Digital Technologies and SEN

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This course will explore the effective use of technology for students with SEN. A range of hardware, software and online options will be explored with the emphasis on using digital technologies to support the curriculum or the individual pupil support plan.

Technical Requirements

All our courses require broadband Internet access (Min of 5mb recommended) and participants need to be familiar with using the internet, downloading and installing software.

Course Objectives

This course is designed to introduce teachers to creative ways of exploring climate and climate change with their pupils. The course elements include:

  • A variety of classroom activities focused on weather, climate and climate change.
  • Introduction to Earth observation and use of the EO Browser based on ESA satellite images.
  • Use of inquiry based teaching and learning to support practical investigations in the classroom.
  • Introduction to the Climate Detectives programme for schools.
  • Reflection and self-assessment activities prompting teachers to consider how they approach STEM in the classroom.

Equally the course will provide participants with the opportunity to connect with other educators and expand their own professional learning networks. The sessions are designed to be interactive with activities and tasks incorporated throughout. In order to continue the learning process beyond the course time frame..

  • A variety of software to support teaching and learning activities available via web browsers and mobile applications.
  • Reflection and self-assessment activities prompting teachers to consider their use of ICT in their practice, encouraging teachers to contrast how often technology is used as a teaching aid against how often it is used by students to support their own learning and the development of their 21st century skills.
Expected Outcomes

The course is designed to promote pupil centred inquiry learning within SESE curriculum areas. Inquiry learning requires students to be actively involved in making observations, collecting and analyzing information, synthesizing information, and drawing conclusions. Teachers will be introduced to innovative ways to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Teachers will have the opportunity to improve their understanding of the STEM through the lens of climate change.
Engagement in the course will improve the quality of teaching by introducing participants to a range of online resources, methodologies and knowledge that will support teaching and provide the opportunity to embed digital learning into teaching, learning and assessment practices.

Course Duration

Delivered online, this course can be taken anytime between July 1st and August 20th, 2021. Participants are required to engage meaningfully with online content for approximately 20 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.

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