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2015 Technology Subjects - National Seminar new gif

This year the focus is on Cloud Computing, Cloud Software & resources available to support and enhance teaching & learning in the classroom/workshop and will take place in Portlaoise College, Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois on Saturday the 21st March 2015 from 10:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The seminar will afford teachers an opportunity to take part in practical workshops on the following:

  • Using cloud software to engage & assess students’ progress.
  • Using Goggle Doc’s & Flubaroo to create self-correcting homework & revision tests.
  • Introduction to Office 365 for Education.  
  • Managing online storage, uploading files & folders, hyperlinking, sharing online content.
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New Computers & CAD software for DCG Rooms .Updated

Computer suppliers have just completed the tendering process for the supply of CAD Desktop & Laptop computers for Design & Communication Graphics as announced by Minister Jan O’Sullivan in October 2014.  All DCG schools have now been contacted by the DES with details of the draw-down agreement and the purchasing process.

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2015 Robot Games Ireland Tournament. ....Updated.

The Robot Games Tournament (previously the Irish Junior Mini Sumo Tournament) will take place in The Radisson Blu Hotel Galway on Friday the 1st May 2015.

This year there are 31 schools entered with 148 Mini Sumo Robots, 58 Line Follower Robots and 12 Robovids!

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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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DCG Book - "Guide to the Student Assignment" ......

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This booklet offers guidance to both teachers and students on possible approaches to successfully completing the DCG Student Assignment by drawing on the knowledge, experience and wisdom gained from the development of the student assignment to date.  Printed booklets may now be ordered by schools.

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A Guide to the Engineering Technology Project. .....

The purpose of these booklets is to offer guidance to both teachers & students on possible approaches to successfully completing the Engineering - Technology Project: Manufacture/Design.

Copies of these publications are available to purchase from the Galway Education Centre.

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

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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Source: https://www.examinations.ie


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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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  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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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


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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.


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.


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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