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Dear Teacher,

Following on from the success of our recent webinar, we’re responding to requests for more support in relation to online teaching and learning. In that context, we have produced this ezine highlighting some of the latest research.
  • This study focuses on Post-primary Student Perspectives on Teaching and Learning during Covid-19 School Closures. One of the authors of the research has helpfully summarised the findings of the research into five helpful tips:

    1. Prioritise student & staff wellbeing: Connection before content, check-in with students and colleagues.
    2. Whole-school approach: Schools who used a whole school approach had more engagement from students and more collaboration among teachers.
    3. Social interaction: Peer feedback, group projects and the types of collaboration that we incorporate every day in the classroom can still be adapted for online learning. Be creative and take risks.
    4. Teacher feedback: Teacher feedback means the world to students. It helps them to improve, motivates them to keep up engagement and strengthens student/ teacher relationships.
    5. Live or recorded lessons: Use live or recorded lessons to maintain high student engagement and to keep social contact.

      Learnovate, a research and innovation centre based at Trinity College Dublin, has compiled a three-part guide for post-primary teachers to support them when preparing for online and blended teaching and learning.
  • Please click here to access the findings of independent research into the impact of the pandemic on science teaching and learning in Irish primary and post-primary schools. In this study teachers describe the challenges and positives faced when teaching, learning and facilitating practical activities during COVID-19 school closures. As part of Phase II of the research, which focuses on the period September to December 2020, a second survey has recently been distributed to all primary and post primary schools. Click here for a link to the Phase II survey.
  • This national study focuses on principals as managers and leaders of school communities and the provision of digital education at Irish primary level during the lockdown. Section 4.4, entitled Online Teaching Adoption, and Section 5.4, Drivers of Online Learning Effectiveness, are particularly relevant to the theme of this ezine.
  • This ERSI study focuses on the Implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic for Policy in relation to Children and Young Children. Section 3.2.5 in relation to Home-school links summarises recent research on the experience of online teaching and learning in Ireland and internationally. The Executive Summary can be found here.
We hope you find the findings of these studies both insightful and relevant.
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The Teaching Council provides all registered teachers with free access to an online library of journals and eBooks. To access the online library, you should login via the link here, using the username and password which you use to view your registration details. You then click on the red box ‘Access to Education Journals’.

All articles and eBooks referenced are freely available to registered teachers via our online library, and links to the full text have been included.
Teaching Children Online: A Conversation-based Approach by Dr Carla Meskill and Natasha Anthony
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Creativity & Critique in Online Learning: Exploring and Examining Innovations in Online Pedagogy by Jacqueline Baxter; George Callaghan and Jean McAvoy
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The Four Commonplaces: Teaching and Learning in the time of Covid by Lea Bertacco (Modern English Teacher, Jul2020, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p16-20, 5p)
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Teaching, Learning and Caring in the Post-Covid Era by Barnett Berry
(Phi Delta Kappan, Sep2020, Vol. 102 Issue 1, p14-17, 4p)
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