New IPPN publication - Left to their own devices: Trends in ICT at primary school level

Left to their own devices brings together research findings about the availability and use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Irish primary schools in recent years. It is framed in a broader context of national investment in ICT infrastructure in primary schools and policy related to the use of ICT in classrooms over this period.

The report is mainly based on data from successive cycles of the National Assessments and two large international studies of achievement: Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). These major studies provide trend data, allow some international comparison, and permit links between access to and use of ICT in the school, classroom, and home. The report covers policies, funding, an overview of research findings relating to ICT resources in schools, ICT resources in the home, use of ICT in the classroom as well as ICT usage in the home. It also provides an outline of the author’s considerations for the future.

The author of the report is Dr Eemer Eivers. Eemer is currently on secondment from the Educational Research Centre, where she is Research Fellow. This report was written in a personal capacity for IPPN.

The report is now available on the home page of and also under Advocacy/Publications.

Click here to view the report

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