Useful Resources during school closures

Dear Teachers,
Please see updated information below which may be useful. 

We are currently working on a Primary and Post Primary Padlet that you may find useful.  We will be adding to these over the coming weeks.  


 Nurture Ireland

Nurture Courses (bookings via Blackrock Education Centre) 
Nurture Principles into Practice: A whole school approach
Thursday 21st May, 2-3pm  Dedicated Irish Webinar
Participants will receive an audit tool and script from the webinar
Bookings: https://blackrockec.ie/cpd-courses-2/primary-courses/767-20lc-05-007-nurture-principles-into-practice-a-whole-school-approach.html

Top Tips for Assignment Completion 
Tuesday 9th June 2-3pm Dedicated Irish Webinar
Bookings: https://blackrockec.ie/cpd-courses-2/primary-courses/769-20lc-06-001-top-tips-for-nurture-theory-practice- assignment-completion.html

Nurture Support Groups for teachers and SNAs working in nurture settings, Tuesday 26th May
These Nurture Support Groups will be hosted by our Irish Nurture Team. There will be one for Primary Schools and one for Post Primary Schools. Please follow the links below to book:
Primary Tuesday 26th May 2-3pm https://blackrockec.ie/cpd-courses-2/primary-courses/774-20lc-05-011-primary-nurture-support-groups-for-teacher-and-sna-s-working-in-nurture-settings.html
Post Primary Tuesday 26th May 4-5pm https://blackrockec.ie/cpd-courses-2/post-primary-courses/775-20lc-05-012-post-primary-nurture-support-group-for-teachers-and-sna-s-working-in-nurture-settings.html





Mental Health eLearning Courses for Teachers 
@JigsawYMH in collaboration with @ESCItweets have developed a number of interactive online training courses for teachers about building mental health literacy and learning how to promote positive mental health in schools.  

The ‘Jigsaw Connect for Teachers’ Live Webinars are being delivered on Thursdays (4pm – 5pm each Thursday), in collaboration with ESCI. The live webinars, available to teachers who have signed up to the online eLearning Platform, are being hosted by Jigsaw Clinicians and include ESCI tutors on the panels for each. The dates & themes are as follows:

  • Thursday, 23rd April, 4pm – 5pm | Teacher-self-care for Post-Primary Teachers WATCH NOW
  • Thursday 30th April, 4pm – 5pm | Teacher Self-care for Primary Teachers WATCH NOW
  • Thursday 7th May, 4pm – 5pm | School connectedness – How are teachers currently maintaining school connections with students while being disconnected (during school closures) WATCH NOW
  • Thursday 14th May, 4pm – 5pm | Managing Student stress and anxiety - How can teachers support their students to cope with the stress and anxiety of ‘unknowns’ re exams in the midst of Covid-19. THIS LIVE WEBINAR IS NOW FULLY BOOKED. IT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW HERE AFTERWARDS


Heritage Council tutorials for primary school children

Videos to accompany the Raptor workbooks for County Clare primary school children

Zoom for Teachers (useful links)
  • Special Webinar: Zoom for Education - streamed live on 1st May 2020 - view here   
  • This is a template Acceptable Use Policy for Primary Schools that incorporates distance learning: download HERE
  • Outstanding Youtube tutorial videos on ZOOM, TEAMS, Google Classroom: view here
    ieducate.ie - This is the help centre for all of the schools in Ireland who have recently participated in the Webinar Series “Zoom for Education” hosted by IMS and the Education Centres of Irelandview here

Zoom for SNAs (UrAbility) 

#10DayVideoChallenge with Vidacademy 
This challenge is for you if you want to:
  • start creating or improving your video content
  • learn video tips
  • practice techniques
  • increase your confidence and 
  • be accountable to a group of like-minded people who all have the same goals. 

The 10 Day Video Challenge | The Vidacademy


A complete list of what to do — and not do — for everyone teaching kids at home during the coronavirus crisis

