Fine Gael TD for Louth, Peter Fitzpatrick, has welcomed today's announcement from Minister Richard Bruton, that €30m will be invested in ICT infrastructure grants for primary and post-primary schools.
Fitzpatrick said "There are currently 87 schools in Louth that will be eligible for this grant which will draw down approximately €900k in the county."
The investment marks the start of the implementation of the government’s €210 Million Digital Strategy for Schools.
Fitzpatrick said "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."
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; and Learning platforms – these are generally cloud based applications used to support the teaching and learning process.