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The SPEAR Project (Special Education Assessment and Resource Centre) (SIP067)
This project established an ICT educational services centre providing resources and support to all those involved in special needs education. It enabled them to access modern technology in order to enhance the lives of those with disabilities.
18 months
Lead Organisation
Scoil Mhuire, Co. Offaly
Project Aims
  • To provide teachers in mainstream and special education with access to educational software and assistive technology for evaluation purposes.
  • To deliver teacher development and in-service courses at all levels of education.
  • To coordinate research and evaluation of classroom methodologies and practices.
  • To organise support and assistance for parents in the education of children with special needs.
  • To investigate whether ICT-mediated education enhances student achievement.
  • To develop links with other professionals, such as assessment, occupational therapy, child guidance and educational psychologists.
  • To establish contacts with the wider community for project-based training, investment and support.
Indicative Outcomes
  • A structure for supporting teachers and parents in a way that ensures that ICT is not just for the favoured few.
  • Support for children in remedial education and all those with special educational needs, which would become part of an action plan to use ICT to fight illiteracy and disadvantage.
  • ICT-related activities for disadvantaged children, such as a computer club, evening activities, summer schools and other incidental projects in schools.
  • A coordinated approach to the provision of services for the implementation of IT 2000 in special education in the Midlands.
  • A platform for the community to become involved and ensure that each child receives the full benefit of the use of modern technology in education.
  • A local, national and international network of communication in special education.
  • Dissemination of information and good practice.
  • Publication of research and development in ICT and Special Education.
Participating Schools
Ballinamere NS, Co. Offaly
Castlecuffe NS, Co. Offaly
Colaiste Choilm, Co. Offaly
Geashill NS, Co. Offaly
Killina Presentation Secondary School, Co. Offaly
Lumcloon NS, Co. Offaly
Rochfortbridge Convent Primary School, Co. Westmeath
St Colman's College, Co. Cork
St Patrick’s NS, Co. Westmeath
Scoil Cholmcille, Co. Offaly
Further Information

SIP is an initiative of the National Centre for Technology in Education
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