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PDST Lab-Days and Workshops: Booking now open...


Booking is now open for series of PDST events that will take place during March. There are three Lab-days, based in Dublin , Cork and Galway as well as regional evening workshops on Electricity and Magnetism. The booking page is here (though you have to be registered with the PDST website first, to access the booking page)


The Lab-Days are designed to help us all make the most of what facilities we have, to let students become involved in practical work. They are designed to be particularly useful to anybody new to the teaching of Leaving Cert Physics, whether that is because they are in the early years of their teaching career or because they find themselves with a Physics class after many years of teaching other subjects.


The days involve a look at practical demonstrations that can help students understand more fully the material on the syllabus, as well as an in-depth look at all of the LC Mandatory Experiments. Offering an opportunity to talk about the various ways those experiments can be carried out and a chance to figure out how to best to manage that practical work in your own school setting.


Also included will be a one-hour introductory session on the use of the Virtual Physics Lab, an online suite of close to 400 simulations that can back up the practical work carried out in the lab, and which will allow those attending to download (for free) the full programme for use in their schools.


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The workshops are 2 hour evening events, hosted by regional education centres. They will include a chance to have an in-depth look at the electricity and magnetism section of the Leaving Cert syllabus. Each workshop will have a number of useful demonstrations set up for the evening which help support students learning on that material, as well as a look back on what has been expected of students in Leaving Cert exams over recent years.


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