€50 Million under Digital Strategy for Schools (2018-2019)

Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020

On March 4th 2019, the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., announced €50 Million for schools under the Digital Strategy for Schools (2018-2019).

 

On March 4th 2019, the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D., announced €50 Million for schools under the Digital Strategy for Schools (2018-2019).

Today’s investment is the third installment of the €210m the Government have committed to investing under the Digital Strategy for Schools.

Grant funding for the purchase of ICT infrastructure will issue to all eligible primary and post primary schools in the country to enable them to embed the use of digital technology in teaching and learning.

€45 Million is being automatically allocated to schools, so schools do not have to apply for this funding, however schools will need to apply for the remaining €5Million.

Minister McHugh said: “We are living in a world which is being fundamentally transformed by digital technology. Disruptive technologies in cloud, mobile and social are revolutionizing how we work and how we live.

“Critical, creative thinking, problem solving skills and adaptability will be key to ensuring young people flourish this environment and we need to make sure they are well prepared.

“Our Digital Strategy for Schools sets out a clear vision that is focussed on realising the potential of digital technologies to transform the learning experiences of students.”

The link to the Press Release is:
https://www.education.ie/en/Press-Events/Press-Releases/2019-press-releases/PR19-03-04.html

The link to the circular is:
https://www.education.ie/en/Circulars-and-Forms/Active-Circulars/cl0018_2019.pdf

Support available under the Digital Strategy for Schools include a Digital Learning Framework to assist schools in their efforts to embed the use of digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment. An updated resource for e-learning planning has also been made available to schools to assist in developing and enhancing schools’ Digital Learning Plans, called Digital Learning Planning Guidelines. Further information on planning can be found http://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/en/Planning and https://www.dlplanning.ie/


Advice on ICT Equipment/Infrastructure:

For information on purchasing ICT equipment/infrastructure click here: http://www.pdstechnologyineducation.ie/en/Technology/

If schools need advice on ICT equipment or infrastructure, please email us at ictadvice@pdst.ie