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    1. 1. National Centre for Technology in Education NCTE established in 1998 as an agency of the Department of Education and Science to implement ICT policy objectives The core objective of the NCTE is to promote and support the use of ICT by teachers and students in teaching and learning.
    2. 2. Knowledge Society / Economy <ul><li>Proficiency in ICT, a core societal skill </li></ul><ul><li>ICT skills for full participation in daily life –social, cultural, recreational and vocational </li></ul><ul><li>Alleviating the digital divide / Role of ICT in Development </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge economy demands a range of ICT skills </li></ul><ul><li>Government Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership with Industry </li></ul>
    3. 3. Key sectors <ul><li>Information and Communications Technology (ICT) </li></ul><ul><li>International Business Services </li></ul><ul><li>Pharmaceuticals/Medical Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>International Financial Services </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Learner <ul><li>an affinity with ICT </li></ul><ul><li>exploit and push the boundaries of ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Communications/entertainments media used are “visual” and multi-format </li></ul><ul><li>highly interactive, participative, individualistic and collaborative - personalised learning </li></ul>
    5. 5. Learner expectations <ul><li>Participative and Interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Digital technology enabling </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active / interactive learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Import elements of entertainment / games software </li></ul><ul><li>Digital literacy and personalised learning </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>From school to life-long learning… </li></ul><ul><li>From one-size-fits-all to customised learning… </li></ul><ul><li>From learning as torture to learning as fun… </li></ul><ul><li>From the teacher as transmitter to the teacher as facilitator… </li></ul><ul><li>“ Growing up Digital” , Don Tapscott </li></ul>Curriculum Change
    7. 7. ICT is at the heart of Educational change <ul><li>Enabling and facilitating more personalised learning environments </li></ul><ul><li>Self directed life long learners </li></ul><ul><li>Pervasive technology in society </li></ul>
    8. 8. 6 Critical Factors <ul><li>‘ Pervasive’ ICT facilities in schools (OECD) </li></ul><ul><li>ICT embedded in curriculum development process </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of quality digital content </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development and support of teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Support for and dissemination of good practice </li></ul><ul><li>Support of strategic leadership in schools </li></ul>
    9. 9. ICT policy <ul><li>1998 - 2001: ICT 2000 - A policy framework for ICT in schools </li></ul><ul><li>2001 - 2003: Blueprint for the Future of ICT in Irish Education </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Key initiatives of the NCTE </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Integration (TII) </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Professional Development (TSI) </li></ul><ul><li>Scoilnet </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Content (ISC) </li></ul><ul><li>Special Educational Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative projects /SIP </li></ul>
    11. 11. TII TSI SEN ICT A Scoilnet Digital Content Innovative Projects
    12. 12. <ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting the development of ICT infrastructure in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Activities/Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>1. Planning and Advice for schools </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support technology planning and infrastructure building in schools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supports schools with purchasing, planning, and technical information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>ICT in Schools Census </li></ul><ul><li> (1998, 2000, 2002 & 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>School Networking – support and advice </li></ul><ul><li>Centre networks and ICT infrastructure </li></ul>Technology Integration Initiative (TII)
    13. 13. <ul><li>Activities/Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Broadband steering and working groups </li></ul><ul><li>2. Regional broadband seminars for principals in all schools </li></ul><ul><li>3. Input to writing and evaluation of tenders for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a) Broadband Connectivity, b) Security Services, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c) email and d) Service Desk </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manage both the relationship with schools and the broadband Service Desk. </li></ul>Schools Broadband Programme (TII) Objective Supporting the delivery of Broadband to all first and second level schools.
    14. 14. Schools Broadband Network Centrally Managed Services hosted by HEAnet Secure Email Virus Control Spam Management Controlled Internet Access Content Filtering Security Services Firewall Other Applications SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN LAN SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN LAN SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN LAN SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN LAN SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN LAN SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN SCHOOL SCHOOL LAN LAN Internet Access Links provided by Broadband Service Providers Connecting all ~4000 Schools ADSL DSL ADSL DSL Leased Line Leased Line Leased Line Leased Line Wireless Wireless Wireless Wireless Satellite Satellite Satellite Satellite Other Other
    15. 15. Schools Service Desk NCTE HEAnet Broadband Service Providers Support by email and telephone between Schools and the Service Desk Service Desk
    16. 16. Centrally Managed Services <ul><li>Controlled Internet Access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Centralised Filtering System </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Website blocking, Web Content blocking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High-quality system being developed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools can still use their own </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filtering Guideline included </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Security Services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Central Firewall </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virus Management Guideline included </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email for schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>@scoilnet.ie </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide email address for every teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional no. of addresses for each school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools decide how to use additional addresses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated Anti-Virus and Anti-Spam controls </li></ul></ul>
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    18. 18. <ul><li>Activities/Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>In consultation with educational partners, devise, design and deliver ICT professional development courses </li></ul><ul><li>Work with curriculum groups to provide ICT professional development to support new in-service programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit and train tutors t o deliver courses </li></ul><ul><li>Implement ICT professional development programmes locally through ICT facility in Education Centres </li></ul>ICT Professional Development (TSI) Objective To provide a national programme of ICT professional development for first and second level teachers to assist them in integrating ICT in learning and teaching.
