Action Plan for 2017 for Digital Strategy for Schools

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2 October, 2017

Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 Enhancing Teaching Learning and Assessment

The Department of Education and Skills has published a detailed Action Plan for 2017 based on the objectives outlined in the “Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020, Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Assessment”. The 2017 document outlines over 120 actions and sub-actions to be implemented during the year by the Department, its agencies and others across government. Timelines and lead responsibility have been assigned, and progress will be measured against the plan.

The Action Plan can be found at: Digital Strategy Action Plan 2017

Some key priorities of the Strategy during the implementation phase are:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To promote Scoilnet and associated sites/services as the national reference point for schools for high quality digital content (www.scoilnet.ie).
  5. 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.
  6. To enhance access to and impact of CPD for teachers through extending CPD delivery formats to include online and blended learning programmes.
  7. To explore and recommend technical support solutions for schools.
  8. Extend the scope and reach of student learning beyond the walls of the classrooms.

Read the full policy document at: Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020 or visit MPEB previous article on Digital Strategy.

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