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Recent News

The RDS is calling for Expressions of Interest from primary school teachers interested in participating in the 2015 /2016 RDS STEM Learning Facilitator programme to become peer-leaders in science and maths primary education.
Those interested in finding out more are welcome to attend an Information Evening in the RDS at 6pm on May 6 – please email katy@rds.ie to register your attendance.
 Full details are available at www.rds.ie/stem and the deadline for Expressions of Interest is Wednesday, May 21, 2015. The programme will take place in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra across 10 weekday evenings between September 2015 – May 2016

The Summer Courses will be available to book online from 5pm on Friday 24th April 2015, please ensure that your login details are correct

The ICT in Education conference will take place on the Thurles campus of LIT on Saturday 25th April.
The theme for this year's conference is 'Make, Bake, Take’ and places an emphasis on creativity and a series of presentations and workshops will showcase how technology can be used effectively to foster and facilitate creativity in the classroom.
A range of break-out sessions will see presentations and hands-on workshops delivered by practicising teachers across primary, secondary and third level education.  These sessions will cover a diverse range of topics such as Minecraft in the Science classroom, Digital Portfolios. Virtualisation, Computer Games in the new Junior Cycle, Language and Technology, the Effective use of Images and Video in the classroom...

 
 
While schools are  free  are free to run an Active School Week at any point in the school year, National Active School Week 2015 takes place from April 27th to May 1st.
Many National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and Ireland Active leisure centres would like to support Dublin schools running ASW programmes.  Lists of those near your school  can be found by clicking the Read More button.  
Ideas for school activities can also be found at www.activeschoolflag.ie

Tech Week 2015 also takes place the week starting April 27th.  A nationwide festival of technology, it aims to inspire students’ active engagement with STEM subjects, and equip them with the knowledge and experience necessary to make informed choices about their future subject and career choices. 
More information at  www.techweek.ie

The Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) has organised a Spring Seminar, which will take place on Wednesday, March 25th next, Blackrock Education Centre at 4.30 p.m. The seminar, facilitated by Mark Fennell, is for both primary and post-primary.  It will look at literacy in the context of active learning pedagogies, with a specific focus on embedding oracy and, in particular, dialogue, across the curriculum. It will link this to the core aim of promotion of self-efficacy as a foundation for continued learning capacity.  
There is no charge to attend, but we recommend booking a place by clicking here

The Eircom Junior Spider’s Awards recognise both individual and group work in areas such as web design, blogging and gaming.  Categories range from age 4 up to age 19 and can be individual, class or school projects,   Entries for this year’s awards will close on Wednesday March 11th.  There will be some new categories this year including Creative Web Coding and Best Transition Year Project.  More details at www.juniorspiders.ie
 

UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2015, co-hosted by UN women, will take place from 23rd-27th February.  It will focus on the potential of mobile technology to empower women and girls.  To give Irish women and girls a voice at the conference, an online campaign has been organised. Its purpose is to capture experiences of using mobile devices in everyday life, in the context of learning, entertainment, collaboration, communication and, particularly, work in areas of STEM.  The objective is to encourage wide participation and diversity of experience.
Women and girls are asked to upload an image of themselves via Twitter to @NewsTalkFM using the hashtag #MLW2015 (Mobile Learning Week, 2015), stating how they use their phones for work or learning. An example...

The dlr LexIcon is now open to the public.  Both Library and Cultural Centre,  with 80,000 items in the adult and junior libraries, 60+ computers, 100 study spaces and a floor dedicated to Local Studies, there is plenty to discover at dlr LexIcon Library. 
 
Due to the phenomenal demand from school teachers in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area who would like to visit dlr LexIcon with their classes, an Open Evening for Primary teachers has been organised from 5-6.30pm on Wednesday 4th February and for Secondary teachers on Wednesday 11th February. 
 
The Open Evening will include details on membership for teachers and students, forthcoming events, classroom sets, how to make the most of a school visit to dlr...

  On March 28th a Primary Science event will take place in Cork.  Organised by the Irish Science Teachers Association in association with Lifetime LabOn, it will provide an opportunity to bring together Primary Teachers interested in developing the teaching of science within their schools. Further information by clicking here