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New strategy aims to bring digital revolution to all of Ireland's classrooms - Independent.ie

New strategy aims to bring digital revolution to all of Ireland's classrooms - Independent.ie | Educational Technology: Leaders and Leadership | Scoop.it

A NEW national plan on the use of technology in classrooms is being prepared – and parents, schools, academics and industry are being asked for their views on how it can best be deliverd.

A digital revolution is underway in classrooms around the world, and the strategy is aimed at ensuring that pupils in Irish primary and post-primary schools are not left behind.

Digital literacy is now widely regarded as the fourth literacy – alongside reading, writing and maths – and an essential skill that all students will need.

While the use of technology in Irish schools is growing, its spread is uneven and the new strategy will set out a system-wide plan for the next five years.

A key focus on the consultation process will be how it can be delivered in an affordable way for all parents, particularly in the current financial environment. So far, technology has featured mainly as a tool in teaching and learning, but its value in assessing students – as an alternative to written exams – is now also emerging.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn yesterday launched the public consultation phase on the development of the new Digital Strategy for Schools, with a closing date for submissions of January 31.

It follows an online survey of principals and teachers earlier this year.

"Our challenge now is to ensure that every child in every school has the same opportunities to engage with technology across all aspects of the curriculum," Mr Quinn said.

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The minister added that a key aspect to supporting the use of technology was broadband in schools and referred to the rollout of high-speed broadband to all post-primary schools.

 

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This national online community of practice provides a dynamic environment for educators to collaborate, share their expertise, and have access to resources to strengthen their ability to plan, implement, and sustain technology-enabled learning initiatives.



 

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National effort to get all 1:1, BYOT/D schools and other digital innovators in other areas such as e-resources to put their school(s) on this map as well as the district.  Add your story....be a resource to others.

 

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Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, January 25, 2013 9:45 AM

National effort to get all 1:1, BYOT/D schools and other digital innovators in other areas such as e-resources to put their school(s) on this map as well as the district.  Add your story....be a resource to others.

 

Together, in this community, we share, learn and grow.