Post-Primary Schools

Our mission is to simply get all Primary and Post-Primary schools delivering computing and coding modules. Introducing and teaching students essential modern life skills. If you or your school need any aid with Computer Science (CS) or Information Communication Technology (ICT) training, resources, developing or implementing 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 In-house CS & ICT 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 to attend) 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 courses are designed to empower teachers with the knowledge, skills, and resources to deliver CS and ICT 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.

All off-site workshop can be delivered in-house at your school. 

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

Other Services:

 3 Day Python Workshop for Post Primary Teachers.

Python – Workshop: 12th to 14th June 2019

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                               12th to 14th June 2019

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Affordable Website Development for Schools.

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

We also specialise in building modern mobile device friendly website which thereafter allows the schools to have full management of their content in an easy to use friendly manner. If you have any question or queries about our 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 in line with the new Junior Cycle short coding course.

 

“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 their current skills portfolio.

What will be covered?

  • Presentation (Overview of Workshop)
  • Resources – YouTube for Education & Educational Website Usage.
  • How to keep your Laptops and PC clean and safe.
  • Anti-Virus SW, Updates, Disk Clean-up, What are the elements of your laptop.
  • Discuss ‘Short Course Coding – Specification for Junior Cycle’
  • Discuss how to align material with department specification requirements.
  • Computing – OS, HW, & SW. Computing and Coding through CS Unplugged (Paper Exercises).
  • JC Short Coding Course – Roadmap, resources and walk through.
      • Binary
      • Encryption
      • Exercise
  • 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:

Cork                      Midleton Hotel                           22nd September 2018           Saturday

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Dublin                   Talbot Hotel Stillorgan                13th October 2018                Saturday

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Wexford                Talbot Hotel                               19th June 2019                     Saturday

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Next Workshop

We are continuously receiving inquiries about the next upcoming Phase 1 workshop. This will be scheduled based on demand. If you are interested please forward an email to trevor@alignment.ie stating your location of preference. Limerick, Cork or Dublin.

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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 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 Web pages.
  • Syllabus navigation & exploration.
  • Exploring useful HTML & CSS websites.
  • JC Short Coding Course – Roadmap, resources and walk through.

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 a 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:

Cork                      Midleton Park Hotel                   8th December 2018                              Saturday

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Dublin                   Stillorgan Talbot Hotel                26th January 2019                                Saturday

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Limerick                Maldron Hotel                            16th March 2019                                   Saturday

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Wexford                   Talbot Hotel                            20th June 2019                                      Saturday

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Next Workshop

We are continuously receiving inquiries about the next upcoming Phase 2 workshop. This will be scheduled based on demand. If you are interested please forward an email to trevor@alignment.ie stating your location of preference. Limerick, Cork or Dublin.

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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 their current skills portfolio.

What will be covered?

  • How to use Python IDLE & Interface & Environment.
  • Using Turtle Graphics.
  • Understanding Variables & Numbers.
  • Loops. While, Repeat (For) & Nested.
  • Conditions & Boolean Logic.
  • Functions.
  • JC Short Coding Course – Roadmap, resources and walk through.

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:

Cork                      Midleton Park Hotel                    9th March 2019                                    Saturday

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Dublin                   Stillorgan Talbot Hotel                30th March 2019                                   Saturday

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Limerick                Maldron Hotel                             4th May 2019                                        Saturday

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Next Workshop

We are continuously receiving inquiries about the next upcoming Phase 3 workshop. This will be scheduled based on demand. If you are interested please forward an email to trevor@alignment.ie stating your location of preference. Limerick, Cork or Dublin.

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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 to introduce their students 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:

Teachers: The goal of this Transition Year module is to arm TY teachers with the skills and resources to be able to introduce their students to computing, coding, ICT skills 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.

Students: At the end of the course, students will have a good understanding of all the below elements. They will learn how to work together in teams and 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:

TY Teacher Training Course:

This course is presently only offered as an in-house option. We visit the school and delivery to as many teachers as you wish. Workshops are scheduled 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. TY Students will embrace all of these areas, it also gives them a good overview of CS and therefore may allow them to consider this as a viable third level choice.

Upon completion of this course, TY teachers will be able to develop a tailor-made CS course to suit TY timetables.

Resource Only Offer:

Where can these resources be used?

  1. New Junior Cycle (JC) Short Coding Course – Roadmap with appropriate resources for the 3 strands.
  2. Transition Year Computer Science elements.
  3. Used ad-hoc for schools which are not implementing the JC Short Coding Course.

These resource cover.

  • Introduction to Coding by the usage of Scratch.
  • CS Unplugged.
  • Pseudo Code and Flowcharts.
  • Appropriate blending learning Tech Clips via You-tube, which covers Coding/Programming, HTML/CSS, The Internet & The Web, Networking, Operating Systems, Linux, Computing & Computers, Python, Hacking, Internet Safety and Useful Websites.
  • HTML/CSS Lesson Plans.
  • Python Lesson Plans.

These resources will give your school the material to implement CS into the classroom. More importantly, giving teachers time to upskill in this new area without also having to try and find appropriate teaching resources.

The cost of these CS resources developed by Computing at Schools is a once of payment of €300. This offer is presently discounted from €400. To avail of this limited resource offer please send an email to trevor@alignment.ie Subject “Post-Primary Computing Resources” with your school details and Trevor will forward an invoice. If you wish to discuss an element of this email please feel free to contact Trevor directly on 087-6873933.

 

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Other 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 an 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 viewpoint.

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

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Transition Year Courses from Alignment.ie

Part of our services is 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 courses 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 courses is bespoke they can be tailored to your school’s requirements with respect to length and course depth.

Computing Disciplines

  • Introduction to programming through Scratch

    Our Lady of Lourdes TY 2017

  • HTML/CSS Development
  • Web Strategies
  • Introduction to Python Programming
  • Introduction to Computer Science – Computing & Coding
  • Online 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 courses. These courses 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 at 087-6873933 or email trevor@alignment.ie

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Cyber-Safety Protection Programmes for Schools & Students.

CyberBuddy – Pupils 1st 

Protect your school and students. Are your students aware of your Digital Policy?

 Email trevor@alignment.ie – In conjunction with Computing At Schools Cyber Division

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

This event is delivered to the whole schools, were children, teachers and parents can all get a better understanding 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