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DOTIE Schools ICT Initiative

Updated as of 

26 Aug 2018

Technology is forever changing and a key problem of any school is to match the large demands of the school with the limited budget available.

Is there a system can tick most, if not all of the boxes that enables a school to use ICT to develop and improve teaching and learning within a school at a viable cost? 

We think so!

Our experience in developing ICT has gone through three phases.

Phase 1: The original / traditional ICT set-up of individual devices in classroom that must be updated individually.

Phase 2:This is Generation 1 of VDI in education.

Linking of PC's and devices to a central server. All user virtual machines, administration and updates managed centrally. The phase 2 model requires a teacher or technician to manage the ICT system. This can prove to be both expensive and time-consuming. We use a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure  (VDI) where software manages the individual virtual machines and applications in our school. 

Phase 3This is Generation 2 of VDI in education.

This is what we believe to be the future of ICT in education. This starts with a development in ICT infrastructure and we believe that by having a functional system, this will enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.

This new phase now has the server (which processes all virtual machines, data and applications) in the cloud. (Similar to the servers which process your Gmail accounts or web pages.) School no longer need to buy a server, pay for it's upkeep or require staff to maintain a server. You now have a cloud-based subscription system that you only pay for what you use. 

Schools no longer need to purchase expensive PC's, laptops or tablets. Since the external server does the processing, second-hand / old devices can now be used.

Original DOTIE website:

The original function of this website was to encourage businesses to donate old PC's to us so that we could refurbish them and then provide them for free to local primary schools for free.To date, we have allocated over 300 devices to 14 different local schools.

News Updates

  • Description of Generation 2 of VDI : Cloud-based VDI The  attached presentation was given at the 2018 annual general meeting of the Joint Managerial Body's ICT advisory group in June of this year.This presentation gives an overview ...
    Posted 26 Aug 2018, 08:34 by Trevor Collins
  • Dell Technologies article on VDI in education. Recent press release from Dell Technologies:https://irishtechnews.ie/dell-technologies-empowers-bandon-grammar-school-with-a-future-ready-classroom/
    Posted 27 Aug 2018, 10:49 by Trevor Collins
  • Irish Examiner article on VDI in education For your review:https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/cork-schools-cloud-system-has-silver-lining-to-reduce-costs-864135.html
    Posted 26 Aug 2018, 08:19 by Trevor Collins
  • HEAnet Conference talk Nov 2017 We are delighted to have been asked to speak at the HEAnet conference which takes place in Galway in early November.Our talk is based on 'Our story' which outlines ...
    Posted 9 Nov 2017, 01:27 by Trevor Collins
  • Meeting with key stakeholders. We expect to meet the Minister of Education & Skills and other key local stakeholders over the next few days to highlight the advantages of using Virtual Desktop Infrastructure as a ...
    Posted 6 Feb 2017, 14:48 by Trevor Collins
  • DOTIE supported by Cork Chamber of Commerce Thank you to the staff of Cork Chamber of Commerce for their support and helping to link us with local companies in order to help with our project.We hope ...
    Posted 13 Oct 2016, 13:38 by Trevor Collins
  • Link to presentation for CESI 2016 Having looked forward to going to Dublin and give a talk on our activities, fate (and weather) has gone against us and made the local roads close to impassable due ...
    Posted 26 Feb 2016, 23:18 by Trevor Collins
  • Guest Speakers at the 2016 CESI conference We are delighted to have been invited to speak at the 2016 CESI (Computers in Education Society of Ireland) annual conference which takes place on Feb 27th in Dublin. (http ...
    Posted 9 Feb 2016, 02:00 by Trevor Collins
  • Guest speakers at Teachmeet & Compass We have been busy with spreading the word on what we've been doing both in school and with our DOTIE activities. We are starting a new PC acquirement drive ...
    Posted 20 Nov 2015, 15:50 by Trevor Collins
  • DOTIE project - Award from it@cork and recent updates As a result of our work in the DOTIE project and in Bandon Grammar School, we were recently nominated and awarded the Excellence in Education in secondary schools for 2015 ...
    Posted 28 Oct 2015, 15:51 by Trevor Collins
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