GDK would like to welcome you back after the Christmas Break and wish you and your staff and pupils a very Happy New Year.
You are by now no doubt aware that Minister Bruton has just announced ICT infrastructure Grants for Primary and Post-Primary schools. This investment marks the start of the implementation of the government's €210 Million Digital Strategy for Schools. Announcing the Digital Strategy ICT Infrastructure Grant for 2016/2017, the Minister said he is pleased to confirm that the grant is worth approximately:
€4,000 for a 100 pupil primary level school
and €11,000 for a 500 pupil primary level school
€15,000 for a 500 student post-primary school
and over €27,000 for a 1,000 student post-primary school
Some examples of the infrastructure that schools can purchase with this funding are:
Teaching Computers/shared student computers. These may include desktop PCs, Laptops, Tablets or hybrid devices.
Projectors including short throw or ultra-short throw, long throw, interactive, or interactive flat screens - such as the Promethean Activ Panel.
Cloud based tools and applications to support learning. These platforms would generally be cloud-based applications used to support the teaching and learning process, an example would be MS Office 365
Networking equipment (e.g. fixed and wireless networking, and including cabling, switches and installation). A managed Wireless solution such as Aruba would be an example of this.
We would be delighted to meet with you to advise you as to how you could optimise your use of your school's grant in order to compliment the school's existing ICT Strategy.
To assist you further the DES has released a circular that you should read -
Circular 0001/2017 - Grant Scheme For ICT Infrastructure - 2016-2017 School Year
If you would like us to arrange for one of our representatives to call out to meet you to discuss your ICT requirements, ring 01-2166970 or