T4 - DCG CAD Computers for Post-Primary Schools

Modifying the Serial Numbers of the Pre-Installed SolidWorks Software.

The computers have SOLIDWORKS Software preinstalled, but the installation will need to be modified to use the schools’ serial number. The computers come preloaded with SOLIDWORKS, and with a temporary serial number. If this number is not updated SOLIDWORKS will stop working after a few days.

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T4 - DCG CAD Computers for Post-Primary Schools

The order process is now in place for the supply of DCG Mini-Towers and Laptop computers, and both suppliers are ready to accept orders.
There is a separate Order Form and NAGSF form (links below) for each supplier.

The order form includes all relevant details, options and pricing to place orders.

The two suppliers are:

-          Datapac (with a HP Mini-Tower) won the tender to supply DCG Mini-Towers.
-          Capita (with a Dell Laptop) won the tender to supply DCG Laptops.

Summary Costs:
-          Mini-Tower Cost: €978.96 (Including 21.5 Inch monitor, and including VAT).
-          Laptop Cost: €1,177.59 (Including VAT).

Order Forms, Notification to Activate Goods and Services (NAGSF) Forms:
Click on links to load required Order and NAGSF Forms for each supplier.
The relevant order forms should be completed and emailed to the supplier.
As this is a new contract a completed NAGSF form will need to be completed and sent to the relevant supplier.
Once orders are received suppliers can advise on lead times to deliver units.

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Distance Learning

To support teaching and learning through these difficult times we are providing content to promote distance learning (Click on Menu link at top).

As always the PDST t4 team are available and happy to assist teachers of the t4 subjects. You may contact us via the following emails:

Our colleagues in the PDST digtech team have already published a number of useful tutorials and resources that support distance learning. Click here to view the content... Arrow


Corona-virus - (Covid-19 Pandemic)

Note: All face-to-face CPD events scheduled between now and May 05 are postponed. We will continue to post updates as events evolve. As always the PDST t4 team are available and happy to assist teachers of the t4 subjects. You may contact us via the following emails:

Stay safe and If at all concerned about your health, contact your GP or the HSE helpline on 1850 24 1850.


PDST School Based Support for T4 Subjects

The PDST-T4 team are available to provide school-based support to teachers of Construction Studies, DCG, Engineering and Technology throughout 2019-2020. This support focuses on developing teaching, learning and assessment practices in the T4 subjects. Our advisors can support your school through a single, half-day school visit or through PDST’s new sustained support model.  It is advised to book early as in the case where we are oversubscribed, allocation will be on a first-come-first-served basis.


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A Guide to the Student Assignment

The booklet offers guidance to teachers and students on possible approaches to successfully complete the DCG Student Assignment.

Updated copy of booklet is now available to view, download or purchase.

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Construction Studies - Exploring Teaching, Learning & Assessment

Students of Construction Studies enjoy a rich & varied learning environment through the various activities that they engage with over a two year course of study. This booklet looks at the three parts of the syllabus and the three examination components.

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Completing the Engineering Project

These booklets offer guidance to both teachers & students on possible approaches to successfully completing the Engineering - Technology Project / Manufacture/Design.

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Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA)

Teachers and students can now complete the Certified SolidWorks Associate examinations for free in schools. Schools must initially register as test providers at to commence the process. There is a huge library of resource available on which will guide you through the CSWA.

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Events Calendar

Converting PDF to an editable document

Instructional video showing how to convert a pdf document to an editable worksheet. Check the "Distance Learning" menu for other online resources.


Upgrading from Win 7

The PDST Technology in Education have a short guideline available on upgrading computers from Win 7 to a supported Operating System, (Win 10 or Chrome OS).


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Construction Studies

New PowerPoint presentations "Towards nZEB for Dwellings 2020 and "A guide to managing experiment work" now added to list of available resources. Click on the "READ MORE" link.

T4 Newsletter

Click on the link below to access the first edition "Summer Newsletter 2018" of the T4 Online Newsletter.


Intermediate SolidWorks

Workshop booklet covering some of the intermediate level sketching tools and features available in SolidWorks 2017 while working through the modeling of parts for a Spatula.


Advanced SolidWorks

Resource notes from PDST 2017 Advanced SolidWorks CPD Workshop.


DCG Coursework

State Examination Commission (SEC) respond to queries regarding DCG Coursework Examination. .


Updated Room Layouts

Updated Room Layouts for Post Primary Schools are currently available in both CAD and PDF format from the DES website.


ICT for teaching & Learning

Example of a Flipped Learning approach in a Tech Graphics classroom..