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As many of us are moving into a space that we may not have previous experience of, this is a time for us to pull together and to support and empower each other. So many educators, especially in our own organisation, are already collaborating and working together as we make the sudden shift to remote delivery. It is a challenge, but also an unprecedented opportunity to develop our own skills and to participate in some #ProfessionalLearningWe will contribute to this page regularly, so please check in again soon. Also, please get in touch if you have anything to add! 

We are running online classes for teachers and tutors introducing tools for remote teaching and learning. Check out the CPD calendar for June 2020!

This is a time for us to mind ourselves and to keep the social and emotional element of our teaching and interactions to the foreSomething that our CDETB staff do incredibly well! Our students and colleagues may be experiencing stress and anxiety and will rely on our support and positive interactions with them, which they will no doubt miss in the coming weeks as people feel increasingly isolated. Keep the social contact going, albeit virtually!  

Carrie Archer 

Professional Development Coordinator 


And just a reminder that the CDU library remains open – we have just moved to online provision! Please get in touch with any queries you might have: eva.hornung@cdu.cdetb.ie.

Stay safe!







The PDST Digital Technologies Team have been working on creating a dedicated page on the website to support teachers who plan to use distance learning tools over the coming weeks. An excellent resource with lots of tips and tricks as well as links to resources and tools that will help both you and your students in the coming weeks.


They’ve provided an initial set of links to resources and online tools to assist schools during the current school closure period, to be in a better position to provide learners with access to relevant content, classwork and opportunities for enhanced learner engagement. If you need support in this area they’ll be providing ongoing updates on our PDST Distance Learning page, on PDST-TiE Twitter, or you can contact them directly at ictadvice@pdst.ie.



The National Institute for Digital Learning in DCU have created a number of links and resource especially beneficial for teachers in PLC colleges for when we are swiftly moving online! Although it has some DCU specific resources, there are some great tips regarding looking at this move from the student’s perspective. This gives some really useful guidelines for the student that you may like to share with them.

It also provide a link to the Open Teach online course. Anyone with an interest in online teaching can participate in the #Openteach open online course. The #Openteach course will have its first run from the 23rd of March to the 3rd of April 2019. The course will take approximately 10 hours to complete. It may be worth a look!



#edshareieThis fabulous Twitter community has set up a hashtag for sharing online tools and resources. Amanda Joliffe from Microsoft has curated the responses into a highly useful Padlet which she is constantly updating and grouping. Don’t just use it as a resource- contribute to it and become engaged in sharing all of the knowledge that you have too!

Khan Academy

Khan Academy covers primary through secondary level. Excellent maths, science & computer science resources for self-learning. American grades, but if you click here you can get the curriculum mapping guide for Ireland. https://khanacademy.org


NRICH is an innovative collaboration between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at the University of Cambridge, part of the University’s Millennium Mathematics Project.NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18, covering all stages of early years, primary and secondary school education – completely free and available to all. Although geared toward the UK curriculum, you may very well find some valuable resources that you can work on with your students. https://nrich.maths.org/

Irish Homework 

Remote learning of Irish made easy. They’ve made it FREE for the remainder of this academic year. 300 teachers and counting. Easy set up easy to use easy to set and monitor lessons. All content provided. Worth giving it a go if it’s free for the rest of the year! It is usually 10 euro per student. Training provided online too. https://www.irishhomework.ie/index.php  


Scoilnet has over 20,000 resources shared by Primary and Post-Primary teachers. There are resources for every subject at every level in both Primary and Post Primary! You can also access World Book Online for free at home through Scoilnet. Teachers can also upload resources and contribute to the community. Many of our colleagues and Irish educators are contributing to this regularly and are providing resources both for face to face and remote delivery. Contribute to the community and get uploading!  https://scoilnet.ie


This resource on screencasting has been shared by Stephen Gallagher from Marino College who is currently working with the PDST. A screencast is a digital recording of a screen, often containing audio narration. Screencasts enable a student-centred approach to learning; Teacher to Teacher learning and Teacher as facilitator. Screencasting is a means of creating videos as an aid to help others. A screencast is a digital recording of a screen, often containing audio narration. This resource gives different options for screencasting and also the links to video resources on how to get started! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v549jtkQWcsiG-B_KvlDb5Y5IMA18YgqYyypuFGP2vo/edit 

COVID+ Remote Schooling: Trauma Informed Teaching. 

