Scoilnet is the Department of Education’s official portal for Irish education. Originally launched in 1998, the website is managed by PDST Technology in Education on behalf of the DoE. The Scoilnet in-house team of three collaborates with practising teachers to maintain and manage the content on the website.
The centerpiece of the site is a database of over 21,000+ online ‘open education resources’ including websites, quizzes, lesson plans, notes, video/audio, games and other multimedia. Each resource is tagged to the specifics of the Irish curriculum. Content is developed to support teachers at both primary and post-primary levels and to provide teachers with the option to share and upload their own teaching and learning resources. On site tools are also available to enable teachers use and manipulate resources for their students.
Additional content is licensed for use by teachers and schools, e.g. Britannica Schools, the Irish Newspaper Archive, JSTOR Ireland Collection.
A range of satellite websites is also maintained under the Scoilnet initiative:
Scoilnet Maps Interactive mapping tool featuring detailed Ordnance Survey Ireland maps, world maps and GIS data.
CensusAtSchool An international project where post-primary students collect and work with real data as part of the Statistics and Probability strand of the Maths curriculum.
French.ie Providing support for the French Junior and Senior Cycle curricula.
German.ie Providing support for the German Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle curricula.
Science Hooks An initiative of NUI Galway that presents a collection of videos that capture novel and engaging aspects of Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
I Am An Artist Supporting Visual Arts in the primary curriculum.
Irish Flag History and evolution of the Irish tricolour.