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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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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More ICT Funding!

​ Just as they say, you wait hours for a bus to come along and then two come at once! It seems the same applies to government funding for technology in education, only last week, we were blogging about the long awaited release of ICT Funding to second level schools only to hear yesterday that the Tánaiste has announced  a further €24m in funding for ICT infrastructure in primary schools,…

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ICT Grants for Primary Schools

Taoiseach Brian Cowan announced €150 million funding over three years a fortnight ago in a new Department of Education and Science plan for “Smart Schools”. €22 million was promised for primary schools before the end of the year. The first details of these very welcome ICT grants for primary schools began to emerge in the last few days. A minimum base grant of €1,700 plus €34.59 per pupil based on…

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TeachNet Funding

Many people have been asking us recently if the recent cutbacks will have an impact on the TeachNet project. The reality is that the NCTE has withdrawn its funding since last year. This is despite a commitment to funding for the project from the Minister Hanafin in 2007. While we weren’t surprised by this move, it is disappointing that the Department of Education and Science places such little value on…

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