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Remote Learning - Office 365 Education and Minecraft

Dear Educator,

As COVID-19 concerns have prompted school closures, many educators are turning to remote learning to keep students engaged.  To help teachers and students stay connected to the classroom, Minecraft: Education Edition is now available through June 2020 for all educators and learners who have a valid Office 365 Education account.

Please fill out this form to verify your account and request access to Minecraft.

Here’s how to setup Minecraft: Education Edition for your device or school:

  • First, check here to see if your school account is eligible.
  • If you have a valid O365 EDU account, fill out this form to request access to Minecraft: Education Edition through June 2020.
  • Download Minecraft: Education Edition for Windows, Mac or iPad.

If you do not have a valid O365 EDU account, you can still download and try a free demo lesson on Windows, Mac or iPad. Check for news on other free Minecraft learning opportunities here and learn about device eligibility here.

Explore free lessons, online teacher training, and creative remote learning projects for Minecraft: Education Edition:

  • Explore lessons in math, science, language arts, history and more in the remote learning toolkit, such as modeling plant and animal cells, building historical monuments and using coding to design a garden.
  • Begin your Minecraft journey with this free online course for educators on the Microsoft Education Community (MEC) and check out this Starter Guide for tips on getting started with Minecraft in your school.
  • If you’re looking for fun, engaging creative activities to engage your students, check out the Minecraft build challenges which range from STEM to art and storytelling.
  • Learn how to use different features for game setup, assessment and classroom management with this YouTube video playlist.
You can also read about how other Microsoft Education teams are supporting students and educators, including free online classrooms in Teams and resources for schools and families to stay connected and share stories via Flipgrid.
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Office 365 Education gives you a free online version of Office with email, video conferencing, customized hub for class teamwork with Microsoft Teams, compliance tools, and information protection.

If you have a Microsoft School 3 or Open Value Subscription for Education Solutions (OVS-ES) agreement with a qualifying product, you can add the Office 365 Professional Plus for Faculty for free giving your teachers and staff access to install the Office products on up to 5 of their devices.

If you have not signed up your school to Office 365 Education then please follow this link and select the "Get started for free".

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New round of Creative Clusters 2020/2021 - Applications Open

Dear All,

We are pleased to announce that the application process is now open for a new round of Creative Clusters.

Creative Clusters is a pilot initiative of the Department of Education and Skills, led by and in partnership with the 21 full-time Teacher Education Centres (Education Support Centres Ireland - ESCI) and funded through the Schools Excellence Fund – Creative Clusters Initiative.

Please click the following link for more information and see the Guidelines and Application form attached.


  • Schools can apply as part of a cluster which may be an existing network of schools.
  • A school nearing the end of year 2 of an existing Creative Cluster can reapply to be in a new cluster where the other schools in the new cluster have not participated before.
  • Schools nearing the end of 2 years with Creative Schools are eligible to apply.
  • Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre will have a key role in identifying and supporting a Creative Cluster for our area.
  • A total of 21 Creative Clusters will be selected nationally - One successful Creative Cluster per Education Centre.

Applications should be sent to Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 03 April 2020.

Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre will inform the successful cluster. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.

Criteria for selection of applicants:

Creative Cluster applications will be assessed and scored against the following criteria:

  • The rationale for the application
  • Benefits to teaching and learning
  • Capacity and commitment of all the schools in the cluster to participate
  • Children and Young Peoples Voice


Dear All,

In line with the Taoiseach's Press Conference and the resulting of school closures, Carrick on Shannon Education Centre's Annual General Meeting 2020 will be POSTPONED until further notice.

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We will notify all schools when the AGM has been rescheduled. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause!

Important Notice Re Covit19 arrangements

In line with the Taoiseach's public anouncement and the resulting school closures from 6pm today, all events being held at Carrick on Shannon Education Centre will be postponed up to and including March 29th 2020.

We will do our very best to reschedule all events and will notify you in due course. Keep safe everyone!



Marymount, Carrick-on-Shannon
Co. Leitrim, Rep. of Ireland

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