Great article by renowned educator Andy Hargreaves: READ HERE.  
Progress TV by Holy Family Ennis
Holy Family Ennis have their own Show called Progress TV!!! Teachers of @holyfamilyennis bring you into their homes to learn and have some fun. Well done, excellent work!!
Looking forward to episode 2 already! Check out Progress TV on YouTube HERE.
School Closure Parent Information Pack
Martin Moloney, Principal of Clarecastle NS has kindly shared the Covid19 School Closure Parent Information Pack - copy for your school HERE. Feel free to adapt this for your own school if you think it might be useful.  
Microsoft Teams 
View this very useful webpage with guides to using Microsoft Teams Online - view here
IT Skills for Teachers
Short tutorials on Distance Teaching Skills for all teachers
John Gavin has produced short tutorials on practical, effective and time-saving ICT skills for educators.  These skills will be particularly useful to teachers for facilitating distance teaching.  Access the tutorials on www.teachertechnology.com.  Clare Education Centre will be organising follow up webinars in the coming weeks.
Tutorial on Screencastify
Michelle O’Loughlin is a SEN Teacher in Feakle NS and she has kindly made a very useful video for Primary School Teachers. 
  • Using Screencastify -
Setting up Padlet for Teachers
To support teachers in their online engagement with pupils, Ann Daly, Primary Teacher, has created a short video demonstration on setting up the distance learning tool Padlet for teachers. CLICK HERE FOR DEMO 
Mary Immaculate College Educational Resources
CLICK HERE for a selection of online educational resources and interesting articles, many of which were recommended by MIC staff. 
Advice and resources to support language teachers in response to the coronavirus outbreak
View Google Document compiled by Joe Dale (@joedale) HERE
COVID-19 Distance Teaching Ideas - A shared resource pack for teachers for primary school pupils
This document has been designed for Irish primary school teachers and principals to share any ideas that might be useful over the coming weeks for online learning. It is designed to be a live document which can be updated by anyone. It is divided into a number of sections to make it easy for others to find what they are looking for.  Make a copy for your school here - https://bit.ly/3bes1xo
Resources for Schools (Department of Education and Skills Website)
  1. Supports to schools and teachers engaged in distance learning
  2. NEPS Advice & Resources for keeping Children and Young People well during Covid-19
  3. Continuity of guidance counselling provision
  4. Covid-19 Information poster
  5. "Cover your cough and sneeze" posters 
  6. Coronavirus hygiene poster
  7. Link to updated guidance from HSE
  8. Chief Medical Officer advice to parents and schools
  9. Department circulars and statements
  10. Travel Advice

Midday Moment
The Education Centre Network ESCI (@ESCItweets) with Breathing Space Ireland (@BSpaceIreland) would like to continue to support teachers during this difficult time.  Follow our social media to join us each weekday for our ‘Midday Moment’. 

Active School Flag 
Over 100 ideas and resources in this Active Home Week Padlet - https://padlet.com/ballygiblinmarieh/dfyblac77krpg99b.  Thanks to Ballygiblin National School.

Infant Support Group

Useful Resources for Infant Class Teachers
The Clare Education Centre Infant Teacher Support Group met via Zoom on the 1st of April 2020, they came up with a list of very useful resources for Infant Class Teachers .  View these resources HERE.  Some other fun ideas for Infant Classes available HERE.  
Teach your Monster to Read
This has Literacy games for Infant level.  It is free when the child uses it on a PC but if you need to download the App the parent pays 4.39.  Class teacher can monitor the child's activities.  https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ 
How to Make Play Dough - Easy No Cook Recipe! Great for making playdough - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAIAm6BF0fs - 




IrishHomework.ie are offering FREE For DISTANCE LEARNING During COVID-19.  IrishHomework.ie is Primary Language Curriculum (2019) Stage 3 and 4 ready for Irish in English medium schools.  "The main purpose of the Irish curriculum is the development of the natural use of the spoken language in communication." Inspectorate Evaluation Studies - Irish in the Primary School. (Department of Education and Skills) 

TED-Ed at Home
Home Schooling Help
It's easy to find really useful online links to help with homework in one place!  Family Learning staff in Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board's Further Education and Training Division have created a stress-free way for parents to find useful online resources.  http://www.clarefamilylearning.org has links to a huge number of good quality online websites to help parents cope with home schooling and ways to keep children busy.  These are divided into a variety of age groups: early years, primary school, second level children as well as some websites for parents themselves to enjoy. 
PDST on Reading at Home Article in the Irish Independent
Read this 'Homeschooling tips for parents: How to make the most out of reading time' Article HERE.  


PDST Leadership 
The post primary @PDST_leadership team has created a suite of supports for school leaders at this time - pdst.ie/postprimary/le.  
The @pdst_leadership primary team has created a suite of supports/resources for school leaders at this time - pdst.ie/leadership.




eTwinning Support for Irish teachers (one primary, one post-primary) called 'In This Together'. 

The projects have been populated with some eTwinning information and some useful digital resources and discussion threads. They are designed in such a way that they can be used as a repository of information or as a collaborative space for teachers to network and share ideas. At a minimum, these projects would be a good way to get to know the eTwinning Twinspace. These Projects will be constantly updated according to the needs and requests of the project members. If you would like to join the project, please email Caoimhe on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and school level.

