Gradam Scoileanna Digiteacha

Gaelcholáiste Phort Láirge has become one of the first schools in Europe to achieve European Digital Schools Awards status. The Digital Schools Awards European pilot programme is an initiative to promote and recognise the use of digital technology to deliver the best educational experience for pupils at secondary school level in Europe.

The Digital Schools Awards European programme was created to encourage and recognise innovation, collaboration and skills development in digital technology amongst schools. It is backed by the European Commissions’ Erasmus+ programme, national government bodies and leading technology companies led by HP.

Click on the awards below to learn more about the schools achievements.

Only 90 secondary schools across the continent were selected to take part in the initiative which is being piloted in five European countries namely Ireland, Lithuania, Scotland, Serbia and Slovenia and it is the first of its kind to be available across the continent.

Gaelcholáiste Phort Láirge is among the first schools in Ireland to receive the award which recognises and celebrates best practice in digital education.

The European Digital Schools Awards requires schools to use the European Commission’s SELFIE self-reflection tool to assess their digital learning and teaching practices and identified areas where improvements can be made. As part of the programme, teachers were given access to expert support and resources to help them develop their digital curriculum and ensure pupils are given the skills they need to navigate the modern world.

The European Digital Schools Awards programme also intends to open up dialogue across borders and create a growing community of digitally competent schools, where teachers can share learnings from different education systems.

Click here to learn more the European Digital Schools Awards programme.