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Government to spend €7m on computers & software for DCG. .....Arrow...new gif

Second-level schools are finally getting new computers for the 5,000 students a year who sit Leaving Certificate Design and Communications Graphics. Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan informed second-level principals at their annual conference in Galway on Thursday the 16th October that she was allocating  €7m for spending on both new computers and the necessary software. The tender for the software was issued on Wednesday the 15th October and the tender for the computers will follow shortly.

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  Autumn 2104 Professional Development Programme. .....Arrow...Updated

Details of the full autumn programme of CPD workshops for teachers of the Technology Subjects is now available for viewing and includes workshops in:

  • Completing the Student Design Brief – (DCG)
  • Construction Studies – Preparing Students for Assessment
  • Guidelines on Teaching the DCG syllabus
  • Introduction to Electronics

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  Six new gif Activity Sheets for J.C. Technology Subjects...Arrow.....

A further 6 Activity Sheets have been developed for the PDST for use by teachers and students of the Technology Subjects.  They compliment the current 6 worksheets available since 2013 and bring the total number now available for teachers to 12.  The Activity Sheets vary in difficulty and are designed to aid students in their progression through Junior Cycle.  Each exercise has a number of activities which enable the student to combine theoretical elements with hands on practical experience. There is no set order to the projects and teachers are free to choose when to include in their subject plans. Each Activity Sheet includes elements of::

  • Setting goals and learning objectives.
  • Practical project work.
  • Working drawings in 2D and 3D format coupled with Bill of Materials.
  • Associated theoretical content.
  • Design activities.
  • Cross curricular links.
  • Literacy and Numeracy based activities.
  • A logical sequence toward completion.
  • Critical reflection & evaluation.

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  2015 Irish 2nd Level Robotics Tournament. ....New

The Irish 2nd Level Robotics Tournament (previously Irish  Junior Mini Sumo Tournament) will take place in The Radisson Blu Hotel Galway in early April 2015 (date yet to be confirmed).

After the huge success of last year’s event, Robotics Ireland in conjunction with the Galway Education Centre and PDST have decided to increase the number of participating robots by introducing a new competition to the event. The tournament will now run the following 3 seperate competitions:

  • ·         The Irish Junior Mini Sumo Competition
  • ·         Robovid Competition
  • ·         The Irish Junior Line Follower Racing Competition New

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  SolidWorks 2009 & XP Computers. ....

Please note that SolidWorks 2009 installed on Windows XP computers will continue to function as normal post the 8th April 2014.   

Copies of the SolidWorks software that will install on computers using the Windows XP operating system is no longer available via the SolidWorks Custom Portal. Where a school may need to reinstall the software on XP machines, Solid Solutions have provided an XP compatible version of the software (2012) for downloading via the link below or it can be obtained by contacting Solid Solutions directly. Both 32 & 64 bit versions are available.

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  CAD Computers for Schools. ....

Under this new procurement agreement schools can purchase CAD specified Desktop & Laptop machines direct from Dell. Click on the links below for further details.

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Technical Graphics Resources. ....
PowerPoint Presentations which could be used as an introduction to Technical Graphics or as a tester course for new 1st year students.  Worksheets are provided to compliment the PowerPoint presentations.  The full PowerPoint presentation includes a brief overview of Technical Graphics and could possibly be set up for display at information nights or open days.  

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Seminar in Sligo IT

For teachers in the North West of the country, Sligo I.T. have informed us of a seminar in the College on Thursday next 23rd October from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  which may be of interest to teachers of technology subjects.

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Technoteachers National Conference

The 2014 National Conference will be held on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th October in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick. 

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Construction Technology

Gill & Macmillan have informed us that Trevor Hickey’s new book, CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY: Designing Sustainable Homes is now available to purchase.

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I'm an Engineer (get me out of here)

An online X-Factor style competition for engineers where students are the judges. Students get to interact with engineers online, and it's totally free for schools.

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Winning Video

Click the link below to view the winning entry in the Film Makers section of the 2014 Irish Junior Mini Sumo Robot Tournament organised by Robotics Ireland in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland and PDST.

The video was made by Cian Ruane and Shane Mc Cormick, both 5th Yr students in St. Gerald's College, Castlebar.

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Sample Project

Sample1st Year Technology workshop project. The format and layout is based on the style of the PDST Activity Sheets. This resource is provided by Shane Comisky, Adamstown Community School.

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Mini Sumo Robot

CPD Workshop notes and resources are now available under the "Events" menu option.

 

Hand Dryer

Introduction to the PIC. CPD Workshop notes available from the following link.

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