The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) will be commencing Phase 2 of its Formative Assessment Using Digital Portfolios initiative for primary schools in November. It is envisaged that 36 schools in total from Dublin, Cork and Galway will be involved in this programme throughout the school year 2021/ 2022. This initiative focuses on the manner in which formative assessment can be effectively supported and enhanced in the classroom through the use of digital portfolios. Reflection upon this process will form a core component.
Engagement in this project will involve the following key aspects:
Staff completion of a short online digital portfolio course (1.5 hours in duration) prior to November 17th, designed and delivered by PDST’s online learning platform TeacherCPD.ie.
Attendance at an online webinar on Nov 17th from 4pm - 5pm exploring the initiative and it’s key tenets.
Three school visits per school from a PDST advisor to support teachers in exploring, creating and using digital portfolios for formative assessment, along with a potential online support session.
Attendance at a Shared Learning Day in April. The format of this event will be in keeping with any potential public health guidelines at the time. If the event isface-to-face then sub cover will be provided for one teacher per school and theschool principal if required.
If you wish to take part in this initiative, please complete the online expression of interest formhere. Alternatively, this form is also available at www.pdst.ie/DigPortfolioForm. Closing date for expressions of interest is October 18th at 5pm. Schools will be randomly selectedto participate and successful applicants will be contacted in late October.
Michael Mc Namara Realtín BerryPDST Team Leader for Digital Technologies PDST Team Leader for STEM
We are delighted to be able to send you the details of the 2021 FTA National Conference. This year, we are holding it through Zoom on October 16th, starting at 9am. We have a great variety of speakers so something should appeal to everyone. More details can be found by going to our website fta.ie or clicking on this link: https://fta.ie/congres-national-2021/