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Dundalk Learning Network (SIP059)
Dundalk Learning Network involves the use of web-based technologies to enhance communication between 17 local schools and between the schools and the wider community. The backbone of the project is a core of innovative technology solutions, housed in a framework called Wired for Learning, which is tailored specifically to address local needs.
Duration
2 years (ongoing)
Lead Organisation
John Rust/Dundalk Learning Network, Dundalk
Project Aims
  • To enhance the educational experience for teachers, students, parents and the wider community.
  • To explore the potential of ICT, and in particular Web-based technology, as a tool in developing educational resources and curriculum delivery generally.
  • To develop the concept of the school as an outreach to the community and to enhance the participation of the wider community in school life.
  • To develop the image of Dundalk as a showcase in the innovative use of technology.
Indicative Outcomes
  • The project will create a technology infrastructure and establish the relevant supports to deliver a closed intranet for Dundalk.
  • An effective technological infrastructure will be created in each of the project schools.
  • A support centre for the project will be created in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT).
  • A curriculum development team will develop a series of curriculum initiatives.
  • The project will record and disseminate good practice in using ICT in developing cross-curricular projects.
  • Existing international links will be enhanced and new ones will be developed with a view to sharing experiences, models of curriculum integration, and other resources.
  • To maximise the benefits to the project schools and to the wider community, the project will develop a means by which local businesses can use the DLN for advertising, communication, sharing information, and other general use.
  • A model will be developed to facilitate the addition of other schools to the project once the pilot phase has been completed.
Participating Schools
Coláiste Rís, Dundalk
O'Fiaich College, Dundalk
Redeemer Boys National School, Dundalk
St Brigid's Special School, Dundalk
St Joseph's NS, Dundalk
St Louis' Secondary School, Dundalk
St Vincent's Secondary School, Dundalk
Bush Post Primary School, Co. Louth
Castletown Girls’ School, Dundalk
De La Salle College, Dundalk
Dundalk Grammar School, Dundalk
Gael Scoil Dhún Dealgan, Co. Louth
Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Dundalk
Shelagh NS, Dundalk
St Mary's College, Co. Wicklow
St Oliver Plunkett NS, Co. Louth
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