Make your Summer CPD Count with TeachNet!

TeachNet are excited to bring a comprehensive programme of summer CPD to teachers this year. The programme is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and learning styles. You can choose from some of our blended options or immerse yourself in a fully-online course. We have some of our old staples returning again for 2023: Microsoft 365 for Education, Using Google Workspace in the Primary Classroom, Digital Technologies and SEN, as well as some new and exciting courses such as Introduction to AI for Primary Teachers and Scientific Connections with Birr Castle Demesne. In this blog post, we will take a quick look at some of these key courses.

Introduction to AI for Primary Teachers

This brand-new course for 2023 is one that we are extremely excited about. AI has taken over educational discourse in recent months, and this course seeks to empower teachers to find ways in which AI can reduce their workload. The course will look at how AI can be integrated into the curriculum, and ways in which students can ethically use the tools. The course is designed by H2 founding partners, John Hurley and Dr Michael Hallissy, and is certainly one not to be missed!

Scientific Connections with Birr Castle Demesne

Scientific Connections with Birr Castle Demesne is TeachNet’s latest partnership course with SFI’s Curious Minds programme. One of the key features of these courses is the focus placed on integrated and cross-curricular learning within STEM Education. The course promotes inquiry-based learning within STEM education, particularly through the lens of the ‘design and make’ curricular skill. The course also takes a look at the local environment around Birr Castle, and promotes ways in which the local environment around your school can be used to promote these pedagogies.

Microsoft 365 for Education

This is the ideal course for you if you are interested in using Microsoft 365 tools in your school or classroom. There is a clear focus on key 21st century skills such as collaboration, and teachers are also afforded the opportunity to focus on using the Microsoft tools to develop literacy skills. 

Using Google Workspace in the Primary School

Similar to its Microsoft counterpart, this is a useful course for helping you integrate Google tools into teaching, learning and assessment in your classroom. This course is designed with practicality in mind, and there are numerous tutorial videos, which will walk you through how to functionally use the Google tools with any class. The course also has an explicit focus on how Google tools can be used to develop key 21st century skills, such as skilled communication, collaboration and problem solving.

Digital Technologies and SEN

We are delighted to return with our course on how digital technologies can be used to support teaching in SEN settings. This course places a specific emphasis on the integration of assistive technologies and is embedded within the context of the UDL framework. There are also a number of literacy and numeracy supports explored through the course content.

TeachNet courses are now open to enrol here. Courses will begin on July 3rd and run until August 18th. Make sure to make your summer CPD count this year!

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