Archive for ICT

Are computers in the classroom really such a good idea?

Posted in teaching with tags on 8 March 2011 by Steve

“Are computers in our classrooms a benefit or a hindrance to effective teaching? Is their presence undermining the capacity of teachers to develop numeracy and literacy skills among our students? …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 8 March]

Fine Gael – Labour Programme for Government: ICT in Education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 7 March 2011 by Steve

“This is an interesting snippet from the new Fine Gael – Labour Programme for Government on their policy on ’21st Century Schools’. What are your opinions on their plans? ‘The Government will end the treatment of ICT in education as a stand alone issue, but will integrate it across education policy …’” (more)

[More Stress, Less Success, 7 March]

Careers in ICT

Posted in Life with tags , on 14 November 2010 by Steve

“The Celtic Tiger – and it may be useful to remember that this phenomenon was real enough for ten years or so – was built on the back of innovation and investment in the ICT sector …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 November]

EU makes massive €780m investment in ICT research

Posted in research with tags , , on 28 September 2010 by Steve

“As part of its Digital Agenda to transform Europe’s social and economic fortunes, the European Commission has unveiled one of the biggest grant funds ever made into ICT research. Some €780m will be invested under Framework Programme 7 …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 28 September]

The State’s largest investment in technology for schools

Posted in teaching with tags on 14 September 2010 by Steve

“The €150m investment by the Irish Government in ICT equipment in schools will see every teacher equipped with a laptop and software and every classroom equipped with digital projectors …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 14 September]

Living and working with technology

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 3 May 2010 by Steve

“… There can be no doubt that the new technologies have produced huge changes, though perhaps not as many as they might have. Most higher education studies are still undertaken in a classroom environment, and libraries are still focal points for research. Distance learning certainly exists, but is conducted on a much more modest scale than was predicted a decade or two ago …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 3 May]

Deplorable state of ICT in Irish schools

Posted in teaching with tags on 7 February 2010 by Steve

“… It is disheartening to listen to the Minister speak of the ‘Knowledge society’ given the reality of today’s classroom. The Minister in Feb 2007 when announcing the formation of the strategy group to advise her on the future development of ICT in schools said: ‘Ireland’s continuing development as an advanced knowledge society will rely on the skills of our young people …'” (more)

[ICT in Ireland, 3 February]

Graduates to work in Microsoft on schools ICT

Posted in Life with tags on 21 December 2009 by Steve

“Twenty graduates of technology or teacher-training college courses are to gain work placement positions in Microsoft Ireland to help develop digital material for the school curriculum as part of a deal signed by Minister for Education and Science Batt O’Keeffe …” (more)

[Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 21 December]

Laptop fever

Posted in Life with tags , on 5 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Recently a student came to my office with a request. As he sat down he opened his briefcase and took out a small laptop, placed it on the table and booted it up. And as he asked his question and listened to my answer, he was typing away energetically on the keyboard. I don’t know what he was writing: maybe he was taking down what I was saying, maybe he was composing his latest entry on Twitter, maybe he was playing Sudoku – who knows? I was quite intrigued, but said nothing …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 June]