DOTIE Schools ICT Initiative

Developing VDI in Irish education. 

We are delighted to be working with Ascend Cloud solutions who are supporting a pilot program to examine cloud-based VDI in action in secondary schools. 

We hope that this program will show the benefits of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in an education environment.

More updates to follow.

Updated as of 

15th February 2021.

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.

Recently, we have trialled Raspberry Pi devices in the classroom and the outcome has been amazing. Through the use of a server, you can now install ICT devices in the classroom at a much lower cost than ever before. We have started a trial of a 'plug-and-play' system in a few houses as part of an external study. Results will be published once available.

We believe in developing Eduction Infrastructure As A Service (EIAAS) as we believe it can, and will, transform education.

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

  • Developing Education Infrastructure As A Service (EIAAS) Imagine a system where the entire education needs of Irish students are managed centrally. What if their online presenace was secured, updated and managed from the day they start secondary ...
    Posted 15 Feb 2021, 16:00 by Trevor Collins
  • BGS working with Ascend Cloud Solutions to develop a pilot program with VDI in Cork schools. Watch this space, BGS is delighted to be associated with Ascend Cloud Solutions to runa pilot program to test Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in schools in Cork city.The goal of ...
    Posted 23 Dec 2020, 11:37 by Trevor Collins
  • Developing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in schools. Please find attached an updated plan to help with a plan to develop Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in education. The goal is to make Ireland the best of the best for ...
    Posted 20 Jul 2020, 10:42 by Trevor Collins
  • Something to think about!!! Have a look at the attached PowerPoint and consider the points being raised. Imagine if a system existed that would help teaching and learning, help school management and all could ...
    Posted 20 Jul 2020, 10:35 by Trevor Collins
  • Imagine an ICT system that ticks all of the right boxes!!!! To whom it may concern,The following article outlines some of the benefits of adopting a cloud-based ICT infrastructure in education in Ireland. (A 5 minute read that may ...
    Posted 22 Sept 2019, 12:41 by Trevor Collins
  • 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
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