Published on Thursday14thSeptember2017

Minister Bruton launches New Tool to help Schools Improve their Digital Capability

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Minister Bruton announcing the Digital Learning Framework for schools

Education Minister Richard Bruton has announced that the Digital Learning Framework for schools is being made available to all primary and post primary schools from today.

The Framework provides a roadmap to help schools manage the transformation of teaching and learning as a result of new digital technologies.

The Department will also be seeking a sample of 50 schools to take part in a new trial of the framework. Those schools chosen will receive targeted professional development supports to enable them to fully embrace and engage with digital technologies.

This trial will 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 tool in its current format is still available to schools not participating in the trial to use as they see fit in the meantime.

The Minister noted:

There is no avoiding the fact that new technology is revolutionising the way our young people access information and the careers they are likely to have in the future. Ensuring that our education system responds to these changes is key to achieving my overall ambition to make Ireland’s education system the best in Europe within a decade.

Developing creative thinking and problem-solving skills is absolutely critical if children are to reach and achieve their potential. In particular, their ability to think critically and to develop solutions in the digital world will be vital for their prospects in life. 

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