New pilot study in schools to run the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CWSA) training and exaination

Solid Solutions Ireland are currently in the process of providing T4 Post Primary schools with the option to become an academic certification provider. This would allow teachers and their students to participate in the online SolidWorks Essentials course and sit the CWSA exam. Successful teachers and students would be awarded certification as a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CWSA).

As a SOLIDWORKS Academic Certification Provider, schools would agree to offer the CSWA-Academic Exam in a proctored environment. Students passing the CSWA-Academic Exam would receive an electronic certificate listing their certification ID and educational institution name. The certification ID can be verified by schools and employers.

PDST and Solid Solutions Ireland are now looking for expressions of interest from a number of schools to take part in a pilot study of the CWSA training and exam during the 2016-2017 academic year. If your school would like to take part in the pilot please complete the application form below:

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Is the SSD drive of your Fujitsu W530 DCG Workstation running out of space?

Some school are reporting issues with the SSD Drive running out of space. Follow the link below to access guidelines provided by Smartschools on how to manage the space available more effectively and keep your computer running at optimum speed.

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Guide to the Student Assignment

An updated version of “A Guide to the Student Assignment” (Design and Communication Graphics) is now available to purchase or download.  The purpose of this document is to offer guidance to both teachers and students on possible approaches to successfully completing the DCG Student Assignment by drawing on the knowledge, experience and wisdom gained from the development of the student assignment to date.  Printed booklets may now be ordered from the PDST and delivered to your school.

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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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Limerick Institute of Technology hosted 2 day event on the FESTO Meclab Stacking
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New JC & LC Technology Books

Golden Key Publishers, who published “Technology for Leaving Certificate” in 2015 have informed us that “Technology for Junior Certificate” by Paul Enright will be available in August 2016 .


ICT for teaching & Learning

Example of a flipped learning approach in a Tech Graphics class.