CSinc Professional Development

To compliment the CSinc outreach camps, the team also deliver Professional Development (PD), to help teachers to build confidence and to continue to build upon and deliver computer science subjects (formal and informal) within their schools.

The teacher professional development has been very successful, where the CSinc team delivered PD to ~800 teachers (some repeated sessions), with the demand to run multiple sessions around the country over the past two years. We travelled to several schools, where the school hosted the PD session, and also ran PD in four education centers. The demand is again growing with teachers/groups calling for additional sessions around the country, if you wish to host a PD session in your school as a group or cluster, please contact us.

The PD sessions vary in content, from introductory microbit (primary school and up), up to and including the leaving certificate computer science subject. Below you will find all of our formal sessions. We also run sessions in local schools (from Donegal to Cork), which will not be listed below, so contact us, if you are unable to attend some of the formal sessions, and we may be able to point you to some of our outreach PD sessions.
With the kind support of Microsoft Ireland, we invite you to attend any of our PD sessions!

Professional Development Resources

Many of these resources are from the NCCA for the Leaving Certificate Computer Science subject, where one of the CSinc team members was commissioned to develop them. We have also many other resources to share, contact us to enquire about the resources for Junior Cycle short course!
> NCCA: Leaving Certificate Computer Science Specification (Available here)

> NCCA: Leaving Certificate Computer Science Python Video Tutorials (Available here)

> NCCA: Leaving Certificate Computer Science Micro:bit Video Tutorials (ALT4) (Available here)

> NCCA: Leaving Certificate Computer Science ALT1 Interactive Information Systems Video Tutorials (Available here)

> Compsci.ie - an amazing collection of resources developed by the PDST and teachers alike (Available here)

2021-22 PD Sessions

(Note: Due to COVID-19 all PD sessions will be online and Free, where attendees will also have access to the recordings after the session - Click on any session to book)

Python - Inputs and Variables

12/10/2021 Virtual Venue: Donegal Education Center (6 - 8 pm)

This session covers input and variables in Python. We will cover fundamental operators, precedence, inputs, casting and special characters for displaying your results.

Python - Conditionals

26/10/2021 Virtual Venue: Sligo Education Center (6 - 8 pm)

This session covers conditional statements in Python. We will cover single conditional statements, else if’s and else, along with nested conditionals and additional boolean operators.

Introduction to the micro:bit

02/11/2021 Virtual Venue: Laois Education Center (7 - 8 pm)

This event covers the BBC micro:bit, and is a hands-on virtual course. The micro:bit is essentially a programmable computer. The micro:bit is designed by the BBC for use in computer education in the UK and around the world. The micro:bit aligns very well with primary school curricula, Junior Cycle short course and the new leaving certificate in computer science. This session is open to complete beginners, from primary to second level, for those who have never used the micro:bit before – essentially a getting started session.

Python - Loops

09/11/2021 Virtual Venue: Monaghan Education Center (6 - 8 pm)

This session covers Loops in Python. We will cover while loops and for loops, with a small subset on nested loops.

Python - Lists

23/11/2021 Virtual Venue: Tralee Education Center (6 - 8 pm)

This session covers Loops in Python. We will cover creating, appending, deleting, copying, indexing and display 1D lists, and if time permits an introduction to 2D lists.

Design and Make a micro:bit Satellite

30/11/2021 Virtual Venue: Kilkenny Education Center (6 - 8 pm)

This session is an introductory module, where little to no coding experience is needed. All you need is a micro:bit to gather your data, where software is provided to capture all 13 sensors worth of data, to store and examine! On completion of this module you are equipped to enter the CanSat challenge!

Analytics - Lists and Graphs

07/12/2021 Virtual Venue: Dublin West Education Center (6 - 8 pm)

This session covers an introduction to Analytics (ALT2) in Python. We will cover accessing data (CSV and Lists), pre-processing of data, analysis of data and visualisation of data using graphs.