ICT in Education Smokescreen?
The Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, and Minister for Education, Batt O'Keeffe, have announced plans for a €150 million investment in ICT in education. The government promises that every school classroom in the country will have a laptop and a projector within three years. Details have not been released on how the project, penned Smart Economy, Smart Schools, will be implemented and rolled out or what training and staff support will be on offer. However, any investment in ICT in education is a good thing, and we at the Frog Blog welcome the development. However, it has emerged that the money for this project will be channelled out of current funds available for school buildings. Is this just a smokescreen? We also have doubts about whether the resources will be put fully into use, and wonder why there was no mention of interactive whiteboards in the proposal.