€445,485 Digital Infrastructure Grant for Carlow Schools – DEERING.

4th January, 2017

 

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has welcomed the announcement of the Digital Strategy ICT Infrastructure Grant for 2016/2017, 52 Carlow Schools will receive €445,485. €30m will be distributed nationally.

The grant is worth approximately €4,000 for a 100 pupil school and approximately €11,000 for a 500 pupil school at primary level. At post-primary level, the grant is worth circa €15,000 for a 500 student school, and over €27,000 for a 1,000 student school. Primary level is calculated at €2,000 per school plus €22.20 per pupil while post primary is €2,000 per school plus €31.90 per school. Additional payments will be made for Deis Schools, Special Schools and schools with special classes.

The funding will support the development and implementation of an eLearning Plan for each school to embed ICT in teaching and learning.

Some examples of the infrastructure that schools can purchase with this funding are:

  • Teaching computers/shared student computers. These may include desktop PCs, laptops, tablets or hybrid devices.
  • Projectors including short throw or ultra-short throw, long throw, interactive, or interactive flat screens (IFS).
  • Cloud based tools and applications to support learning.
  • Learning platforms – these are generally cloud based applications used to support the teaching and learning process.

Our Digital Strategy for Schools sets out a clear vision that is focussed on realising the potential of digital technologies to transform the learning experiences of students. While we are introducing coding and computer science into the curriculum, we must also invest in the ICT infrastructure of our schools. That is why the Government are making €30m in ICT grants available to schools in the coming weeks. In the next five years we will invest €210m in our schools.