100Mbps Broadband – What Next?

In these times of cutbacks, it was great to see that Ministers Quinn and Rabbitte are determined to implement the promise of 100Mbps broadband for all second level schools.  The plan is straightforward, there are 78 schools already connected, 200 schools will be connected by next September 2012, 200 more in 2013 and the final phase of 250 schools will be connected by 2014. There are however mixed reports as…

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Online Summer Courses for Primary Teachers

Over the past year, schools have received additional grants for computer equipment to update the ICT infrastructure within schools.  In TeachNet, we believe that in addition to funding ICT equipment, teachers need high quality professional development to help them realise the potential of this investment.  The international research clearly indicates that quality CPD is essential in order to effectively integrate ICT into classroom settings.  This summer, TeachNet is offering 17…

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Online Consumer Education

  Dolceta is a free online Consumer Education website developed by the CDVEC Curriculum  Development Unitand 26 other European partners. The website contains teaching resources for Consumer Education and Financial Literacy. These include curriculum linked lesson plans, fact sheets and learning modules aimed at primary, post-primary and adult learners. Each lesson is targeted at a specific age group and is mapped to specific subjects/curriculum areas in the Irish curriculum. The…

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ICT in Education: What are the Political Parties Promising?

Over the past few days, we have been looking out to see what the politicians are promising in regard to ICT in education and how they see (or don’t see) technology and e-learning enhancing the teaching and learning that’s taking place in our schools. Fianna Fáil’s Manifesto makes no mention of education or ICT. However, theirEducation Policy Document highlights the €92 million investment in “ICT equipment” in schools over the…

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Ensuring Quality in Using ICT in Learning and Education

The “Getting it Right – Making it Work” eQSF Launch and European Conference takes place next week.  eQSF is the result of collaboration between six European partners in a project funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. The project has developed an easy-to-use self-assessment tool designed for schools and education providers to review and improve their use of ICT in learning.  The eQSF website to be launched…

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ICT Funding for Post Primary (at last)

Adrienne Webb on the RTE News It’s great to hear that the cheques have gone out to post primary schools for ICT.  Each school is getting a base grant of €1,700 and a payment of €63.45 per student. DEIS schools will receive a higher basic grant of €2,550 and for the first time, fee paying schools are getting a 50% payment for ICT (see Indo article). This was a long…

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Becta to close as a result of cutbacks

There has been mixed reaction in the UK to the announcement that Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) is to beclosed down by November as part of the new Government’s public spending cuts.  There has been speculation about this for weeks, ever since Becta was singled out as one of the many quangos that could be closed by the Conversatives to save money. Becta was set up in 1998…

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Announcing our Summer 2010 Courses for Primary Teachers

​Following on the great success of our courses last summer, we are busy working on a range of new courses for primary teachers.  We are delighted to announce that the TeachNet CPD to run 12 courses this summer. All of our courses are written “by teachers, for teachers”, include interactive modules, make use of videos and podcasts and can be taken at any time during the summer between July 1st…

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ICT Competency Standards for Teachers

​We have been involved recently in a number of teacher CPD projects in which we have introduced the UNESCO ICT Competency Standards for Teachers (ICT-CST).  We believe these to be an important step forward in teacher education in the area of ICT. In an effort to help educational policy-makers and curriculum developers identify the skills teachers need to harness technology in education, UNESCO developed the ICT Competency Standards for Teachers…

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You must watch this David Puttnam speech!

It’s rarely that we get a chance to hear someone on these shores providing an enlightened insight into the role of education in a digital society.  Lord Puttnam, film director and now Chairman of Futurelab (an organisation we much admire), gave a talk to the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) in Dublin on the 19th January. While the media have focussed on his comments about the state of…

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