IPPN director Seán Cottrell was among the speakers at the first major business event of The Gathering 2013, held in Cork on January 22.
Addressing the Irish Technology Leadership Group summit, Seán Cottrell, director of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), called on the Government to set targets for creating an IT-based curriculum.
“The Government should set targets for the delivery of an IT-based curriculum where the teaching of each subject is mainly delivered by means of technology,” he said.
“It could start by committing to the teaching of a single subject through technology – science or maths, for example – from junior infants through to the Junior Certificate.”
Cottrell noted that we need to examine how science and maths are taught in primary schools, with a new emphasis on the real-life application of textbook learning,
“It may also be time to seriously consider introducing foreign languages in the primary school curriculum, not least since the absence of a second or third language is among the labour market barriers,” he added.
(Source: Irish Independent)