ICT Grant to Deis Band One Schools

​In November 2008 the Minister for Education and Science launched a €1 million grant scheme for DEIS band 1 schools to help them acquire the Digital Schools Award. A great idea but with typical hamfistnedess only 100 of the 179 schools in this category were invited to apply. The social inclusion unit of the DES made the selection and the 100 schools received letters from the NCTE inviting them to…

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

So as the school year draws to a close what were the highs and lows for ICT in learning? I think we should all take stock of what has been a disappointing year for schools wanting to improve their integration of technology into the classroom. We are all aware of the lack of funding, policy and initiative from the DES in the area. Why even the €1 million for DEIS…

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Dormant Accounts to Assist Primary DEIS Urban Band 1

100 primary schools in the DEIS Urban band 1 received letters from the NCTE inviting them to apply for dormant accounts funding to assist them achieve digital schools status. The invited schools have to complete the self evaluation on the Digital Schools website, submit their school ICT plan and complete the application form with details of how the school would use the grant. What is remarkable about this scheme is…

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