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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Department of Education and Skills

Digital Strategy for Schools

Photo of Eamon GilmoreEamon Gilmore (Dún Laoghaire, Labour)
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150. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures she plans to roll out over the next 12 months as part of the new digital strategy for teaching and learning in schools; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44423/14]

Photo of Jan O'SullivanJan O'Sullivan (Limerick City, Labour)
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Work is currently under way on the new digital strategy for schools. A number of research projects have taken place including an online census of teachers and principals, a public consultation process and focus groups with students, parents and teachers. A consultative paper on the use of ICT for teaching, learning and assessment has been published. The strategy development process includes consultations with a variety of stakeholders including teacher unions, management bodies, school principals, parents and students, publishers and other interested parties.

The main themes from the findings of the research projects are Learning, Teaching and Assessment Using ICTs, Teacher Professional Learning, Research, Policy and Leadership, ICT Infrastructure, Digital Content and Internet Safety.

I expect that the strategy will be completed this year and published shortly thereafter.


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