Wednesday 16 April 2014

IT is ‘ the future of schools’: watch live stream of Irish Technology Leadership Group conference

Sean Cotrell. Photo: Tom Burke

TECHNOLOGY should be used to improve teaching methods in primary school classrooms, according to the head of one of the biggest teacher’s associations in the world,

Sean Cottrell, the director of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), called on the government to set targets for creating an IT-based curriculum at the annual summit of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) in Corklater today.

The conference is being streamed live on

Mr Cottrell told the ITLG panel, ‘Education and Skills for Ireland's Tech Industry - Closing the Gap’, that the way to establish Ireland as a high-tech vanguard was to invest in digital pedagogy.

‘The Government should set targets for the delivery of an IT-based curriculum where the teaching of each subject is mainly delivered by means of technology. It could start by committing to the teaching of a single subject through technology - science or maths, for example - from junior infants through to the Junior Certificate,’ said Mr Cottrell.

"It may also be time to seriously consider introducing foreign languages in the primary school curriculum, not least since the absence of a second or third language is among the labour market barriers often cited by employers," he claims.



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