View Primary In This Together Project HERE

View Post Primary In This Together Project HERE



Middletown Centre Webinar Series March - April 2020

In order to provide support during the suspension of our face to face delivery Middletown is offering a series of twice weekly live webinars (with a week's break for Easter). These sessions will feature members of our own multi-disciplinary team and international speakers on a series of themes.  Please click on the link beside each name to read more about the session and register to attend a live session. Please note the live sessions will hold a maximum of 100 attendees but they will be posted on social media and on the Centre’s website so no-one will miss out on these valuable learning opportunities.  Visit https://www.middletownautism.com/ for more information.  

Seesaw is a digital portfolio tool which allows pupils to store their work in an online space and gain feedback from their teacher. It can be used on a computer (PC) or tablet. It effectively enables teachers to set tasks or assignments and include instructions or templates for students to use at home. There is also an extensive bank of ready made activities in Seesaw which teachers can use as they are or they can be edited.  Seesaw are holding daily webinars for schools to help them establish Seesaw for Home Learning during Covid19.  For more information on these webinars CLICK HERE.

National Parents Council (Primary)
Over the next few weeks, the National Parents Council will be publishing a daily edition of useful information, tips and fun activities on their website for parents of Early Years and Primary School children.
Class DoJo
ClassDojo is a school communication platform that teachers, students, and families use every day to build close-knit communities by sharing what’s being learned in the classroom home through photos, videos, and messages.  Visit www.classdojo.com.
Camera in Education 
Camara Ireland/ Google - Online Google for Education Support
Online Google for Education Support Camara have scheduled nine open sessions for teachers on for the coming week. REGISTER HERE
Camara Education Ireland will be hosting a weekly challenge for the next couple of weeks for students in both primary or secondary school. This week it's based on Computer Science, specifically Coding, and you can find out all the information by clicking HERE.


Accelerated Reader
Schools may be closed, but reading doesn’t have to stop.  To help support teachers, students and parents Accelerated Reader are offering access to thousands of enhanced digital books through myON and articles from myON News.  Access books HERE
National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE)
To provide support for the English teaching community, NATE have made available a range of NATE teaching resources and publications to support you (and your students) during this challenging time. They have also provided a comprehensive list of websites that provide free resources, essential reading and enrichment opportunities. Visit www.nate.org.uk .
National Council for Special Education (NCSE)
In addition to the normal supports, the NCSE are providing online resources for children with Special Educational Needs who are at home as a result of the schools’ closure. These can be accessed at www.ncse.ie.  
NCSE weekly themes
The NCSE are developing weekly themes to support home learning. This week’s theme is gardening – click on the link to see gardening resources ncse.ie/theme-of-the-w
NCSE - Booklets
Promoting Learning and Behaviour at home in a series of supports to promote learning and behaviour at home. This resources aims to develop an understanding of behaviours of concern. 
5th of 7 booklets - 
6th of 7 booklets - 
7th of 7 booklets - 
Mental Health supports and services during COVID-19​ - HSE Online Mental Health Resources
This link includes HSE approved and supported online mental health programmes, apps, groups, and articles specifically related to protecting your mental health during the Coronavirus - CLICK HERE.  

Spunout is a website which is part HSE supported – it has lots of articles on managing anxiety re COVID 19 etc. www.spunout.ie

Mindfulness Resources
These organisations are offering free Mindulness courses online:

Health and Safety Authority (HSA) Choose Safety Programme

The Choose Safety Programme is a free programme available to post-primary schools and colleges of Further Education. It introduces senior cycle students/students in further education to the principles of workplace safety and health.   The school pack consists of a student workbook, and a teacher text.  Irish language versions are also available of both the student workbook and teacher text.   See more information HERE


National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)

The Department of Education and Skills’ NEPS psychologists have developed advice and some resources for young people to manage and stay well when schools are closed. 

NEPS psychologists have developed guidance for parents supporting children to create new routines at home.  Having a Plan for the Day is key for children/young people to manage and stay well at this time.

NEPS psychologists have developed advice for parents and schools on talking to children and young people about Covid-19 here.


EPIC for Kids
EPIC for Kids are are offering FREE worldwide Remote Student Access to Epic through the end of the school year (June 30th, 2020), by teacher invitation. Families only need an invitation from their teacher.  Find out more on their webiste - www.getepic.com.


Online Creative Writing Pack for Primary Schools
Deirbhile Graham, TAP artist (www.writewordseditorial.ie) has put together the attached creative writing pack for parents and teachers of primary school children. They are provided in Word and PDF formats attached.


Google Teach From Home Hub
Google have created a temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus crisis. Visit g.co/teachfromhome for the most up to date information.  Join the #teachfromhome discussion on Twitter.  


iRevise.com (formerly mocks.ie ) are giving premium memberships to all students for one month*, for free. Visit iRevise.com for more information.  

