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Investing Effectively in Information and Communication Technology in Schools, 2008-2013

Creator:

Department of Education and Skills, ICT Policy Unit

Subject Keywords: Primary Education, Post Primary Education, Technology, Communication
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Report
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

Learning is changing. A pivotal force in bringing about this change is the use of information and communications technology (ICT) which provides richer, more immediate, world-relevant educational resources and opportunities. When used well, ICT enriches learning and enhances teaching. It invigorates classroom activities and is a powerful motivational tool that encourages learners to progress in more personalised and self-directed ways.

Ireland has achieved rapid change and growth in the past decade, but to sustain this we must prepare the next generation for the knowledge society in which they will live. The challenge we face is to ensure that the emphasis on ICT in schools shifts, in the immediate future, from technology provision to a focus on its deliberate use by the learner. Fostering personal creativity has always been a desirable educational value. The pursuit of creativity and inventiveness are now pivotal skills in a knowledge economy and the embedding of ICT in learning can greatly facilitate their development. Web 2.0 will facilitate greater interactivity and enable greater levels of user-generated content. It is crucial that young people acquire the ICT and related skills to support these new opportunities.

Date:

01/01/2008

DOI:

10.14655/6744-949547

Rights: © Government of Ireland
Suggested citation:

Department of Education and Skills, ICT Policy Unit. (2008) Investing Effectively in Information and Communication Technology in Schools, 2008-2013 [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/949547 [Accessed: 18th June 2019].

  

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