The Digital Learning Movement: How Should Irish Schools Respond?


  • Ann Marcus-Quinn University of Limerick
  • Tríona Hourigan
  • Selina McCoy The Economic and Social Research Institute and Trinity College DublinÿV


There is a significant movement towards digital learning internationally. However, policymaking in Ireland regarding the use of ICT in education, specifically second-level education, has been lacking. Students’ experience of technology at school varies hugely. The current debate has become device focussed rather than content focussed. This paper examines how the lack of clear policy by the Department of Education and Skills has led to resistance by many stakeholders in embedding the use of technology into schools, and particularly teaching and learning.