Post-Primary Schools

Our mission is to simply get as many primary and post primary schools delivering computing and coding modules. If you or your school needs any aid training, setting up, developing or implementing a computing and coding programmes please contact Trevor @ trevor@alignment.ie or 087-6873933

What services do we offer to the post primary sector?

In-house Computing and Coding Training Events & Workshops:

We also cater for on-site Computing and Coding Teacher Training workshops. With this option we visit the school and complete any of the below off-site options (Usually on a Friday 5 Hrs required, schools can have as many teachers as they wish attend) As can be noted we also provide a number of other services within the on-site area.

1. Post Primary Sector Computing and Coding Teacher Training Programmes.

2. In class Computing and Coding Teacher Training Programmes. (Live class environment)

3. Transition Year Course – Bespoke TY course tailored to each schools requirements.

4. Online Protection Programmes for Schools, Kids & Parents.

5. Computing & Coding ‘What’s it all about’ talks for Schools, Kids & Parents.

6. Independent Hardware & WIFI Audits to aid with systems Modernisation.

 

Off-Site Computing and Coding Training Events:

These course are design to empower teachers with the knowledge, skills and resources to deliver Computer Science modules within their school. These modules can be used as a standalone option or can be directly aligned with the new JC Short Coding Course. We provide over 50+ hour teaching resources for each phase of the JC Short Coding Course along with a road-map as to how to deliver these elements.

We also specialise in assisting TY Teachers and Co-Coordinators incorporate Computer Sciences into their TY programmes.

7. Phase 1 – Introduction to Computer Sciences and how to teach CS through Scratch.

8. Phase 2 – An introduction to HTML/CSS Post-Primary Workshop.

9. Phase 3 – An introduction to Python Programming Post-Primary Workshop.

10. TY Teacher Training – Introduction to Computer Science Post-Primary Workshop.

11. 3 Day Python Workshop for Post Primary Teachers.

NB. Each of these phases will give teachers over 50+ hours teaching material.

 3 Day Python Workshop for Post Primary Teachers.

Python – Workshop: Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th June 2018

Python is a widely used high-level programming language for general-purpose programming and is one of the most popular industry languages. This language is now the computer language used by all leading second and third level institutes. Due to teacher demand we are running a 3 day workshop in Wexford just drop us an email for details.

Python is currently the most popular language for teaching introductory computer science courses at top-ranked U.S. Universities. Specifically, eight of the top 10 CS departments (80%), and 27 of the top 39 (69%), teach Python in introductory CS0 or CS1 courses.

Python is a general purpose programming language created in the late 1980s, and named after Monty Python, that’s used by thousands of people to do things from testing microchips at Intel, to powering Instagram, to building video games with the PyGame library.

3 Day Course Layout

  • Understanding the Programming Environment
  • Scratch to Python
  • Pseudocode
  • Flowcharts – Pseudocode & Python
  • Turtle Graphics
  • Numbers and Variables
  • Loops
  • Conditions
  • Functions
  • Creating Games

Cost: This three day programme will cost €450 per attendee and will be payable through Eventbrite or by direct online payment.

Time: 10:00 to 15:00

You will need to download Python which available free from HERE

Locations:           Venue:                                       Dates:                                 

Wexford                Talbot Hotel                               26th – 28th June 2018

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Affordable Modern App & Website Development for Schools.

We also provide an App and Website development service through www.computingatschools.ie This entity is to help schools ensure they are communication with a holistic approach to all their stakeholders by ensure they have access to modern tools such as affordable Apps that will allow the school do push notification with no hidden charges.

We also specialise in building modern mobile device friendly website which thereafter allow the schools to have full management of their content management is an easy to use friendly manner. If you have any question or queries the App or Website development services. Please do not hesitate to contact Trevor @ trevor@computingatschools.ie or on 087-6873933

Off Site Training Events and Dates.

“Post-Primary Sector Computing and Coding Teacher Training Programmes”

Our mission is to simply get as many primary and post primary schools delivering computing and coding modules. If you or your school needs any aid training, setting up, developing or implementing a computing and coding programmes please contact Trevor @ trevor@alignment.ie or 087-6873933.

