Design & Communication Graphics (DCG)

This section of the site is currently under construction.  Further resources may be accessed via the T4 website.

 

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Important notice - December 2016

 

PDST has recently been made aware that material published on a number of sites in relation to the 2017 Design and Communication Graphics Student Assignment could be in contravention of examination regulations.

 

The Chief Examiner for Design and Communication Graphics has asked us to draw candidate attention to the regulations governing the submission of coursework, as published in the Instructions to Candidates document which was issued to schools in September.  That document states that:

 

  • The coursework submitted for assessment must be your own individual work and must be completed in school under the supervision of the class teacher.
  • Research material copied directly from the Internet or from other sources and presented as your own work will not receive marks.

 

Specific information in relation to the assignment is available here.


 

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New Computers & CAD software for DCG Rooms

 


 

Minister for Education and Skills announces €7m in grants to 450 post-primary schools to support implementation of DCG programme.

 

Announcing the grants, Minister O’Sullivan said: “My Department recognises the importance of DCG as it directly contributes to the key skills required in Ireland’s knowledge-based economy. It incorporates principles of science, materials, manufacture, design, technology and information technology”.

 

Following a public procurement competition, a contract for CAD Software for Schools was awarded to Solid Solutions Ireland, the national reseller of Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation 3D Software, SOLIDWORKS, for the next six years. The Department of Education and Skills (DES) purchased this software directly following a procurement process involving representatives from the DES and various partner bodies. “SOLIDWORKS is a worldwide industry leader in parametric CAD software and today’s announcement will ensure that Irish students will remain at the cutting edge of design technology.” The drawdown facility for computers has been put in place by the procurement committee with the support of the Office of Government Procurement. The computers are specially customised and tested to meet the demands of running SOLIDWORKS in a classroom environment. Fujitsu Ireland, with its partners Smart Schools and Total Import Solutions, are supplying the Desktop computers. The Notebook Computers are being supplied by PC Peripherals. 

 

The Minister said: “DCG continues to grow in schools. In 2012, 5,319 candidates sat the Leaving Certificate Examination, with the predicted 2015 figure standing at 5,705. The allocated funding has been increased accordingly and will ensure that this important subject continues to go from strength to strength. Letters are being issued to schools detailing the amount of money being allocated.

 

A professional development programme for the new CAD software is currently being formulated by the Professional Development Service for Teachers for autumn 2015, and details will be sent to schools. The first phase of support will involve online tutorials and supporting web resources. Phase two will include national workshops. 

 

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A guide to the Student Assignment  (back in print)

 

This booklet offers 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 by clicking on the following link and the booklets will be delivered to your school.   

 

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George Boole (1815 - 1864)

 

November 2nd 2015 is the 200th anniversary year of  George Boole’s birthday.

Cork Education Support Centre on behalf of  ATECI, in conjunction with UCC  and with the help of NAPD, IPPN,PDST, IOP and with generous support from EMC are planning to have every school student in the country doing a lesson based on the work of George Boole on that day.

If you have ideas or suggestions about how you might like to celebrate the centenary in your school or region please email Ruairí Ó Céilleachair at boole200project@gmail.com

 

 

 


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              Limerick Education Centre

Email Address: t4@pdst.ie

Phone: 061  58060