We would like to bring to your attention a large number of FREE online interactive courses and skills training resources now available via the internet on www.alison.com. These courses and resources will be of interest to you, your teachers, your students and your school management.
Firstly, I would like to bring your attention to a free course available online titled ‘Managing Safety and Health in Schools’.
|Managing Safety and Health in Schools
School principals, managers and teachers should know about health and safety when engaged in work or as future members of the workforce. This short course introduces the management of school safety and health. Health and safety in the workplace or school is the responsibility of everyone - managers, teachers, employees, and the students. This free online course covers, in a general way, various health and safety regulations.
Secondly, we would like to introduce you to other free courses available from ALISON. Over 200 courses are available on alison.com and many secondary school students have found our school curriculum courses to be of assistance in complementing their school learning. Of particular interest may be the ALISON ABC IT course, a high quality interactive IT Skills training course - containing Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook and Internet modules. ABC-IT is already very popular in Irish Schools and is regarded as an equivalent to ECDL. The Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum which is also available via ALISON is also proving very popular in schools. With 200 courses to choose from, there truly is a course for everybody. Please see the full list of courses in the appendix below.
Thirdly, the ALISON Manager feature which enables teachers to ‘manage’ their class online is now available. This enables teachers to easily and effectively oversee, manage and report on the online learning of their class. The ALISON Manager feature is free for HSA courses, for other courses there is a nominal fee and an additional facility which allows the issuance of certificates for students who successfully complete courses.
The following testimonial from Portmarnock Community School describes their experience of using ALISON:
“Portmarnock Community School is in its third year of using ALISON to provide online interactive IT skills training to our students and have found it an excellent resource for delivering up to date training in ICT and other subject areas such as Business and enterprise. The advantages of the site are multiple
· The use of the resources minimizes the impact of the resource on the school budget
· Students are able to complete the courses at their own pace and redo tests or modules if they have failed or missed them without extra cost
· Students can catch up on classes missed due to extra curricular activities at home if required as the resource is available online at all times once students are registered
· Teachers can monitor and assess student progress through the management and group facility - invaluable for record keeping and awarding of credits.
· The resource has a range of courses available which can be part of school programs such as web development or use of multi media
· Customer service by the ALISON team is excellent and the site/resource has altered and changed in response to teacher requests and suggestions
The school has found ALISON to be an all round excellent resource which has solved completely many of the previous problems experienced by the school in attempting to deliver high quality ICT training which is appropriate both for the students and the school. I would strongly recommend use of the ALISON resource to any school interested in delivering high quality ICT programmes for their students.”
|The services provided by ALISON were recognised by prestigious global organisations through 2010. In September, we were recognized as an Ashoka Fellow for social entrepreneurial contributions to education. In December 2010, ALISON was awarded a Diploma as runner-up in the highly prestigious global UNESCO ICT innovation in Education prize.|
We invite you and your colleagues to avail of these resources.
Finally, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this information and we hope that you find these courses and resources of interest and of benefit.
Microsoft - Other Languages
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Other English Grammar & Writing
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