Communication Using E-mail
At this stage in the project all eight SIP Primary Schools are communicating
with the Education Centre and with each other on a daily basis.
All school co-ordinators are notified about SIP meetings via E-mail.
Principals are contacted in a similar manner. All contributions to the
project are sent as attachments via E-mail.
In the initial stages of the project there were problems communicating
in this way. Some schools had problems getting E-mails in or out of
their Networks. These problems were inherent in the initial set up of
the systems and were not resolved until the appointment of the technical
support company in February 2000. All schools are now satisfied with
the efficiency of their systems.
between Home and School
1999 all eight schools surveyed the parent population with a request
for a home E-mail address.
When the surveys were returned it was noted that approximately 40% of
homes were using E-mail. It must be pointed out that the two Special
Schools have a high proportion of the pupils resident outside the town
boundary. This group did not receive an Information Age Town P.C.
This 40% represents a fairly high proportion of users and reflects the
findings of the I.A.T. Evaluation Report published in October 2000.
In each school a sample of parents were contacted by E-mail with a view
to establishing links for further communication.
In the second phase of the project the Ennis schools intend to pursue
this area of home/school communication. It is noted that it will not
service the entire school population because of the number of parents
using E-mail. However, the project will put in place a forum for those
parents who want to establish links for learning and communication.
This will be developed fully in 2001.
Please contact the project at Ennis
SIP with any comments or ideas for the future.