    19. 19. ICT Professional Development cont. <ul><li>Activities/Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate the development of local teacher support groups </li></ul><ul><li>Support and fund ICT professional development activity in Education Centres and in collaboration with other educational partners </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor course delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Review and revise course provision, delivery and participation </li></ul><ul><li>In excess of 110 ,000 training places provided (1998 – 2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Developed and rolled-out 32 ICT courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Partnered with St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra to provide accreditation path from NCTE courses to Grad. Dip & Masters </li></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain, develop and promote Scoilnet as the portal for Irish education, to establish it as the online starting point for school and home users to access and generate e-content, and participate in e-communities. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide access to an increased quantity of relevant online content for the Irish curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Support and promote the safe use, application of the Internet in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Activities/Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Manage, develop and promote Scoilnet – the portal for Irish education. Including content, infrastructure and promotion </li></ul>Scoilnet www.scoilnet.ie
    21. 21. <ul><li>Activities/Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>2. Manage and maintain the NCTE website – the website provides access to current information and advice on ICT in education for use by schools and all education partners including a monthly newsletter by email to all schools </li></ul><ul><li>3. Internet Safety advice and guidelines to Irish schools – Be Wise on the Net campaign, Webwise the National Node, EC funded research projects created awareness, and tools under the Safer Internet programme </li></ul><ul><li>4. Develop and engage in projects which promote and stimulate the educational use of the Internet – projects undertaken to further the use of online content or service. Subject Associations; Education Centres; History In-service; Geography In-service; CAO; French.ie </li></ul>Scoilnet cont.
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    24. 24. Digital Content & Software <ul><li>Activities/Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Software Central to provide relevant advice to teachers on how to use software effectively in teaching and learning e.g. Software Evaluations ; Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and support the implementation of software libraries in education centres </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in the development and promotion of software workshops focusing on the use of software in teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiate software licensing deals and structures for schools e.g. Star Office </li></ul><ul><li>Explore models for the development of curricular relevant content e.g. Library Council </li></ul><ul><li>Establish strategic partnerships with industry and other relevant agencies in the development of digital content e.g. RTÉ ; PCSP;NCCA; INTEL </li></ul>Objective To support the use, application and development of digital content project partnerships and through the evaluation and development of digital materials and resources (including software).
    25. 25. <ul><li>Activities/Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate and develop school based projects which explore the use and development of software and digital content e.g. River of Dreams </li></ul><ul><li>Work with NCCA in curriculum design & implementation e.g. Primary Guidelines for ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Development of closer links with partners involved in the delivery of in-service ensuring that the use of digital content is clearly linked with curriculum objectives in the introduction of new syllabi e.g. PCSP; HIST; Geography; SESS; Technology Subjects, INTO </li></ul><ul><li>On going research on developments in digital content and it’s use </li></ul><ul><li>General promotion and awareness raising </li></ul><ul><li>Representation on working groups in NCCA and other steering committees </li></ul>Digital Content and Software (cont.)
    26. 26. Building and accessing content <ul><li>strategy for content acquisition and development. </li></ul><ul><li>acquisition of online reference libraries /data files </li></ul><ul><li>agreed approach with NCCA on metatagging and content identification methodologies. </li></ul><ul><li>Purchase access to tagged educational data files </li></ul><ul><li>Direct development of exemplary content </li></ul><ul><li>Outputs from projects and inservice courses </li></ul>
    27. 27. Special Educational Needs (SEN) & ICT <ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>to support the inclusion of SEN in all NCTE initiatives and to undertake activities targeted at SEN </li></ul><ul><li>Activities/Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Provision of advice and support for teachers on ICT and its use in the classroom (note: capital funds targeted SEN): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>web-based info, advice and resources (NCTE website) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hard copy publications (e.g. special needs information and advice book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dyslexia DVD in cooperation with DES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>via other NCTE initiatives, e.g. software evaluations </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. SEN & ICT (cont.) <ul><li>Development of a range of ICT & special needs teacher training courses (seven courses developed) </li></ul><ul><li>Support of school based innovative projects with a special needs dimension, e.g., </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Laptops Initiative (DVD, book and website in development) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>KidSmart Early Learning Programme, in association with IBM </li></ul></ul><ul><li>4. Provision of access to special needs curricular resources and SEN info. via Scoilnet </li></ul>
    29. 29. Innovative projects/SIP <ul><li>Objective </li></ul><ul><li>To foster the innovative use and integration of ICT in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Activities/Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Over 80 school based projects exploring the ICT applications, pedagogy and/or resources </li></ul><ul><li>support from education partners and industry </li></ul><ul><li>To inform, resource development, suggest new pedagogic strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Disseminate good practice and inform professional development </li></ul><ul><li>Build capacity to innovate and project manage ICT-led innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-school networking & collaboration </li></ul>
    30. 30. Kidsmart
    31. 31. www.softwarecentral.ie
    32. 32. www.imagebank.ie
    33. 33. maps.scoilnet.ie