website. On this page, teachers can access two key supports; (1) short videos with suggested sequences to follow when engaging with the PDST blended learning resources so teachers can maximise their professional learning in this regard and (2) level-specific blended learning resources. Teachers can also view a level-specific previously held blended learning webinar available on this page.
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) Technology in Education Digital Technologies
The PDST Technology in Education Team have created a page of curated content which contains information about the various platforms to support distance learning, and their online features that can be used to support teaching and learning remotely. Platforms included in this page include ClassDojo and Seesaw. This page can be accessed here. The PDST Technology in Education Team have also created a YouTube channel to provide easy access to their short online tutorial videos exploring digital tools for teaching, learning and assessment.
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) Technology in Education TeacherCPD.ie Platform
TeacherCPD.ie is the learning platform for PDST Technology in Education online courses on digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment. Online courses available on this platform include the level-specific How to Create and Use Instructional Videos (Primary)/Using Video to Enhance and Create Resources (Post Primary) and Assessment Feedback and Digital Technologies, along with many more. The Teaching Online for Primary and Post Primary Teachers course is still available and relevant this Term. The PDST Technology Team have also published their 10 Tips for Teaching Online article, sharing their top ten tips, many of which have been shared by teachers.
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST ) Technology in Education TeacherCPD.ie Vimeo Channel
TeacherCPD.ie have a number of video tutorials on their Vimeo channel, such as;
- How to add an audio recording to a PowerPoint presentation
- Recording an instructional video on Chrome Canvas and Screencastify
- Recording an instructional video on Seesaw
- Screen recording with Loom
- Screen recording with Screencast-o-matic
Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and the Teaching Council Learning for All Webinar Series
PDST and the Teaching Council hosted a series of live webinars for teachers which commenced on Tuesday 31st March 2020. These webinars addressed the experiences and concerns of school leaders and teachers at this time in the spirit of support, reassurance and enablement. Through live panels and live links, representatives from the profession and the field engaged in conversations about the realities currently faced by teachers and school leaders, as well as highlighting the wonderful efforts they made in maintaining continuity in learning for students. The series returned on 21st January 2021, with the aim of connecting good ideas across school communities. Further details can be found here.
Resource Pack for Primary School Principals and Teachers
Simon Lewis, Principal in Carlow Educate Together N.S., has created a collaborative Google Doc designed to share any ideas that might be useful for online learning. Even more Primary school resources can be found here.
Revision Resources for Post Primary Students
Various revision websites for Post Primary school students can be found here.
RTÉ Learn contains all the educational content produced by RTÉ; from Primary Home School Hub content to content for Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle.
Seesaw Online Learning Platform
Limerick Education Centre has partnered with EDNIP (Embracing Diversity, Nurturing Integration, Learning for Life Project) to support parents and children access the Seesaw learning platform through accessible video tutorials. The aim of these videos is to empower teachers, Parents/Guardians and children access learning within the home and improve engagement between school and home during this time. You can access the various videos here.
The SEN Teacher website has free SEN teaching resources and learning materials.
Setting up Communities of Practice (CoPs)
Scoilnet supports Primary and Post Primary teachers in sharing and finding useful resources for the classroom. It also has a number of home usage supports which teachers and students alike can benefit from. These supports are free and do not require registration.
Visit the Scratch website to learn how to program interactive games, stories and animations.
The Ark @ Home
The Ark @ Home is a way for children who are home from school to connect with The Ark through a series of at-home arts activities, virtual events and online screenings of live performances, to name a few.
The Teaching Council
In response to requests for support in relation to online teaching and learning, The Teaching Council have produced an Online Teaching and Learning eZine highlighting some of the latest research.
Tools, Apps and Websites for Primary School Students
Ciara Reilly (@PrimEdTeacher), Digital Education Assistant Lecturer in Marino Institute of Education, has compiled an incredibly useful padlet of tools, apps and websites to support Primary students at home. You can view this padlet here. To view Ciara's subject specific padlet (Art, Music and Drama, Literacy, Maths, PE and SPHE and SESE) click here.
Transitions from Pre-School to Primary School Padlet
Click here to view an excellent Padlet of resources on the transition from Pre-School to Primary school in Ireland, created by Sarah Murray.
Twinkl Ireland has created a variety of weekly learning resource packs for children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. Resource packs, created by teachers, contain fun, interactive, exciting and challenging work and English, Maths, Gaeilge, History, Geography, Science, Art and STEM activities so children can continue their learning at home.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
Click here to view a list of educational applications, platforms and resources which aim to help parents, teachers, schools and school administrators facilitate student learning from home.
Weaving Well-Being Programme for Primary Schools
The Weaving Well-Being Programme has published a Return to School with Weaving Well-Being Primary Teacher Resource Pack with Outside the Box Learning Resources. This Resource Pack was created for Primary school teachers to help their students process and express their emotions and experiences as they return to school after school closures caused by COVID-19. It can be used in the first weeks back to school and is suitable for children aged from 8 - 12 years. The activities are based on the Weaving Well-Being Programme and are written by the Programme co-author, Fiona Forman.
Webwise offer free information, advice and education resources addressing a range of internet safety issues and concerns, including the latest online safety advice in relation to COVID-19. Information, advice and education resources are available for teachers, parents and students.
Wired for Well-Being Programme for Post Primary Schools
The Wired for Well-Being Programme has published a Return to School with Wired for Well-Being Secondary Teacher Resource Pack with Outside the Box Learning Resources. This practical Resource Pack was created for Post Primary school teachers to help their students process and express their emotions and experiences as they return to school after school closures caused by COVID-19. It can be used in the first weeks back to school and is suitable for First and Second Year students. The activities are based on the Wired for Well-Being Programme, a new SPHE programme for Junior Cycle, and are written by the Programme co-author, Fiona Forman.
World Book Online
World Book Online is a learning environment that is free for students to use during their remote learning journey. The content spans all class levels, in both Primary and Post Primary, and is available 24/7 from any device through Scoilnet here. Each resource is specifically designed for a given age group.
Zoom host free and interactive live training webinars daily. Click here to find out more.