T4 - An Integrated Approach — House Re-Design

This evening workshop will examine an Integrated Approach to teaching and learning in Construction Studies, and will explore:

  • The redesign of the plan layout of a dwelling to enable students to understand how the built environment can be used to enhance the living experience of the occupants.
  • Making a model of the house extension to support the student’s visualisation, communication, and further development of ideas for the project.
  • Assessment of the design decisions made—using the lenses of sustainability, ease of access, adherence to nZEB Building Regulations, and biophilia in order to support development of  students’ critical-thinking skills

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T4 - DCG CAD Computers for Post-Primary Schools

PDST Technology in Education are currently finalising the outcome of a recent tender process for PCs and Notebooks to run SolidWorks for DCG in Post Primary schools. When purchased from approved suppliers Solidworks software will already be installed on computers. More details are expected to available in the coming weeks after contracts have been finalised. If you would like to receive an email when further details are available, including computer specifications and the approved suppliers, please email

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T4 - Advanced Control Workshop

This workshop focuses on control technology in the t4 subjects at LC and on the use of sensors, motors and wireless control. The workshop will be hands on, focused on project-based learning and will be particularly relevant to Engineering and Technology teachers. As part of activities we will consider connections with JC Coding and LC Computer Science.

The workshop is aimed at Technology & Engineering teachers,wishing to attend a hands-on, project-based workshop, exploring control technology and computational thinking in the Technology Subjects.

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T4 - Engineering Technology Winter/Spring 2020 Workshop

Integrating Digital Technologies with Engineering Practical Work

This workshop will explore ways to integrate digital technologies into teaching, learning and assessment in the Engineering Workshop and will explore

  • using layers in SOLIDWORKS Drawings to understand how to mark out components.
  • making short .avi files in SOLIDWORKS and other resources to support student understanding.
  • using Parts, Assemblies and Augmented Reality in SOLIDWORKS  to support student interpretation of working drawings, visuospatial skills and understanding of mechanical assemblies.

The workshop is aimed at all Engineering, Technology and Practical Teachers.

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T4 - Advanced SolidWorks Workshop

This full day (5 hour) workshop focused on exploring some of the advanced modeling features in SolidWorks.  The DCG student assignment demands the exploration of the use of SolidWorks software in order to make use of economy of design. The various features best suited to drawing a particular part of a product must be identified and examined.  SolidWorks features such as Surfaces, Splines, Indent, Deform, Flex, In-context Modeling and many more were explored.

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PDST T4 Teacher Survey

As part of ongoing support for teachers of T4 subjects, the PDST T4 team would like to obtain teachers' views on the current support programme and areas where teachers require ongoing support. To this end, please click on the link below to complete a short survey for all T4 teachers to fill out.  The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.  We would also appreciate it if you could forward this survey link to other relevant teachers on the staff.

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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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Updrading 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. .


CAD Computer Specifications

Details of the Computer specifications for CAD Computers available through the DES 2015 hardware grant for schools for use in DCG can be found under the CAD & SolidWorks link on the left of the screen.


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 i a Tech Graphics classroom..