A different approach to consider when we move to online and remote teaching and learning. Mark Sparvall contends that “The challenge is not ‘just’ the delivery of content remotely, its understanding our students are possibly stressed about COVID, may have had direct experience of those affected, have had their routine and social structures bent out of shape and experience caregivers/parents are under pressure…and we know emotions are the gatekeeper of cognition , motivation and attention. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/covid2020-remote-schooling-trauma-informed-teaching-mark/

Larkin Community College  

Larkin Community College have posted a list of useful websites to support online teaching and learning. Please check in regularly as it is continuously updated. By teachers, for teachers!  http://www.larkincommunitycollege.ie/news/article/useful-websites-to-support-online-teaching-and-learning 

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 

This website has collated lots of the resources available from Higher Education Institutes in Ireland. You can see from the image below the contributions from different HE institutes. This is being added to regularly so please check in again. Although it is HE, there is a lot here that we can learn from and use in our context.  https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/collaborative-resource-sharing/ 

Top Tips for working with students online 

The National Institute for Digital Learninhave a fantastic, interactive Padlet illustrating Top Tips for Getting Started Teaching Online. https://padlet.com/nidl/9dk289jxg6eu 

Newstalk on working from home 

Will you be working remotely for the next few weeks following the Government’s measures to tackle the spread of #Covid_19@petercosgrove, a Future of Work Expert has this advice on how to work effectively from home. It’s only 3 minutes long but there are a few simple points! #ListenBack, here: https://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/highlights-from-newstalk-breakfast/work-effectively-home

Online Teaching: Do This Not That 

A useful infographic that acknowledges that our students are entering a new reality too! Some key points about moving online. “Do This Not That”.  https://alisonyang.weebly.com/blog/online-teaching-do-this-not-that 

Conversation Cards: 

We all want to keep our students engaged and keep that sense of social connectedness, especially when if are not working in a Face to Face environment. These Conversation Cards prompt critical discussion and tap into the Social Emotional element of learning and teaching. The provide questions for you to pose to the students, but then provide reflections for the educator to consider based on student responses. https://unl.app.box.com/s/0smnisxyjjdllp24xknr1pbxlqdtoh4l 

Online You Tube resources for Leaving Certificate by Dublin Academy of Education 

This is a free to use YouTube channel where your students can access lots of recorded classes on specific topics. No need to reinvent the wheel if you can access resources readily available! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYX8SwIoZ7Mjizw1_eQ6kUA 

Wakelet by Microsoft’s Mike Tholfsen  

A collection of Microsoft Teams training, PD, tips, videos, and blogs.  https://wakelet.com/wake/58ca025a-16d0-4bdb-87a8-73be335d23db 

Are you more Google than Microsoft? 

Matt Miller’s Ditch that Textbook has a wealth of templates and resources for using with the Google suite. Well worth a look! Matt acknowledges that technology is changing the world, and it’s changing our schools and classrooms and that it feels impossible to keep up with everything. If you use Google in your school or centre and with your students and you’re looking for meaningful ways use technology and keep students engaged, Matt will have something here for you! https://ditchthattextbook.com/google-classroom/ 

Google Classroom:

So much more than a Worksheet Machine. You can also find some creative and innovative ways to use Google Classroom here. Thanks to @LadyWesner and TeachLearnInnovate for sharing! An excellent resource with interactive links and templates.