How will we achieve this? – We use a 3 Phased Approach:

  • Phase 1: Introduction to Computer Sciences and How to teach CS through Scratch.
  • Phase 2: Introduction to HTML/CSS for Post Primary Teachers.
  • Phase 3: Introduction to Python for Post Primary Teachers.

Upon completion of this 3 phased course all teachers will have over 120 hours teaching material and also have acquired the skills to deliver these modules. This is inline with the new Junior Cycle short coding course.

NB. Alignment.ie fully understands and backs all ASTI teachers, this course is a pure knowledge and material based course and not associated with any element of any educational department. Let’s be proactive and not reactive.

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important”.

(Gates, 2012: p.1)

Upcoming Computing & Coding Workshops:

Phase 1 – Introduction to Computer Sciences and How to teach CS through Scratch

This one day course will be run on a Saturday to facilitate teachers and principals to travel and give the attendees the tools, skills and confidence to:

  1. Implement computing and coding in their classroom.
  2. For those that are already delivering computing and coding this course will provide a full syllabus to allow teachers to expand on their current skills portfolio.

 

What will be covered?

  • Introduction to post primary sector computing and coding through Scratch.
  • Area overview and discussion.
  • Discuss ‘Short Course Coding – Specification for Junior Cycle’
    • Discuss how to align material with department specification requirements
  • Youtube for Education
  • How to keep your Laptops and PC clean and safe.
  • Educational Website Usage.
  • Computing and Coding through CS Unplugged (Paper Exercises).
  • Introduction to HTML & CSS (Overview)
  • Introduction to Python.(Overview)

Cost: This one day programme will cost €150 per attendee and will be payable through Eventbrite or by direct online payment.

Time: 10:30 to 15:30

To get the most from the day you will need to download the following programmes onto your laptop:

Scratch 2.0 Offline, Notepad++ & Python all are available free from HERE

Locations:           Venue:                                       Dates:                                   Day:

Dublin                   Talbot Hotel Stillorgan               16th September 2017           Saturday

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Limerick                 Maldron Hotel                           14th October 2017               Saturday

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Phase 2 – An Introduction to HTML & CSS Post-Primary Workshop

This one day course will be run on a Saturday to facilitate teachers and principals to travel and give the attendees the tools, skills and confidence to:

  1. Implement HTML & CSS in their classroom.
  2. For those that are already delivering HTML & CSS this course will provide a full syllabus to allow teachers to expand on their current skills portfolio.

What will be covered?

  • How to use Notepad++, Sublime Text 3 & Trinket.
  • Understanding how website work.
  • Understanding the difference between The Internet & The Web.
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP), what is it? what does it do?
  • Introduction to HTML & CSS.
  • Developing Webpages.
  • Syllabus navigation & exploration.
  • Exploring useful HTML & CSS websites.

New JC Short Coding Course Specifies – Phase 2 

  • 2.1 Discuss the basic concepts underlying the internet
  • 2.2 Describe how data is transported on the internet and how computers communicate and cooperate through protocol
  • 2.3 Explain how search engines deliver results
  • 2.4 Build a website using HTML and CSS to showcase their learning
  • 2.5 Explain how computers represent data using 1’s and 0’s
  • 2.6 Investigate how drawings and photos are represented in computing devices
  • 2.7 Identify a topic or a challenge in computer science that inspires them
  • 2.8 Conduct research on the topic/challenge
  • 2.9 Present a proposal for discussion and reflect on feedback
  • 2.10  Convince their peers that an idea is worthwhile

Cost: This one day programme will cost €150 per attendee and will be payable through Eventbrite or by direct online payment.

To get the most from the day you will need to download the following programmes onto your laptop:

Notepad++ & Sublime Text 3 all are available free from HERE

Locations:           Venue:                                       Dates:                                                   Day:

Dublin                   Stillorgan Talbot Hotel                23rd September 2017                           Saturday

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Wexford                Talbot Hotel                               30th September 2017                           Saturday

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Cork                      Midleton Park Hotel                   18th November 2017                           Saturday

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Limerick                Maldron Hotel                             25th November 2017                          Saturday

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If you are interested in any of these events and would like to pre-book please forward an email to trevor@alignment.ie

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Phase 3 – An Introduction to Python Programming Post-Primary Workshop

This one day course will be run on a Saturday to facilitate teachers and principals to travel and give the attendees the tools, skills and confidence to:

  1. Implement Python in their classroom.
  2. For those that are already delivering Python this course will provide a full syllabus to allow teachers to expand on their current skills portfolio.

