Laois schools to get more than €500,000 for computers and other IT equipment

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Laois schools are set to benefit from over €500,000 in funding for ICT equipment, allowing them to purchase key technology such as tablets, cloud technology and projectors.

Laois TD and Minister for Justice & Equality, Charlie Flanagan, has welcomed the announcement that €532,488 is to be the investment in ICT infrastructure for primary and post-primary schools here in County Laois.

Primary and post primary schools around the county will receive a grant to purchase equipment which will enable them to integrate digital technology in teaching and learning.

Speaking this morning from Portlaoise, Minister Flanagan stated: “Today’s announcement is very appropriate as it marks the start of Internet Safety Week. Funding has been granted to develop Information and communications technology in our schools in County Laois.”

“We have seen how digital technology can transform the learning experiences of students, providing them with sought-after digital skills as they progress through the education system.”

He revealed that the grant, which will be received by all schools built prior to 2014, is worth approximately €4,100 for a 100 pupil school and approximately €13,000 for a 500 pupil school at primary level. At post-primary level, the grant is worth circa €18,000 for a 500 student school, and over €33,000 for a 1,000 student school. This grant will benefit 73 schools here in Laois.

“Schools built since 2014 are excluded as they would have received funding for ICT infrastructure upon set up,” explained the Minister.

“Some examples of the infrastructure that schools can purchase with this funding are projectors and cloud based tools and applications to support learning, and learning platforms which are generally cloud based applications used to support the teaching and learning process.”

Minister Flanagan concluded: “Today’s funding will support the development and implementation of an eLearning Plan for each school to embed ICT in teaching and learning which is very welcome for our schools.”