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PDST distance learning resources

16-March-20
PDST distance learning resources

PDST have designed a resource to support teachers and schools who will be engaging in distance learning in the coming weeks in order to provide continuity to learners at both primary and post-primary level; the webpage www.pdst.ie/distancelearning

Using some of the online platforms and/or tools that are detailed on this webpage, schools will be enabled to limit the impact of school closures by giving learners access to materials, support, classwork and feedback.

There are a number of dedicated areas on the webpage to support teachers in this task:

The Platform Section: This section explores the different online platforms that schools are currently using or may choose to use to connect with their pupils/ students as they continue their learning experience at home (eg. Microsoft Office, GSuite, Schoology, Edmodo, Seesaw, etc). The key features of each platform are clearly outlined, as well as how these can be effectively used for the purposes of distance learning.

The Reliable Sources of Information Section: Content in this section highlights reliable online repositories where teachers can access curriculum-related content to plan lessons and can share curated information with their pupils (eg. Using Learning Paths in Scoilnet). Attention in this section is also drawn to websites that learners can access at home to engage in remote learning/ project-based work/ etc. Here resources such as Scoilnet, World Book Online, DK Findout and Epic are featured.

The Online Tools Section: Within this section a number of online digital tools are explored which teachers can use to support pupils/ students who are learning at home (eg. Flipgrid, Edpuzzle, screencasting, Quizlet, Adobe Spark, etc). Each tool featured in this section is described, linked to how it might be used in practical terms for distance learning and we've also included links to associated resources/ video tutorials etc for teachers.

The Video Content Section: Here a number of video hosting sites are listed which teachers can use to source and share appropriate digital content with their pupils/ students to explore topics and consolidate learning at home.

Another team within the PDST compiled an extensive collection of distance learning supports for teachers (including the above) on the TiE website, available here:

https://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/Technology/Online%20Learning%20during%20school%20closures/

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