Digital Schools Award – European Programme
Blackrock College Scoops Top European Award
for Digital Education Practices
Blackrock College is among the first in Ireland to be recognised under new European digital schools award
Blackrock College has become one of the first schools in Europe to achieve European Digital Schools Awards status.
Launched last year, 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.
Only 90 secondary schools across Europe were selected to take part in the initiative which is being piloted in five European countries namely Ireland, Lithuania, Scotland, Serbia and Slovenia.
To achieve European Digital Schools status, we had to demonstrate strong leadership in digital education and provide sufficient access to resources and infrastructure. The school culture, professional development strategies and teaching practices were also assessed as part of the submission.
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 identify areas where improvements can be made.
We congratulate Mr. Grumley-Traynor, Mr. Kelan O’Connell, Mr. John Montgomery, Ms. Yvonne Markey, Mr. Joseph Burikukiye and Ms. Elizabeth Roughneen who have led this project.