ICT in Irish Schools Thursday, November 22, 2007

On the Irish technology website SiliconRepublic.com there is a very interesting article on the progress, or lack of progress on ICT in the Irish education system. There is still no news on the progress of the ICT grants which were earmarked in the National Development Plan (2007-2013) to a sum of €252m. Although €252 million appears like a large sum of money when spread out over five years and amongst the 4,000 schools (850,000 students and teachers) it quickly dwindles.

One point the article does not cover and something I am strongly in favor of, encouraging educational software development at third level. Each year thousands of Irish computer science students complete Final Year Projects, they should be encouraged to produce Irish educational titles and an award system set up for the best project each year, successful entrants should be encouraged to establish businesses and financing should be made available for commercially viable projects.