Connect School Evaluation Report

Connect School Evaluation Report
The Connect School Evaluation Report Launch
The Connect School Evaluation Report will be launched today by Eamon Ryan T.D., Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in the Big Picture, Tallaght. The Evaluation was carried out by FGS and Dr Conor Galvin, UCD School of Education.

The Connect School Project is now approaching its final year, next September with the roll-out to incoming first years, all students in the school will have laptops. In conjunction with the wireless internet access and the Virtual Learning Environment - St Aidan's is one of the most progressive teaching environments in the country. There are great benefits and challenges inherent in such an ambitious project and these issues are well developed and drawn out by the Evaluation Report. Anyone working in the field of education with an interest in 21st Century teaching and learning will be very interested to read this report.

St. Aidan's Community School, Brookfield, Tallaght is also one of the 78 post-primary schools nationally to benefit from the 100 Mb Broadband for Schools initiative. This was made possible through a partnership between the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, the NCTE, HeaNet and the Higher Education Authority. For more info on this initiative see the NCTE website. Having this type of broadband capacity available to St Aidan's means that rich media content, including audio, video and interactive resources can be used effectively in the Classroom.

The full Evaluation Report will be available online once it is launched.

Watch out for a short film on the Connect School Project which will be available here once the Evaluation Report has been launched.

Launch of Connect School Evaluation

A full Evaluation of the Connect School Project has been carried out by Farrell Grant Sparks over the past two years. The Evaluation Report is now complete and will be launched by Minister Eamonn Ryan at an event in Tallaght next Friday the 28th of May. Further details will be posted as they are confirmed.
The Evaluation Report makes very interesting reading for anyone concerned with the futrure of education practice. It notes some very positive results, both quantative and qualitative, and makes useful recommendations for the implemenation of ICT in Education in general, and for one-to-one computing in particular.
The Connect School Evaluation Report will be made available on the web when launched.