COMPUTER giant Dell is to open an e-learning centre in St Gabriel’s School in Dooradoyle.
As part of this tie-in, Dell will provide a range of devices, including Dell Inspiron laptops and Dell XPS tablets to the school.
The programme will run for three years, and is aimed at improving access to technology, and improved computer literacy skills.
Teachers at the school - which supports youngsters with a variety of sensory and learning difficulties - will in turn be trained in the use of the software.
Timmy O’Dwyer, Limerick site leader, Dell Ireland, said: “Given technology is part of everything we do in our daily lives ICT education is crucial in providing students with the best possibilities for the future.”
“We feel that St Gabriel’s and gain huge advantage from the additional ICT resources. We look forward to engaging with the schools over the coming three years, and supporting them through provision of tutoring and hardware support where necessary,” he added.
At St Gabriel’s, Dell has teamed up with social enterprise firm Camara, which will provide the computers to the school.
Staff will be training in using interactive whiteboards, as well as top-of-the-range software.
The training will be ongoing for the three years the partnership remains in place.
Cathy Cooper, acting principal at St Gabriel’s said the partnership was a “lovely surprise” - and the school would not have been able to afford this equipment itself.
“It is extremely welcome. There are no grants for computing in schools at the moment. As our hardware got older, naturally we had problems with it, and we had to replace it out of our own pockets. This has been a welcome relief to us,” she said.
Ms Cooper said because the new software is touch-screen, it will really help the children at the school.
“A lot of our children do not understand that if you press a button on a mouse, or wiggle it, something happens, whereas if you touch it and something happens immediately, they learn a lot more,” the acting principal explained.