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PDST - Autumn 2015 Professional Development Programme.........updated

At the request of the Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education & Skills the PDST has developed a professional development programme for teachers of the technology subjects. The programme covers key updates and developments to the SolidWorks CAD software from 2009 to 2015. Phase one of the program was the development of a series of online tutorials and supporting web resources designed to provide a self directed learning programme for teachers.

Phase two of the programme consists of a series of 2.5 hours workshops commencing on the 4th November 2015 and running until the 3rd December 2015.  Details of the programme, venues and dates will be forwarded to schools on the 12th October 2015. The online booking forms will be live from 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday the 13th October 2015.

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Leaving Certificate Briefs 2016 .. .Arrow...



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ECO Friendly & Sustainable Refugee Shelter.....

Refugees and people displacement is very topical at the moment, but here is a solution from Patrick Leonard from Grange Post Primary School based on the provision of specialised shelter for those forced to live in long term camps and holding areas. It was Patrick's project for the 2015 Leaving Certificate Technology Examination and is provided here with his permission and that of Grange Post Primary School. Teachers: Declan Campbell and Daniel O'Connor.

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Refugee Shelter

Autumn 2015 Professional Development Programme. .....



Workshop Title



10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Completing the Student Design Brief – (DCG)

Laois Education Centre


10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

C.S. – Preparing Students for Assessment

Laois Education Centre


10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Teaching the DCG syllabus

Laois Education Centre


06:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Programming PIC Microchips

Laois Education Centre

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Note: Selected Online Application forms are now active....



Minister for Education and Skills announces €7m in grants to 450 post-primary schools to support implementation of DCG programme .

New Computers & CAD software for DCG Rooms

Announcing the grants, Minister O’Sullivan said: “My Department recognises the importance of DCG as it directly contributes to the key skills required in Ireland’s knowledge-based economy. It incorporates principles of science, materials, manufacture, design, technology and information technology”.

Following a public procurement competition, a contract for CAD Software for Schools was awarded to Solid Solutions Ireland, the national reseller of Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation 3D Software, SOLIDWORKS, for the next six years. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) purchased this software directly following a procurement process involving representatives from the DES and various partner bodies. “SOLIDWORKS is a worldwide industry leader in parametric CAD software and today’s announcement will ensure that Irish students will remain at the cutting edge of design technology.” The drawdown facility for computers has been put in place by the procurement committee with the support of the Office of Government Procurement. The computers are specially customised and tested to meet the demands of running SOLIDWORKS in a classroom environment. Fujitsu Ireland, with its partners Smart Schools and Total Import Solutions, are supplying the Desktop computers. The Notebook Computers are being supplied by PC Peripherals. 

The Minister said: “DCG continues to grow in schools. In 2012, 5,319 candidates sat the Leaving Certificate Examination, with the predicted 2015 figure standing at 5,705. The allocated funding has been increased accordingly and will ensure that this important subject continues to go from strength to strength. Letters are being issued to schools detailing the amount of money being allocated.

A professional development programme for the new CAD software is currently being formulated by the Professional Development Service for Teachers for autumn 2015, and details will be sent to schools. The first phase of support will involve online tutorials and supporting web resources. Phase two will include national workshops.

Minister for Education

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Creating & Programming a Mini Sumo Robot

Online Video Workshop

Visit our online workshop to view a series of video tutorials covering the contents of a one day (6 hour) T4 professional development workshop demonstrating how to build, programme and control a Mini Sumo Robot.

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Entrepreneurial & Design Skills on show in Doon. .....

Click on the link below to view a series of short videos demonstrating the range of design and I.T. skills displayed by students studying Technology in Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa in Doon.  See a Robotic-Hand being controlled by external human hand movements, a Baggage System that identifies and sorts components by colour and an automatic Farmyard Cleaning System.

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Activity Sheets for J.C. Technology Subjects...Arrow.....

Activity Sheets for use by teachers and students of Technology Subjects.    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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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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New Technology Book

Golden Key Educational Publishing have informed us that the new book "Technology for Leaving Certificate" by Gráinne Enright is now available.


Student Assignment Book
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This booklet offers guidance to both teachers and students on possible approaches to successfully completing the DCG Student Assignment


Engineering Projects Book

These booklets offer guidance to both teachers & students on possible approaches to successfully completing the Engineering - Technology Project: Manufacture/Design.


TechnoTeachers Conference

2015 Conference will take place in the Tullamore Court Hotel on the 16th & 17th October.


ETTA Conference & AGM

Engineering & Technology Teachers Association 2015 Conference & AGM will take place in the Clonmel Park Hotel on the 20th & 21st November.


Photo's of DCG Rooms

Sample layout of desk design & DCG room layout from various schools.


edTech Portal

Have you signed up for the edTech Portal? Join the community of teachers of Technology subjects? Share resources, post comments, seek help from colleagues, watch videos and much more.


Technology Room

See a panoramic view of the Technology Room in Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa, Doon, Co. Limerick


Teacher Registration

Would you like us to contact you when new courses or resources become available?  If yes, then select the registration option under the Teacher menu.


Construction Technology

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


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.


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.


Mini Sumo Robot

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

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