The framework will among other things:
- Help schools and individual teachers to plan how to upskill to realise the potential of digital technologies
- Provide for internal and external evaluation of how digital technologies are being embedded across all aspects of school activity
- Support planning in areas like literacy, numeracy and STEM which require a cross-curricular focus.
The results of this trial will help the Department understand what supports will be required by schools and teachers at all levels to embed digital technologies into teaching and learning. The trial will also help refine the Framework so that it can best assist schools to realise the potential of digital technologies.
Once learnings from the trial have been incorporated into the framework, the framework will be refined and fully implemented across all schools and teacher education programs. The resource in its current format is still available to schools not participating in the trial to use as they see fit in the meantime.
There was great interest from schools in participating in this trial, with over 300 schools registering their interest - 139 at post-primary level and 176 at primary level. This indicates the level of commitment among our educators and school leaders to fully embrace digital technologies in teaching and learning. In applying to participate in the trial, schools expressed their reasons for applying, and this was taken in to consideration during the selection process. The recognition at school level of the potential for digital technologies in teaching and learning to improve learner experience and outcome emerged very strongly from that exercise.
Mr Hewston and Ms Gallagher represented the school at the launch of the Framework on Thursday the 26th of October in Croke Park, where they worked very loosely with other schools and their advisor Siobhan O’Sullivan. The Minister for Education Richard Bruton attended the event and made the closing address to all participants.
Speaking at the launch yesterday, Minister Bruton said the plan will realise the potential of young people in the new "digital revolution". “Creative thinking and problem-solving skills are critical to our children developing and achieving their potential,” Minister Bruton said. “In particular, their ability to think critically and develop solutions in the digital world will be vital for their prospects in life. Digital technology is revolutionising our careers.” “We want to ensure that Ireland is well placed to take advantage of the digital revolution which is taking place, and having a transformative effect on our economy, workplace, and lifestyle.”