Kildare Education Centre - Ionad Oideachas Cill Dara

Summer Courses

Online Course for the Primary Teacher – Laois and Kildare Education Centres

The online course in Well-Being, Self-Care and Renewal for the Primary Teacher will run in two separate tranches:

3rd July - 21st July (cut-off point for course registration 17 July ** THIS TRANCHE IS NOW CLOSED)

7th August - 25th August (cut-off point for course registration 20th August)


Please make note of both tranches and choose one for completion of your course.  You will be able to create your account to register before the course begins and access to actual course content will go live at 9am on 3rd July.  We have experienced tutors ready to support you throughout your online course this summer.



Renew your ‘well’ of energy this summer!

The overall aim of this course is to create a comfortable, relaxing space for the teacher/school leader to reflect, relax, rejuvenate and renew their ‘well’ of energy after the school year has ended.  The following course aims detail what the course entails:

*      Firstly, to address the needs of the individual teacher in relation to stress and to explore these needs actively throughout the course through understanding the physiology of the stress response along with self-care and mindfulness practices.  This course will provide a relaxing space where the teacher can reflect upon current practices in the area of well-being and learn new practices too which can then be implemented into their daily life to change their responses to stress and improve his/her own well-being in simple, practical ways.  The course includes guided meditations that can be enjoyed from the comfort of their own home.  (The emphasis lies on the teacher experiencing self-care and mindfulness practices for his/herself and therefore progressing naturally into the second aim).

Secondly, to provide the teacher with practical strategies and lessons that can be confidently implemented directly into their classroom/school community under the SPHE curriculum, along with bringing simple, enjoyable well-being resources and ideas into their daily classroom practice, that won’t just benefit the well-being of the pupils and classroom culture but will also directly benefit teacher well-being too.

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Course date: 21-08-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 25-08-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 21-08-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: Unlimited
Registered: 39
Individual Price: €75.00
Location: ON-LINE

Facilitator:  Ann-Marie Ireland

Dates:  Mon 21st Aug - Fri 25th Aug 2017 (9.30am-2pm)

This course provides a space for the primary teacher to address their well-being needs both personally and professionally. 

The course has two main aims:

To understand and address the needs of the teacher:

  • The course is designed with the intention of giving you breathing space; space to reflect and evaluate your own journey in terms of self-care and well-being
  • Through many activities within this space, you are offered practices and life skills including mindfulness practices that if used regularly will aid in alleviating stress and improving quality of life
  • The topic of self-care is explored throughout the course and this practice can dramatically improve your life and in turn, the lives of those around you
  • This course offers you opportunities to evaluate your own well-being, learn new skills and practices to improve it and also provides activities that allow you to look forward in a positive way to the challenges presented to you both professionally and personally in the future

To transfer these skills and practices into the classroom:

  • The course also provides you with practical ideas and lessons that can be implemented directly into the classroom/resource room on a daily basis and under the SPHE curriculum
  • You will be provided with lesson plans based on mindfulness practice and also on a specific step by step relaxation lesson template which you can be used directly and then also used to create your own lesson plans in order to integrate them with other curricular areas 

We are no longer accepting bookings for this course

Course date: 21-08-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 25-08-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 12-07-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 25
Individual Price: €50.00
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Embedding ICT in the Primary Classroom:

This Summer Course for 2017 from PDST TiE will introduce teachers at all class levels to ways in which ICT can be easily integrated into daily teaching practices. The course will investigate the use of a range of literacy, numeracy and wider curriculum related websites and resources which can add to active learning in the primary classroom.  

Over the duration of the course teachers will be guided through the process of creating a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment based digital resources which they can use in their own classrooms.  

Other key areas of course content to be discussed and developed include the importance of safer internet practices in the school environment, finding and selecting good quality educational content online, developing whole school assessment practices through the use of ICT and finally planning for e-learning practices to complement current SSE practices in your school. 

Tutor:  Niamh Morrin


We are no longer accepting bookings for this course

Course date: 21-08-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 25-08-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 20-08-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 20
Registered: 20
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Scoil Bhríde, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare

 Fís - film making to develop literacy in the classroom 

This summer course for 2017 will introduce teachers to the skills involved in the process of film-making and how it can support and develop literacy skills. Each module is structured to encourage a hands-on approach to learning.  

 Each module will begin with an exemplar before participants work on a range of directed tasks and activities through the use a variety of film-making technologies (hand-held camera devices, software,) as tools to develop pupils’ literacy skills. All modules finish with a group discussion on classroom implementation as well as the sharing of ideas, strategies and good practice.  

Over the duration of the course, participants will explore how the process of film-making can be used to develop relevant resources to enhance teaching and learning in literacy across the curriculum.  


Tutor:  Bryan Lynch 

Course date: 21-08-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 25-08-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 20-08-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 20
Registered: 13
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Scoil Diarmada, Castledermot, Co. Kildare

ICT for Literacy (formally the Reading and Writing Process using ICT) 

This Summer course for 2017 from PDST TiE will investigate will investigate a wide range of easy to use, practical online resources which can build and foster pupils' skills in reading comprehension, oral language, writing and vocabulary at all class levels.  

It will also explore how ICT can be used to support and develop key elements of literacy by developing a digital portfolio of sample teaching, learning and assessment resources for all class levels over the week.  

Each module makes reference to classroom based examples of using ICT to support differentiation so as to cater for our pupils’ varying learning abilities and SEN needs. Other relevant areas discussed during this course include building safer internet practices in my school, integrating technologies in literacy intervention programs as well as planning for e-learning and SSE on a whole school level. 

Participants are required to bring their own laptop for the duration of the course.

Tutor:  Maria Bergin


We are no longer accepting bookings for this course

Course date: 21-08-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 25-08-2017 2:00 pm
Cut off date: 20-08-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 20
Registered: 20
Individual Price: €10.00
Location: Maynooth Boys National School

Kildare Education Centre

Address: Friary Road, Kildare Town, Co Kildare,
                R51 KN66.

Phone: 045-530200 Fax: 045-530237

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