What the National Digital Strategy means for education and elearning
To utilise ICT to its full potential across the education system, including the use of the internet in learning, the National Digital Strategy will see the completion of the rollout of 100mb to all post-primary schools by summer 2014.
It is hoped access to online educational media will allow schools to share resources, access global teaching aids, help students learn new skills, and engage students more deeply through the use of online interactive content.
In the area of further education, ICT courses will feature prominently within the Back to Education initiative, which provides funding for part-time learning opportunities for adults. Other actions under the education and elearning section of the strategy include a new framework for junior cycle in which ICT plays a role, the development of a new ICT strategy for schools, and peer-to-peer teacher supports including “Switch On” exemplar workshops.