016. Allow Teachers to use Social Media as They See Fit

Back in 2012, the Teaching Council released a final draft for consultation regarding out Professional Standards. At that time, I was extremely worried about a particular section: 3.3.7. which states that teachers should ensure that any communication with pupils/ students, colleagues, parents, school management and others is appropriate, including communication via electronic media, such as … Read more016. Allow Teachers to use Social Media as They See Fit

114. All technology should be ordered through a centralised system

Much like a number of my suggestions, schools really need to stop thinking like individual little fiefdoms and harness the idea of grouping together to get better value for products. Technology is another such area. I have often said that in terms of technology, schools are like snowflakes in that no two schools have the … Read more114. All technology should be ordered through a centralised system

111. Schools to be given free ICT Technical Support

It might seem surprising to people outside of the primary education system to know that schools receive absolutely no funding for technical support should any of their technology break down. Schools are forced to dip into parents’ pockets, as usual, in order to afford any form of technical support, with costs roughly €90 per hour … Read more111. Schools to be given free ICT Technical Support

085. Ensure the use of technology remains a methodology, not a subject

What is technology in terms of education? Twenty-five years ago, we might have said it was a resource, much like a pencil or a book, as it was something you could use in order to help learn. Some countries, like the UK, fell into the trap of making technology into a subject and started teaching … Read more085. Ensure the use of technology remains a methodology, not a subject

074. All schools to have websites

Most primary schools have some sort of website. However, there is absolutely no consistency in the website address of the school. Some schools have bought their own domain and built their website, others have used Scoilnet’s service (which technically isn’t a DES website) and therefore has a subdomain from that; and other schools have another … Read more074. All schools to have websites

023. The DES should develop curriculum content

Ireland is a funny country. The Department of Education has a large selection of quangos that do loads of different jobs but none of them make curriculum content. If an Irish teacher is looking for an ICT resource to compliment a lesson, it’s almost certain  that the teacher will visit a different country’s content and … Read more023. The DES should develop curriculum content

116. Schools shouldn’t responsible for parental choices around purchasing smart devices

Once upon a time a school in Co. Kerry decided to ban smartphones. This wouldn’t be an unusual story as a lot of schools have a ban on Smartphone use. However, this story has an extra layer. The ban extended to outside school hours. My first thoughts were: why did the school have to be … Read more116. Schools shouldn’t responsible for parental choices around purchasing smart devices

024. Try to become paper-free in terms of content

While a tad aspirational, it would be great to see how much paper-based content a school really needs. Obviously, subjects like Visual Arts couldn’t happen without paper but almost every other subject could limit itself a lot, certainly in terms of curriculum content. Is there really any need for textbooks at all when we can … Read more024. Try to become paper-free in terms of content

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