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Irish Schools Falling Behind in Digital Studies


Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 13/05/2016. Irish Schools Falling Behind in Digital StudiesTags: Education And Politics Teachers


Trinity College and Googe are calling for more investment to be made towards educating Irish students in digital studies following the results of a survey that found over 60% of schools do not have enough access to technology to provide students with neccessary skills.

A programme run by Trinity College, which Google pledged €1.5 million to back in 2014, aims to train teachers how to teach computer science and various digital studies through collaborative learning.

Trinity academics surveyed 400 teachers and 800 students after they completed one year of participating on the programme.

The survey found that studies in computer science and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects were hindered by a lack of resources.

Some teachers surveyed noted that regular class times were too short for any worth while collaborative work and also that there was too much pressure to prepare students for tests.

The report recommends more investment and structural changes in schools, ensuring that every school has access to wifi and the internet.

The report also recognises that there is also a need for more teacher training and strongly suggests an introduction of computer science to the Leaving Cert Curriculum.

Source: RTE.ie


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