In 1997 Kilkenny were
runners up in the Information Age Towns Competition which
was sponsored by Telecom Eireann (now Eircom). The prize fund
of £1,000,000 was awarded to Kilkenny. As a result Kilkenny
Information Age Ltd. was established in order to position
Kilkenny at the forefront of ICT developments and to create
an awareness and competency whereby people of all ages and
from all social groupings can benefit from the goals of the
information age society. In
February of 1999, the Department of Education and Science
through NCTE and Kilkenny
Information Age Ltd. formed a partnership to encourage
the use and evaluation of ICT in Education. There are eight
projects in total. 10 primary, 6 secondary and 3 special schools
in the Kilkenny city area are participating in at least one
of these projects.
These projects are confined to those schools in the Kilkenny
City area. It is intended that the various projects will run
from July-99 to June 2001.
primary, post-primary and special education teachers to use
To empower them to integrate ICT into the curriculum.
To facilitate them to share their experiences within the Kilkenny
teaching community initially and ultimately with the national
teaching community and wider public.
the educational community an increased opportunity to access
and participate in the information society that we are living
Identifying the skills required and providing the necessary
training to teachers.
Supporting a culture of openness and sharing among the teaching
Providing students with alternative ways of learning.
Increasing student motivation and self-esteem.
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from the implementation of these projects will:
Determine whether programmes associated with the projects
are deemed suitable for replication nationally.
Measure and evaluate the effectiveness of ICT as a curriculum
Develop and evaluate a set of curriculum resources, pedagogic
strategies and classroom management models for curriculum
integration in post primary, primary and special needs schools.
Enhance the level of ICT awareness amongst teachers and students
in the participating schools.
The SIP projects will provide a managed approach to the introduction
of ICT into the schools curriculum.
It is also envisaged that the outcomes of some of these projects
maybe of benefit in the wider community.