High-speed broadband is paying off for teaching and learning in second-level schools – but teachers and students still face many challenges around the use of computers in the classroom.
A new report from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) highlights how Irish education still has a way to go to integrate technology into daily school life.
According to the report there are a “number of persistent challenges that are likely to hinder further progress”, including the need for more investment in infrastructure, better technical support and more teacher training.
It says classroom usage of the new technologies varies considerably across schools and is heavily influenced by the support offered by school leadership.
Researchers looked at the experience of 400 second-level schools, with an in-depth study of 10 schools, after they had received the reliable internet connection through the Schools 100Mbps Project.
The report put a particular focus on the views of students, which tend to be largely absent from studies about the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in education.
Catch the full article here in the Irish Independant
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