You’re very welcome to this brief Guide to the materials for the Applied Technology CPD Day 2020/2021. This Guide is intended to provide an overview of the content, key messages and discussion points of the CPD materials as you engage with them as an individual, a group of teachers or as a Subject Department. The materials will be helpful for teachers who may not have been able to attend the workshop in Applied Technology on their cluster CPD day 2020/2021, for newly qualified teachers or for teachers teaching Applied Technology for the first time in Junior Cycle. The materials will also be of interest to teachers who attended the CPD workshop in their cluster day 2020/2021 and who would like to revisit the materials.
While the workshop ran over three sessions on the cluster day, we have divided that into two shorter sections for you to engage with online. We have included an overview (in the form of a blurb) with each set of materials, indicating the core content of the PowerPoints, videos or other materials. Each overview will help you to discern what the section entails or what section you would like to revisit in the time you have available.
Teachers may wish to print or download the PDF versions of the accompanying Learning Log booklet and Reflection Resource. These booklets were developed as part of the Applied Technology online CPD day 2020/2021.
Note: We have hyperlinked each page for ease of use to locate a certain activity when needed. During the day there will be reference made to this support booklet and there will be an icon on the top right corner of the slide on screen to indicate the page number.
Due to the overall size of the PowerPoint file, the CPD presentation has been divided into two separate presentations for website publication. In part 1 of the presentation, teachers explored the theme of integrated teaching and learning. They were also introduced to the control prototype resource.
In part 2 of the CPD presentation, teachers considered themes such as using reflection to support learning and incremental teaching and learning. They explored the Junior Cycle Applied Technology Guidelines for Classroom-Based Assessments with a focus on CBA 2. Teachers also considered opportunities for best communicating learning in different formats
During their CPD day, teachers engaged in practical activities using a control prototype resource. This teaching and learning resource was developed by the Applied Technology team in response to the needs of teachers and students. The resource consists of an instructional booklet, a video that demonstrates the use of the resource and open-source CAD files to allow teachers to create their own class sets of the resource.
In the final part of their CPD day, teachers explored the use of digital software in documenting and communicating learning. While acknowledging that learning can be communicated in different forms including in written format, the purpose of this activity was for teachers to consider how students could digitally use Onshape, Yenka and TinkerCad to document and communicate learning in Applied Technology. These software packages focused on documenting and communicating information such as working drawings and electrical circuits. Beside these videos you will find a strategy that encourages students to develop research and communication skills in the context of electrical circuits. It encourages students to explore both primary and secondary research methods and to communicate learning using different mediums.