What will be covered?

  • How to use Python IDLE & Interface & Environment.
  • Using Turtle Graphics.
  • Understanding Variables & Numbers.
  • Loops. While, Repeat & Nested.
  • Conditions & Boolean Logic.
  • Functions.

Cost: This one day programme will cost €150 per attendee and will be payable through Eventbrite or by direct online payment.

To get the most from the day you will need to download the following programmes onto your laptop:

Python is available free from HERE

Locations:           Venue:                                       Dates:                                                   Day:

Dublin                   Stillorgan Talbot Hotel                3rd March 2018                                    Saturday

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Wexford                Talbot Hotel                                10th March 2018                                  Saturday

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Limerick               Maldron Hotel                           14th April 2018                                    Saturday

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Cork                      Midleton Park Hotel                    21st April 2018                                    Saturday

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If you are interested in any of these events and would like to pre-book please forward an email to trevor@alignment.ie

As the Python Element is the third and final phase of this course, these workshops will be delivered early in the 2017/2018 academic year.

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Title: TY Teacher Training – Introduction to Computer Science – Computing, Programming & ICT Skills for TY Students:

Aim:

Recent statistics and surveys have shown a very poor entry level into the field of Computer Science (CS), statistics also show high dropout rates for the students who do enter third level CS due to a basic lack of exposure. The aim of this course is to aid TY teachers introduce their student to CS and take the fear out of the unknown whilst giving their students an overview of the different elements of Computer Science, thus allowing the student to make an educated choice to consider CS as a progressive third level option.

Overview:

The goal of this Transition Year module is to introduce students to computing, coding, ICT Skill and the area of Computer Science in a fun and exciting way. This module was designed with this goal in mind and to ensure the fear is taken out of the unknown. At the end of the course students will have a good understanding of all the below elements whilst also learning how to plan and design projects. They will learn how to work together in teams and they will have the opportunity to present their work to their peers and teachers.

Elements:

  1. Industry Introduction:
  2. Introduction to Programming. (Use Scratch)
  3. Computer Science (CS) Unplugged
  4. Introduction to industry elements:
  5. HTML & CSS: (Use Worksheets)
  6. Exploring Python:

Upon completion of this course TY teachers will be able to develop a tailor made CS course to suit TY time tables.

 

This is presently only offered as an in-house option. We visit the school and delivery to as many teachers as you wish. Workshops are schedule for a Friday and need 5 hours for delivery. Most importantly you receive over 100+ hours resources and we will cover Coding through Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python the TY’s love all of this area, whilst it also gives them an overview of Computer Science and therefore may allow them to consider this as a viable third level choice.

If you are interested in any of these events and would like to pre-book please forward an email to trevor@alignment.ie

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In-house Training Events, Courses and Workshops

 

Post Primary Sector Computing & Coding Teacher Training

Alignment.ie aid schools with Computing and Coding CPD Teacher Training. This training is conducted onsite, upon completion teachers will have a understanding of the individual module to be delivered. Alignment.ie supply appropriate syllabus for class lessons. If you would like to make an inquiry about this option please sent to trevor@alignment.ie

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In class Computing and Coding Teacher Training Programmes. (Live class environment)

Alignment.ie can deliver a bespoke Computing and Coding course in the classroom. This allows teachers to get hands on training and experience whilst the lessons are delivered to their students. This is a 3-4 hour session but can be tailored to meet the schools needs.

Benefits:

  • Increase STEN scores.
  • Introduce blended learning into class environment.
  • Proactive Continuous Professional Development for staff.
  • Full use and integration of all available hardware.
  • Approach your syllabus from a different modern view point.

