By becoming a Digital School of Distinction, you will:

  • Increase student engagement and motivation
  • Create an up-to-date learning environment
  • Foster attitudes and skills necessary for the future workplace
  • Prepare students to be productive members of society
Schools that achieve the Award get:
  • Access to an ICT support network
  • Links with other schools in Ireland
  • A nationally recognised award
  • Opportunities for local publicity
  • Improved learning environment

Other incentives include:

  • A HP laptop with Microsoft software including Windows 8, software and educational apps
  • Access to an education ICT advisor
  • Support forum for DSoD Schools
  • Participation in many Department of Education and Skills, Professional Development Service for Teachers and National Council for Curriculum and Assessment initiatives
National and International Connections:
  • Free training on Open Discovery Space (ODS Academies) Portal and Web 2.0 tools and open educational resources (OER) for awarded schools via DSoD Community
  • European-wide support network for teachers, including updates on Comenius-funded courses for teachers abroad
  • Options for participation in EU research projects
  •  Facilitate via ODS interschool collaborations across Europe
  • Facilitate European Key Competency Framework training for teachers via TRANSIt and KeyCoNet