Kildare and Wicklow ETB Newsletter Issue 10 Learn, Work, Live - Page 22

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. announced he is investing €30m in ICT infrastructure grants for primary and post-primary schools. The investment marks the start of the implementation of the government’s €210 Million Euro Fund supporting the Digital Strategy for Schools.

Announcing the Digital Strategy ICT Infrastructure Grant for 2016/2017, the Minister said he is pleased to confirm that 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 Minister said that the grant is worth circa €15,000 for a 500 student school, and over €27,000 for a 1,000 student school.

ICT infrastructure grants for primary and post-primary schools

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.

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