While much of the population is working from home, there are also thousands of primary, secondary, and college students trying their best to study and learn remotely. The government has confirmed that schools and colleges will not reopen until September/October for the start of the new academic year. If you’re a student, parent or educator practicing remote learning, take a look at some of the resources below.
Universities & Colleges
Most of the main institutions are continuing to give lectures and seminars using online software, and many are currently exploring ways to host the upcoming exams and assessments online in the near future. Here’s the links to each of the main universities’ COVID–19 pages:
- Trinity College Dublin
- University College Dublin (UCD)
- Dublin City University (DCU)
- Technological University Dublin (TUD)
- Maynooth University
If you’re trying to do coursework remotely:
- Consult your college/university’s library. Through your account, you’ll be able to search through its database and access countless eBooks, periodicals and journals.
- JStor have made their platform freely accessible to help academics researching remotely at this time, while both Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press have also made eBook versions of their textbooks free to university students during the COVID–19 emergency. There’s no shortage of sources for your essays online!
- If you can’t find what you’re looking for online by yourself, reach out to your lecturers or subject librarians via phone or email. They may have a PDF of that article you’re looking for that they’re willing to share, or be able to advise on further sources to research.
Many schools are making use of platforms such as Google Classroom, OneNote, Edmodo or Microsoft Teams to facilitate remote teaching. All third year students are to be awarded certificates for the completion of the Junior Cycle. At present, Leaving Cert students will attend two weeks of school in July, ahead of the scheduled start of the exams on July 29th. If you’re studying for State exams, here’s some helpful online resources:
- Examinations.ie is the official website of the State Examinations Commission. Here, you can access all exam papers for both Leaving and Junior Cert along with marking schemes. Practicing papers in different subjects, and adhering to timing plans while doing so, is a great way to structure your revision at home!
- Edco’s Revise Wise books are available for free in eBook format online for the remainder of the year, along with copies of the company’s secondary-level textbooks. If you’ve previously purchased Edco exam papers, don’t forget to make use of e-xamit.ie, a site that features lots of sample answers that would make for good study aids.
- Check out iRevise, an online revision platform that’s giving free premium memberships to all students for one month.
- Create a DuoLingo account to work on your language skills. There are countless languages to choose from, including courses in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Irish and more! If you want extra help with your Irish, tune into Raidió na Life, Raidió na Gaelteachta, check out some podcasts as Gaeilge, watch or listen to the news in Irish, or maybe jump on a Zoom call to speak other languages with your friends!
Homeschooling primary-aged children can be a difficult task, especially with lots of parents working from home themselves. Here are some of the best resources to use:
- RTÉ Home School Hub has a live hour of primary school teaching on RTÉ2 every day at 11am. There’s also further on-demand lessons available via RTÉ Player, and online resources on rte.ie/learn.
- Child-friendly home workouts can be a great substitute for PE – The Body Coach (a.k.a Joe Wicks) is doing a live PE class on YouTube every week day at 9am for 30 minutes, it’s a great way to get the kids up and moving! There’s also shorter 5 minute videos you can do throughout the day to help burn off some excess energy.
- Twinkl is growing in popularity. This online learning database caters for all levels from Junior Infants all the way up to Sixth Class, and even offers learning modules for Gaeilscoileanna! There are over 500,000 resources available on the site covering every subject on the Irish primary school syllabus. Sign up and give it a go!
- Some Irish school book publishers, including Folens, CJ Fallon and Edco, are making eBook versions of their primary school texts for the rest of this academic year! If your child has forgotten to bring home a book, or you’re looking for extra resources, take a look.
- Don’t worry if you can’t keep your kids sitting at a desk doing written work all day! As they say, life is a classroom too. Getting them involved in cooking or baking can count as a home economics exercise, for example. They could also read a book, paint or draw, dance, sing, play/learn an instrument, or go for a walk outside in nature – the possibilities are endless!