Monday, 12 October 2015

Digital Schools of Distinction welcomes the launch of the Government’s new Digital Strategy for Schools

Digital Schools of Distinction today welcomed the launch of the Government’s new Digital Strategy for Schools action plan.

Launched by the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan, the Digital Strategy for Schools sets out a five year programme to maximise the effective use of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning and assessment at primary and post primary level.

The strategy recognises Digital Schools of Distinction as an integral part of the Government’s overall plan to integrate technology into the classroom.

Commenting on the launch of the strategy, Martin Murphy, MD of HP Ireland said: ‘‘We are pleased that Digital Schools of Distinction has been recognised in the launch of the Government’s Digital Strategy for Schools. We will continue to work with our partners in the education sector to roll out the programme across Ireland to tackle the digital divide and give every student the technology skills they need in today’s connected world.”

The ‘Digital Schools of Distinction’ is a flagship award programme which promotes, recognises and encourages best practice use of technology in primary schools. The programme is supported by HP and Microsoft in Ireland.

Half of Irish primary schools – a total of 1,600 schools – have already signed up to become ‘Digital Schools of Distinction’. The programme aims to sign up a further 400 schools during the academic year 2015/16. Plans are in place to roll out the programme in Northern Ireland at the end of this year.