Technology in Education Newsletter - April 2020/Nuachtlitir maidir le Teicneolaíocht san Oideachas - Aibreán 2020
The PDST Technology in Education Newsletter aims to provide ICT news and information to Principals, ICT coordinating teachers, teachers and all those involved in education.  CLICK HERE to view April's Newsletter. 
The PDST Technology in Education Team have collated a PDST Distance Learning Page at https://www.pdst.ie/DistanceLearning.  
PDST will be providing updates on Twitter @PDST_TechinEd, or you can contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


Creative Clusters Applications Update
Owing to the current Covid-19 crisis, the deadline for Creative Clusters applications has now been extended to the 15th May 2020.  Please find all information HERE

See Report attached from Mary Immaculate College on STEM Policy and Implementation in Ireland which has been collated as part of the STEAMING Erasmus+ Project.  The STEAMING Erasmus+ Project is a three year project about engaging students in the creation of their own STEAM learning.  The project is a Research and Development programme in STEAM education and training. STEAM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.   

Parteen NS 
Parteen NS have shared a fabulous Padlet with over 400 educational websites and activities organised from Juniors Infants to 6th Class.  View this Padlet HERE.  

Clare Library
The Clare Library service is helping people to join their service online, even though libraries are closed due to the Coronavirus.  Libraries throughout Ireland have relaxed the joining process, meaning people can join the library on www.clarelibrary.ie and then not have to finalise their applications in person as is usually the case.  Once a person signs up, they will be able to borrow free eBooks and eAudiobooks straight away.  

DES Resources
The Department of Education and Skills has a dedicated website page in place providing the most up to date and relevant information for educational settings. Amongst other resources, there you can find guidance on 'talking to children and young people about Covid-19', 'supports to schools and teachers engaged in distance learning' and a lot more... DES Covid-19 supports found HERE.    

Clare Education Centre Twitter
Follow us on Twitter @ClareEdCentre where we will be sharing all useful resources, links, information etc. regularly.   

Chess for school children - Moves for Life 
Moves for Life have made some chess projects for school kids.  Includes an off-line craft project, where to go to play against other kids and a puzzle competition.  Check out their website (www.movesforlife.ie) and document attached. 

Now might be the time to have a look at the collection of resources, ideas and suggestions on Scoilnet - www.scoilnet.ie
Scoilnet Post Primary Twitter Feed - @ScoilnetPPrim
Scoilnet Primary Twitter Feed - 

New to online learning? 
If you are new to online learning, here is practical advice for engaging students in online learning in addition to tools to help you teach in and out of the classroom: CLICK HERE to see Danny's E-Learning Survival Guide. 

If you are on Twitter follow #edshareie for great advice, suggestions and support for all school sectors.  

COVID-19 Distance Teaching Pack
Simon Lewis has created a collaborative Google Doc to collate various resources being offered by teachers, various agencies and companies: CLICK HERE
Simon has also shared a Home Learning document of 20 things that can be done at home for learning. You can access it HERE.

FREE Amazing Educational Resources
A list of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to school closures can be found HERE.  
Join the "Amazing Educational Resources" Facebook group for more Resources HERE.

Don’t forget our Clare Education Centre Write-a-Book Project to encourage budding author and illustrator skills.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.  

Google Distance Learning
With school closures, teachers can keep their lessons going remotely and keep students engaged while they’re at home.  CLICK HERE to view this blog on Google for Education.  This article discusses the use of Google Hangouts, where an entire class can join a lesson simultaneously, having discussions in Google Classroom, using comments in Google Docs, posting quizzes in Google Forms and assign project based learning in Google Slide or Sites.  

Microsoft Teams
Get started with Microsoft Teams for remote learning HERE.  This is a collection of articles and online courses in using Microsoft Class Teams.

Coding Ireland have made all of their coding projects free to use. They have lessons and projects from 1st to 6th classes with step-by-step instructions. Check the website www.codingireland.ie.

There are over 200 Scratch projects for free HERE.

Code Club
Code Club is a global network of free coding clubs
for 9- to 13-year-olds.  Visit website HERE.  


Science and Technology
'Science Journal' by Google is pretty good fun too for science based experiments. It uses the sensors in your phone (accelerometer, direction movement, barometer, measuring light, etc ) and the data can be exported to Excel.  Just look for 'science journal app experiments' on YouTube.  Sensors can be linked to a sound so that you can use it as an instrument.... Link to 'OK Go Sandbox - Sensor Sounds Pt. 1 - Introduction' HERE.  

Kind regards,
Clare Education Centre Staff

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