I'm looking for information on how Irish schools, at primary and secondary level, deal with/utilise smartphones in the classroom, and whether there are clear and consistent guidelines as to what to do/say that are put forward by the Dept of Educaiton and Skills.
I can see there are broad strokes, such as the Statement of Strategy 2019-2021, which (on p.12) says that:
|We will support education providers to help learners to develop social and emotional competence, in order to build resilience, self-efficacy and empathy, mindful of the challenges faced in the modern world, including those posed by the use of technology.|
Eslsewhere, the Dept has committed to utilising digital technology in the classroom, but digital technology encompasses a wide range of devices and resources, and I have struggled to find more detailed device-specific guidelines.
For example, is it common practice to introduce the theme of online bullying, or smartphone addiction as part of the curriculum, and if so, are there guidelines on the finer details of how this should be done, and where do I find them, and where can I find the curriculum itself.
Or does the Dept leave it at the broad strokes, and it's up to each school to develop the finer details?