Dualla National School, Cashel, has become one of the first schools in Ireland to be named a ‘Digital School of Distinction’.
The school joins a growing group of primary schools nationwide to receive the prestigious award. Launched by the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn T.D. in September last year, ‘Digital Schools of Distinction’ is a flagship award programme which promotes, recognises and encourages best practice use of technology in primary schools. Primary schools around Ireland are being urged to sign up for the programme, to avail of the comprehensive package of support and advice available.Supported by HP Ireland and Microsoft Ireland, the Digital Schools of Distinction Award aims to help schools to further integrate technology into the classroom. HP Ireland and Microsoft Ireland are providing support to the programme for five years, including a financial commitment of €300,000 in the first year as well as the provision of practical support and resources.
The response to the Digital Schools of Distinction programme from primary schools to date has been extremely positive. John Manley, Principal ofDualla National School, Cashel, said that the programme offers a real opportunity for primary schools to build on their digital capabilities. “Registering to become a Digital School of Distinction was an obvious move for our school as we are very aware that technology is playing an evermore important role in education and we want to be at the forefront of the movement to integrate ICT successfully in the classroom. The registration and validation process to become a Digital School of Distinction has been seamless with good support throughout. We are excited about the opportunities this programme offers our school,” said Mr Manley. For more information and to register online, visit www.digitalschools.ie or follow @digital_schools.