If you have any questions or queries please contact Mr. Trevor Murphy MSc Teacher Council Registration No:207110 – Head of Training and Development on 087-6873933 or email trevor@alignment.ie

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Transition Year Courses from Alignment.ie

Part of our services are the delivery of courses to secondary level students.These bespoke courses greatly enhance problem solving, interpersonal and self-directional skills helping students succeed in their future careers.  They also aim to increase awareness and encourage interest in the field of Computer Science and Business. These course are mainly targeted at Transition Year students and aim to give the students an overview of the subject area to enhance their awareness and therefore aid their college course selection. We have developed 11 courses which are as follows, as each of these course are bespoke they can be tailored to your schools requirements with respect to length and course depth.

Computing Disciplines

  • Introduction to programme through Scratch

    Our Lady of Lourdes TY 2017

  • HTML/CSS Development
  • Web Strategies
  • Introduction to Python Programming
  • Introduction to Computer Science – Computing & Coding
  • Oniline and Social Media Safety

Business Disciplines

  • Strategic Management
  • Business for Beginners
  • Social Media (Business) for Beginners
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation

We have had an excellent uptake rate to date particularly for Transition Year Students.  We offer discounts to schools who uptake 2 of these course. These course can be implemented within any term of the school year.

The skills demand for ICT talent is a global one. By 2015, it is estimated that there will be a shortage of up to 864,000 ICT professionals across the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA).

Ireland is likely to face an average increase in demand for high-level ICT skills of around 5% a year out to 2018 with the employment of ICT professionals anticipated to rise to just over 91,000.

(DES, ICT Skills Action Plan 2014 – 2018)

Duration: This can be tailored to suit any year (most applicable TY Students) module length and material usage is flexible.

If you have any questions or queries please contact Mr. Trevor Murphy MSc Teacher Council Registration No:207110 – Head of Training and Development on 087-6873933 or email trevor@alignment.ie

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Online Protection Programmes for Schools, Students & Parents.

For details of our 1 day “Online Protection Programmes” email trevor@alignment.ie – Duration Full Day

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Computing & Coding ‘What’s it all about’ talks for Schools, Students & Parents.

This is event is delivered to the whole schools, were children, teachers and parents can all get a better understand of ‘Computing & Coding, what’s it all about’. Duration 2 hours.

What is covered?

  • Computing in our educational sector.
  • What are your options to get your involved.
  • What is coding all about?
  • How is software relevant?
  • Opportunities and options.
  • Laptop/PC Security.
  • How to keep your kids safe online. (YAPPY)
  • Practical demonstrations.
  • Question Time.

Inquiries or bookings to: trevor@alignment.ie

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Independent Hardware & WIFI Audits to aid with systems Modernisation.

You have an IT budget but what do you send it on? Alignment.ie conduct independent separate or join Hardware and WIFI audits. This should be your first step when considering upgrading any elements of your IT infrastructure, we are an independent company which has no links to hardware sales and therefore will always supply advice as to what you really need!

Inquiries to: trevor@alignment.ie

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Our Lady Of Lourdes - TY 'Introduction to Computer Sciences Programme'

Our Lady Of Lourdes – TY ‘Introduction to Computer Sciences Programme’

Portlaoise College PP Teacher Training

Portlaoise College In-house PP Teacher Training Workshop.

Phase 1 Stillorgan Workshop- “Introduction to Computer Sciences and How to teach CS through Scratch”

Phase 1 Wexford Workshop- “Introduction to Computer Sciences and How to teach CS through Scratch”

Limerick Phase 1 PP Teacher Training - Introduction to Computer Sciences

Limerick Phase 1 PP Off-Site Teacher Training – Introduction to Computer Sciences.

Cork Phase 1 – Post Primary Computing & Coding Teacher Training Programme

Adamstown CC Lucan Phase 1 CS Teacher Training Programme

Adamstown CC Lucan Phase 1 CS In-house Teacher Training Programme

St. McCartans College Monaghan Phase 1 CS Training

St. McCartans College Monaghan In-house Phase 1 Computer Sciences Teacher Training

Stillorgan 2 - Phase 1 Computer Science Teacher Training Workshop

Stillorgan 2 – Phase 1 Computer Science Off-Site Teacher Training Workshop

Stillorgan PP Phase 2 - HTML-CSS Teacher Training Programme

Stillorgan PP Phase 2 – HTML-CSS Off-Site Teacher Training Programme