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Bring STEM into your classroom by attending this course delivered by the teachers from Microsoft DreamSpace. Explore how you can create higher order project-based activities focused on STEM (and STEAM) that can be used across the primary curriculum. Using a wide range of digital tools and maker activities, participants will explore ways they can change their own practice to better support STEM learning for pupils aged from 6 onwards. Hands-on activities include unplugged, coding and maker space challenges using MakeCode for micro:bit will occur across each day. Content will be provided to all participants through Microsoft Teams and OneNote which will result in teachers leaving in the end with their own resources for delivery of these activities in their classrooms next year.

Technical Requirements

All our courses require broadband Internet access (Min of 2mb recommended) and participants need to be familiar with using the internet, downloading and installing software.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to help teachers explore how they can use technology to create inquiry and project-based activities that can be used across the primary curriculum.

Participants will engage in hands-on activities using a range of digital tools and explore ways they can change their own practice to better support STEM learning.

Participants will understand how to apply the SSE guidelines and the Digital Learning Framework to their own teaching and understand how developing their own ICT practice can have an impact at school level.

Expected Outcomes

Participants will understand what is meant by STEM at primary level and be familiar with the STEM Policy Statement

Participants will learn how technology use can enhance opportunities to develop STEM (21st century) skills and assist in the creation challenging tasks that will motivate their students.

Course Duration

3 Days Live Online Microsoft Teams workshops:
August 16th-18th
Online: to August 19th-20th

This is a blended course, 3 Days Live Online Microsoft Teams workshops 9.30 – 2.30 and the remainder (Approx 8 hours) of the course online at teachnet.ie, between August 19th and 20th  Participants are required to attend all workshops and engage meaningfully with online content for approximately 8 hours. Whilst participation and engagement with the course content will be primarily judged on the quality of their contributions, an attendance roll will be kept and a log of their time spent working online.

Live Modules

  1. Overview of the National STEM Policy Statement and STEM learning
  2. Introduction to Office 365 Education and the Microsoft Educator Community portal
  3. Introduction to the Micro:Bit and coding using MakeCode
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