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Leanann teagasc agus foghlaim ar aghaidh sa scoil le tacaíocht ó Miocrosoft Teams teicneolaíocht atá na múinteoirí agus na daltaí an-eolach air. Ní hionann é agus an gnáththeagasc ar ndóighe ach mar sin féin tá sé measartha sásúil sa ghearrthéarma cibé.

We face into another new week of distance learning!

Teaching and learning continue but in a new format as we come to terms with our new restricted existence. Students are receiving regular work online from their teachers through Microsoft Teams. Resources uploaded include pictures, diagrams, videos, references and links to other sources and powerpoint presentations – some with voiceover commentary. Tasks and assignments are set and deadline dates agreed. Students submit work by email in the form of a Word document or a scanned image and this work is subsequently corrected. Students can interact with teachers using their school email addresses or their Team account.

Teachers have created a class group folder in Microsoft Teams for each class group they teach, and the teaching content and resources filter through this group or Team. Indeed,  many of our teachers have been using Microsoft Teams for quite a while as standard teaching practice and many of our students are very familiar with it as a result.  

On our last school day - Thursday week, our IT specialists in Coláiste Oiriall made presentations to all classes in all year groups about Teams to ensure they were comfortable with the technology. We have prepared the students for more independent learning but with very regular contact with their teachers. On that day also students were asked to take all their textbooks, workbooks, copies and notes home in order that they have all resources at their fingertips.

I should also point out that we are also very mindful that some of our students have poor broadband and poor internet connectivity depending on where they reside and therefore find it very difficult to participate in the Distance Learning. Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine!