06/02/2012

Every second level school in Clare to get high speed broadband in 2012 – <Conway>

6th February 2012

 Clare Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway, has welcomed the news that all second level schools in Clare will have high speed broadband installed this year. This is part of a national programme to install high speed broadband in every second level school in Ireland by 2014 which has been jointly announced by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Department of Education. 

Clare is one of 14 counties in which every school will have high speed broadband installed in 2012 as these counties currently have the lowest average broadband speeds for schools. Under this programme all second-level schools will have 100 Mbps (megabytes per second) broadband installed by the end of 2014 – 200 in 2012, 200 in 2013 and the final 250 schools in 2014.

“I am delighted that County Clare has been selected to have the high speed broadband installed in its second level schools this year. We have always been last in the queue when it comes to broadband so I am glad that this Government is doing something to redress the balance.

“The following schools in Clare will have broadband installed this year:

Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon

Ennistymon Vocational School

Meánscoil Na mBráithre, Ennistymon

Rice College, Ennis

Coláiste Mhuire, Ennis

Ennis Community College

Shannon Comprehensive School

Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna

St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point

St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla

St. Michael’s Community College, Kilmihill

St. Joseph’s Community College, Kilkee

St. John Bosco Community College, Kildysart

Scariff Community College

St. Anne’s Community College, Killaloe

Kilrush Community School

“High speed broadband will help modernise the teaching and learning processes within schools in our county and will open up the schools to the rest of the world. By the end of the year students and teachers will be able to:

  • Share and collaborate online within their own school, with other schools and with universities;
  • Use video conferencing and Skype or other online communication tools;
  • Avail of online learning and teaching spaces such as Virtual Learning Environments (VLE’s) and blogs;
  • Explore the use of ICT in the learning and teaching process;
  • Avail of digital textbooks as the 100Mbps will facilitate classroom access.

“I firmly believe that this initiative will deliver significant long-term results from both an economic and social perspective.

“The roll out of high speed broadband has already been piloted in a number of schools and the results have been extremely positive. It is clear that the 100Mbps has had a very positive impact on learning and teaching in the schools which have made enormous progress in ICT integration in their classrooms within a very short timeframe. Students and teachers are now able to draw on a huge variety of quality information resources.”