Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 Enhancing Teaching Learning and Assessment
In October 2015, the Department published The Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 Enhancing Teaching Learning and Assessment, the next stage of the ICT in Schools programme. The Digital Strategy for Schools provides a rationale and a Government action plan for integrating ICT into teaching, learning and assessment practices in schools over five years. This Strategy builds on previous strategies in the area of ICT integration and is the result of research and extensive consultation with education partners and stakeholders. It supports the overall strategy of the Department in a number of key areas including curriculum implementation, skills development, teacher education and learner outcomes.
Some key priorities of the Strategy during the implementation phase are:
- To give teachers and schools clarity around the concept of embedding ICT into Teaching Learning and Assessment, through adapting the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teaching for the Irish context. By localising the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers, schools and teachers can identify training needs to be targeted by the Department and its support services. This task is now complete, with a Digital Learning Framework for Schools now available.
To reflect technological and educational developments through updating the eLearning in Your School planning resource (from 2009) to assist schools in further developing their eLearning policy.
- To address the ICT infrastructural requirements of schools through developing an ICT Equipment grant (first tranche to be available for the 2016-2017 school year), and continuing to improve broadband services to schools.
- To promote Scoilnet and associated sites/services as the national reference point for schools for high quality digital content (www.scoilnet.ie).
- To provide information to teachers on innovative ways to use digital technologies more actively in their own teaching, including exemplars of good practices, and facilitating the sharing of such practices amongst teachers.
- To enhance access to and impact of CPD for teachers through extending CPD delivery formats to include online and blended learning programmes.
- To explore and recommend technical support solutions for schools.
- Extend the scope and reach of student learning beyond the walls of the classrooms.
See below for some further information on the Strategy, and read the full policy document at: Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020.
Following on from this, a detailed Digital Strategy Action Plan was published for 2017. This plan was based on the objectives outlined in the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. The 2017 document outlined over 120 actions and sub-actions to be implemented during 2017 by the Department, its agencies and others across government. Timelines and lead responsibility were assigned, and progress was measured against the plan. Of the actions, 113 were delivered representing a 94% completion rate. Further details are contained in the 2018 Action Plan (see below). The remaining 7 sub actions are carried forward into the 2018 Digital Strategy Action Plan.
View Digital Strategy Action Plan 2017.
A follow on detailed Digital Strategy Action Plan was published for 2018.
The Plan, which has over 80 actions, sets out a roadmap for 2018, to bring the Irish education system further along the path to being the best in Europe at embedding digital technology in teaching, learning and assessment by 2026.
The 2018 Digital Strategy Action Plan builds on progress made in 2017. It reiterates the goals and objectives set out in the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 and contains over 80 actions/sub-actions to be achieved by the end of 2018. It will be followed by annual action plans for 2019 and 2020.
Key elements of the 2018 Digital Strategy Action Plan include:
- Computer Science will be introduced as a Leaving Certificate subject from September 2018 – (phased introduction).
- The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) will work with a network of schools to explore how coding might be best integrated into the primary school curriculum.
- The Digital Learning Framework, which allows schools to assess their digital capability, will be assessed and improved.
- Clear statements on the use of digital technologies will continue to be included in all of the subject specifications developed in 2018.
- Clusters participating in School Excellence Fund – Digital will begin their projects & future rounds will be considered.
- The Department will actively contribute to the whole of Government approach to internet and cyber safe security for our young people.
- A circular will issue to schools on the usage of smart phone and tablet devices – this will require schools to engage with the school community including students and parents on their usage.
- Continue to improve broadband services in schools.
- Continuing rollout of the €210million capital investment programme to schools.
View 2018 Digital Strategy Action Plan
See below for some further information on the Strategy.
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