Supporting School Community Wellbeing During Remote Learning 

Some practical tips here to support our colleagues and students. Remote learning, or distance learning, can be a meaningful way to augment educational techniques and (quite literally) meet learners where they are. It can serve to increase equity and access to high-quality education. But while this new way of interacting with learners can bridge geographic gaps between teachers and learners, it can also lead to emotional distance between members of school communities. Emotional distance can have a big impact on students’ academic engagement and it can impact the wellbeing of all members of the school community. This guide is designed to share strategies educators can use to bridge emotional distance during remote learning. They focus on recreating important social and emotional aspects of school life like culture and interpersonal relationships. Some of the strategies can also be used to maintain connectedness between remote colleagues and enhance support for all members of the school community. https://education.microsoft.com/en-us/resource/a885a378


IRevise believe there is a better way to study. A more intuitive and smarter way, where students, their parents, and teachers, can access thousands of tools for learning, to help achieve everything they want throughout their school life. They’re passionate about it and their mission is to help people achieve all of their goals. iRevise.com is constantly changing – with new content being uploaded on a regular basis.They are giving all students free access to their premium services for the month of March. Just use the code STUDYCENTRE at checkout and you will have free access until you go back to school. http://irevise.com

Top Tips for students working online

Many students may be doing a good deal more online and remote learning in the coming weeks. These tips outline some of the ways to make the most of online learning. They range from making sure that you have the right facilities and equipment to work remotely to having a routine in place and helping one another out via virtual study groups. https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/resource/10-points-to-remember-when-learning-online/

Further Education Support Service 

FESS are the national support service for Further Education. Not only do they offer a huge range of Face to Face workshops, but they have so many resources online for many different QQI modules for Levels 1 right through to 6. In addition to these, they have thematic resources available on equality and diversity, literacy and numeracy and  wellbeing. They have developed a comprehensive referencing guide and have a wealth of resources available on assessment. Browse their website and find what you need. An unrivaled support for those of us working in FET.  https://www.fess.ie/

Technology Enhanced Learning Exemplars- March 2020

In recent times, faculty from across Ireland and the UK have enhanced their practice through appropriate and effective digital technologies usage. There are many examples of innovation in various parts of the FE and HE sector, led by various academic and learning technology champions. The Irish Universities Association[1] has launched a three-year project to mainstream digital in teaching, learning and assessment through an ambitious professional development programme. The aim is to move away from individual champions, towards effective engagement of all staff with digital technologies. As part of this project, Dublin City University (DCU) specifically wants to diversify the assessment methods utilised across the university. They have made this resource openly available through their website. You will find the rationale for, and examples of many different types of assessment on this site, everything from Vlogging to Digital Animation and using audio for feedback. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-53jSmf_uf46ojZKL4vJRuLtEHNZ9hdQs7lR_LH5ypM/mobilebasic#h.fvokrur5reef


In this current situation, distance teaching and learning has become topical and essential. Many educators are looking for practical advice about how best to deal with the challenge of engaging with their students online and for many this may be their first time exploring the seas of online teaching. Although it may seem daunting, there are many solutions at hand to help with this scenario. To note, throughout this article several sources have been linked to the content so I would like to thank the great work of staff for creating helpful information, a lifebuoy of a sort, that helps educators stay afloat to support online teaching and learning. https://www.ahead.ie/Distance-Teaching


Revise study centres provide supervised study, grinds, & intensive revision courses to all secondary level students for both Junior Cert & Leaving Cert Exams. They are now offering FREE daily subject classes. Log in on the showtime link and get to class! https://revise.zohoshowtime.eu/

Leaving Certificate Resources 

This is a compilation of resources that any Leaving Certificate students or teachers may find useful. Suggestions, questions, or comments, can be sent to adamkelly2201@gmail.comThis is a mixture of both free and paid resources, and there is a description and rating for each.  Click on this link to access the Google Docs with all of the links to the resources on it.

Creating Accessible Documents 

UCD Access and Lifelong Learning YouTube videos on creating accessible documents. This is a series of 4 short videos (2-4 minutes long each). They tell you how to create accessible Word docs, Power Points, videos and how to make your website accessible. Keeping Universal Design for Learning and inclusion to the fore. Click here to access the playlist.  

