ICT Government Grants Monday, January 05, 2009

School grants for hi-tech equipment. As reported in The Irish Times, 05 Jan 2009.

Grants worth €2.2 million will help primary schools to purchase hi-tech equipment, writes Fiona Gartland.

The money is targeted at newly built schools or those that completed large extensions in 2008, Minister for Education Batt O'Keeffe said yesterday.

The 72 primary schools, including 15 in Dublin and four each in Waterford and Galway, will each get €5,000 a classroom to buy computer hardware, software and digital equipment.

It is the first time an information communication technology (ICT) allowance has been allocated to each classroom at primary level.

Equipment to be purchased will include digital projectors, internet-enabled laptops, classroom computers and visualisers - digital devices that have connections to computers and projectors.

Mr O'Keeffe said the grants would help schools integrate ICT into teaching and learning.

"I'm very conscious of the need to boost schools' ICT capacity and I want to ensure that technology becomes an integral part of the learning process at an early age," he said.