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New Frontiers Enterprise Ireland has called for aspiring entrepreneurs with an innovative business idea to apply for a place on its New Frontiers programme which offers funding of up to €15,000. Last year the New Frontiers National Entrepreneurship Development programme provided support to more than 120 new business ventures and a further €12.65 million is now being invested for the next three years of the programme. The programme which is delivered at local level by the institutes of Technology providing aspiring entrepreneurs with a range of supports including funding of €15,000, office space, mentoring and workshops to assist fast track their business development.

High Tech Technology Addressing an audience at the annual summit of the Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) in Cork Seán Cottrell, director of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN) said that technology should be used to improve teaching methods in primary school classrooms. The best way to establish Ireland as a hi-tech vanguard, according to Cottrell, is to invest in digital pedagogy. “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 said we need to reassess how science and maths are taught in primary schools and place a renewed emphasis on the real-life application of textbook learning. He also called for a greater commitment to educating students

in foreign languages. “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 labor market barriers often cited by employers.” Among the measures which IPPN are calling for are multi-annual budgets for technology in primary school classrooms, an integrated technologysupported curriculum and adequate professional development support for teachers in delivering digital pedagogy. “Our future will be in the knowledge economy, enabled by technology. We

need to invest in areas that will have a longer term dividend. That means creating a new generation of ‘digital natives’ in our classrooms and equipping them with the fundamental skills to analyze, listen, communicate, inquire, problem solve and team work. Teachers, too, must be properly resourced to deliver an integrated technology-supported curriculum,” Cottrell said.

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