Dublin, 8 May 2014
Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte T.D. today launched a series of
national “Switch On” workshops at Monaghan Education Centre in Monaghan Town.
“Switch On” is a Government initiative under the National Digital
Strategy and is being undertaken in partnership between the Department of
Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Department of Education and
The workshops will focus on how schools can take
advantage of digital tools and online education resources to improve the
teaching & learning experience. Schools will be provided with useful
information and case studies as well as signposting to further resources to help
them to harness the potential of digital in the school setting.
Speaking at the event in Monaghan, Minister
“The Action Plan for Jobs and the National
Digital Strategy underline the importance of ensuring young people are equipped
with the skills required for the modern economy. My Department and the
Department of Education and Skills are funding an ambitious programme that will
see 100Mbps broadband connectivity delivered to every second level school in
Ireland by the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, at a cost of over €30m.
This is a key investment in future employment and employability as it
feeds into the development of a more ICT literate workforce.
Digital technologies and the internet enable
us all to access a richer source of media and learning. When schools take
advantage of this, the educational experience for students and teachers alike is
Commenting on the rollout of
the workshops, Minister Rabbitte added:
“The Switch-On workshops
are designed to build on our investment in fast, reliable connectivity by
helping teachers to make optimum use of technology in the classroom. Even more
crucially we need to ensure that our teachers can seize the opportunities and
are empowered to build the digital future in our schools. The forward looking
schools and teachers here today are looking to grasp those opportunities.
Digital, used smartly, can be a real asset both in teaching as well as in
efficient school administration. Of course there will be wider benefits too –
because schools are at the heart of our communities – and their digital
achievements permeate out and enrich the communities around them.”
Over 30 schools from 6
counties, representing an enrolment of over 14,000 students are participating in
the initial “Switch-On” workshops - the first of which are being held this month
in the education centres in Donegal, Mayo and Monaghan.
Information for Editors
More information on the National Digital Strategy
is available at: http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Communications/NDS/NDSHome
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