ICT Infrastructure Grant – Application Date Extended

Earlier this month the TeachNet Blog reported on Additional ICT Funding Announced For All Schools, a further €50million investment in ICT infrastructure for all primary and post-primary schools. In addition, Paul Monroe referenced in his post, a further €5m of funding that had been set aside to recognise and support schools’ efforts to engage with digital technologies in teaching and learning. Interested school’s were invited to complete an application for…

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Digital Education Action Plan

In January the European Commission launched their Digital Education Action Plan. The plan has 3 main priorities, which are outlined below: Making better use of digital technology for teaching and learning Developing relevant digital competences and skills for the digital transformation Improving education through better data analysis and foresight The Commission recognises that there is a need to make better use of digital technology for teaching and learning and this…

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Show Me the Money! – Funding on its way…

Yes, funding for ICT in education is imminent… After years of under-investment in technology in education, last week Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D, announced a fresh raft of grants for ICT infrastructure in primary and post-primary schools. Whilst long overdue but very welcome in itself, the €30 million to be rolled out shortly is only the start of the implementation of the government’s €210 Million Digital Strategy…

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Digital Scotland

New Scottish Digital Strategy – Some Observations

The Scottish Government recently launched their Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy. This is not the first Scottish Digital Strategy but it builds on previous strategies in an attempt to enhance learning and teaching through the use of digital technology. The strategy implies that digital technology should improve learning and teaching and that things should not remain the same. The Strategy’s vision is as follows: The focus is on educational improvement…

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Classrooms of the Future?

“Technology has the power to transform how people learn – but walk into some classrooms and you could be forgiven for thinking you were entering a time warp. There will probably be a whiteboard instead of the traditional blackboard, and the children may be using laptops or tablets, but plenty of textbooks, pens and photocopied sheets are still likely and perhaps most strikingly, all desks will face forwards, with the…

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The Digital Strategy for Schools

The Department of Education and Skills (DES) recently launched their Digital Strategy for Schools, 2015-2020; Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Assessment. This is the latest in a series of strategies and policy statements since December 1997 when the Department launched Schools IT2000. I have to declare up-front that I was involved the creation of both documents. So what is new, if anything, in this strategy This strategy is based on evidence…

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Time for Reflection

It is hard to believe that the month of June is almost over – where has it gone? After a busy school year, students are finishing the last of their state exams today and primary schools will finish in the next 10 days. Soon, everyone gets a chance to unwind and have a break. In the field of digital learning, it has also been a busy year for the Department…

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