How we use Zoom for remote learning

Posted by Máistir Ó Beirn On May - 29 - 2020

This short video is a snapshot of how we used Zoom during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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From our experience over the past few weeks, here are some practical tips which may be helpful to other schools.

– Set up one recurring Zoom meeting for all sessions and have pupils register before joining. In this way, the same link and meeting ID works for all sessions. Having pupils register also means that the results from Zoom meeting polls are linked to each pupil in your class.

– Set up breakout rooms by class (boys/girls). Before most of our Zoom lessons pupils log in early so they can chat to each other privately in the group breakout rooms. Some also chat together after each lesson and it’s a great social aspect to the Zoom Education platform.

– At the start of each lesson click on the ‘Participants’ button and ask pupils to raise their virtual hand to make sure they all can hear you.

– Mute all microphones at the start of the lesson. Pupils can unmute their own microphones as required.

– Use the Chat feature for feedback and to check for understanding. This is useful on a number of levels:
1) everyone is engaged at the same time;
2) feedback is private so pupils don’t have to worry about being unsure of the answer;
3) the teacher can accurately assess who understands the particular concept and who doesn’t.

– Bring in a guest speaker. Almost every community has some friend or family members living abroad so there’s great excitement in interviewing them on Zoom.

– Sharing video can have mixed results depending on the quality of the pupils’ internet connection. Maybe, try podcasts instead. Get the children to write two or three questions in their copies as they listen. Have a Q & A session after every 10 minutes using the pupil questions to keep the lesson interactive. Check out Imagined Life and American Innovations

– In a multi-class setting, maths lessons are best held in individual class groups. All other subject lessons work fine in common.

– Team teaching on Zoom with the SEN teacher works great.

Zoom for Education

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Handball

Posted by Ms. Thomas On October - 17 - 2019

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We have had a great 6 weeks of handball here in Gortskehy, led by Tim Foley of Tourmakeady Handball Club.

Handball is an all inclusive sport, where anyone of any ability can play. It incorporates lots of our fundamental movement skills, such as catching, throwing, side stepping, running, balance and striking with the hand. It also enables children to develop other skills such as hand-eye coordination and concentration.

We were very lucky as we got to go to Ballinrobe Handball Alley to see a handball match. We also got to play in a 40×20 alley. It was a wonderful experience for the children to see a real alley and have the opportunity to play there.

We would like to thank Tim Foley for being so generous with his time over the past few weeks and giving the children the opportunity to try a new sport.

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Handball

Posted by Ms. Thomas On September - 6 - 2019

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We are off to very active start this year!

Handball has just started for 1st-6th class and we are really excited about developing our handball skills!  We would like to thank Tim Foley of Tourmakeady Handball Club for his time over the coming weeks.

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Senior Room School Tour 2019

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On June - 18 - 2019

Our senior room had a super day at Bay Sports Athlone today. It was a fun filled day from start to finish. The children took part in a range of activities including  bushcraft skills, pedal boating,pedal carting and fun on the inflatable water park. I think you can tell from the smiles the class thoroughly enjoyed the day.

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  1. This would be great for the Greencastle if the weather was good.

McCartan Cup & Heaney Shield

Posted by Ms. Donnellan On June - 7 - 2019

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Yesterday evening was very exciting for us  with our girls and boys teams winning the Heaney Shield and McCartan Cup titles in Hollymount. The mixed teams consisted of pupils from Gortskehy NS, Robeen NS, Lehinch NS & Cloghans Hill NS. We had two very energetic games and would like to say a very well done to Roundfort NS also. A special thanks to our trainers Brendan Murphy and Pat Hession and to all that came out to cheer us on yesterday. Well done everyone!

 

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  1. Henry Elaine Henry Elaine says:

    Well done. Congratulations

  2. Well done to you all, great games n win played by boys n girls