Education in Schools

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ICT in Schools
Inspectorate Evaluation Studies

PROMOTING THE QUALITY OF LEARNING

I N S P E C T O R AT E

ICT in Schools
Inspectorate Evaluation Studies

I N S P E C T O R AT E

PROMOTING THE QUALITY OF LEARNING

ICT in Schools

The Inspectorate wishes to thank the following for the use of photographs: Clonakilty Community College, Clonakilty, Co Cork Saint Mark’s Community School, Tallaght, Dublin 24 Saint Mac Dara’s Community College, Templeogue, Dublin 6W Scoil Barra Naofa, Monkstown, Cork Scoil Nano Nagle and Talbot Senior National School, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 Whitechurch National School, Whitechurch Road, Dublin 16 © 2008 Department of Education and Science ISBN-0-0000-0000-X Designed by Slick Fish Design, Dublin Printed by Brunswick Press, Dublin Published by Evaluation Support and Research Unit Inspectorate Department of Education and Science Marlborough Street Dublin 1 To be purchased directly from Government Publications Sales Office Sun Alliance House Molesworth Street Dublin 2 or by post from Government Publications Postal Trade Section Unit 20 Lakeside Retail Park Claremorris Co Mayo €20

Contents
Foreword Executive summary xi xiii

Part 1 Introduction
Chapter 1 ICT in primary and post-primary education in Ireland 1.1 1.2 1.3 Introduction Background ICT policy and investment in education 1.3.1 1.3.2 1.3.3 1.4 1.4.1 1.4.2 1.4.3 1.4.4 1.5 Policy for ICT in education ICT in the curriculum Investment in ICT in education Computers in schools Other ICT equipment in schools Expenditure on ICT and technical support Other areas covered in the census 1 2 3 6 6 9 11 12 12 14 15 16 16 17 18 18 20 21 21 22 23 24 25 27 28 30 30 30 30 30

ICT infrastructure census in schools (2005)

Summary Evaluation methods

Chapter 2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4

Introduction Approaches to evaluating ICT in schools Overview and aims of the evaluation National survey of primary and post-primary principals and teachers 2.4.1 2.4.2 2.4.3 2.4.4 Survey sampling methods Survey research methods Response rate Comparison of respondents and population

2.5 2.6

Case-study school evaluations 2.6.1 2.6.2 Primary schools Post-primary schools

Observations during classroom inspections (primary) and subject inspections (post-primary) 27

2.7 2.8

On-line evaluation Evaluation outputs and terms 2.8.1 2.8.2 2.8.3 Outputs Junior and senior classes Quantitative terms used in this report

iii

ICT in Schools

Part 2
Chapter 3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5

ICT infrastructure and planning in schools
ICT infrastructure in primary and post-primary schools 31 32 33 37 38 41 41 42 45 45 49 53 56 57 59 59 61 64 64 66 69 70 70 72 73 75 79 80 81 90 98 99 99 101 102 102 105

Introduction The ICT advisory service ICT and funding ICT maintenance, technical support, and obsolescence Access to computers 3.5.1 3.5.2 Access by teachers Access by students Organisation of ICT facilities in case-study primary schools Organisation of ICT facilities in case-study post-primary schools

3.6

The use of computers in schools 3.6.1 3.6.2

3.7 3.8 3.9

ICT peripherals Software Use of e-mail 3.10.1 3.10.2 3.11.1 3.11.2 The learning platform The school web site Main findings Recommendations ICT planning in primary and post-primary schools

3.10 The on-line environment

3.11 Summary of findings and recommendations

Chapter 4 4.1 4.2

Introduction The planning process 4.2.1 4.2.2 4.2.3 4.2.4 The ICT steering committee The ICT co-ordinator The ICT plan The acceptable-use policy Teachers’ professional development Using ICT in classroom and lesson planning and preparation Planning for using ICT in teaching and learning Principals’ priorities for ICT development Teachers’ priorities for ICT development Main findings Recommendations

4.3

Implementation of ICT planning 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3

4.4

Forward planning 4.4.1 4.4.2

4.5

Findings and recommendations 4.5.1 4.5.2

iv

Part 3
Chapter 5 5.1 5.2 5.3

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