Teach From Home (Google tutorials)

This site is a temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. It is focused on Google products and has tutorials on all aspects of using Google with your students, form video calling and Google Hangouts, to email and everything in between. You start where you want and take it from there. Easy to follow tutorials and it has lots on the accessibility features available in Google products too. Definitely worth a visit! Click here to access Teach from Home and the resources available

Data Protection Guidelines for working online

Measures to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 will involve more people working remotely than usual. Click here to get access to the Data Protection Commissioners site. This which provides us with some tips to keep personal data safe when working away from the office. For more information you can consult the guidance on data security


The list of educational applications, platforms and resources below aim to help parents, teachers, schools and school administrators facilitate student learning and provide social care and interaction during periods of school closure. Most of the solutions curated are free and many cater to multiple languages. While these solutions do not carry UNESCO’s explicit endorsement, they tend to have a wide reach, a strong user-base and evidence of impact. They are categorized based on distance learning needs, but most of them offer functionalities across multiple categories.

Apple Apps for Online and Remote Learning

This Apple App collection is designed to support institutions and educators to enable remote learning for all students, no matter where that learning is happening. The only criteria is that you have an IoS device. Happy Apping! Please keep an eye on the CDU website for weekly app reviews: http://cdetbcdu.ie/cdetb-programmes/technology-enhanced-learning-tel/apps-of-the-week/

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus

Experts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network share their recommendations for educators supporting students during the COVID-19 crisis. Some excellent tips by just clicking here!

National Student Engagement Programme:

As staff and students across Irish further and higher education adapt and transition to new ways of teaching, learning, and assessment, at NStEP they know that student engagement and staff-student communication will be challenging given the circumstances. To support meaningful and effective student engagement during the Covid-19 pandemic NStEP has launched some new Quick Guides for Class Reps and Staff who Teach as well as an online campaign to encourage staff and students, no matter their role, to get in touch. Click here to access the site and to get your hands on the many resources that are available here!

 RTE Learn:

RTÉ has confirmed that it will broadcast over an hour of “school on TV” to support primary school children and their parents at home. It is part of a cross-platform teaching initiative that has been developed by RTÉ at short notice with the support of the Department of Education. The one-hour programme will begin on Monday, March 30th and tt will run from 11-12 Monday to Friday on RTÉ 2, with a shorter “catch-up” segment later in the afternoon. It will be aimed particularly at children in 1st to 6th class. The TV programme will be produced by an Independent production company and will be presented from a real primary school classroom by teachers with television experience. The programme will also be available on the RTÉ Player and supporting worksheets and other material will be on RTE.ie/learn. Just click here to access the page.


Selecting Online Alternatives to Common Assessment Methods

National Forum for Teaching and Learning; Supporting those who Teach and Learn in the Context of Covid 19 Coronavirus.

While some assessment components do not need significant adjustment in the move to online (including at-distance) learning, others require some additional thought and may need to be replaced/significantly adjusted. The National Forum conducted a review of assessment practices across Irish higher education in 2016, exploring 487 modules and 1260 separate assessments across 30 programmes of study. This review highlighted the most commonly used assessment methods across the sector. In support of the move to online assessment, you can click here to access this resource which provides some indication of the kind of modifications that could be made for these common assessments.

The Hitch- hikers Guide to Alternative Assessment 

What a resource! Damian Gordon in TU along with expert advice and guidance from Lisa Padden and Trevor Boland in AHEAD has compiled this excellent resource which details the many different forms of assessment with a key focus on accessibility. It examines how we can achieve Learning Outcomes in new ways and how to universally design content. It gives a full “How to” guide on everything from case studies to podcasts, infographics to MCQ’s. It explains the assessment type, how to create it, some key tips and advice about creating that form of assessment and then a check sheet to ensure you are on the right track. Invaluable! Just click here to access the PDF and you can also contact him directly for a Word version.

You Tube channel PD North 

This Youtube channel includes the hows, whys & whens of digital use in FE learning environments including Zoom, Padlet, Edmodo, Google Drive & more. They’re currently in the process of recording lots more. You can also let them know if there’s something you’d like to see and they’ll see what they can do! Just click here to access the channel 

Microsoft Teams for Education How to YouTube Playlist 

This playlist pulls together the Microsoft Teams for Education quick tips to help get you up and running. It has a number of short videos and is easy to navigate. Click here to access the playlist. While you’re there, you should subscribe to Mike Tholfsen’s channel. His work with Microsoft is outstanding! 

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