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ISSN : 2811- 6224

The edtech revolution is shifting into overdrive as arrives in Ireland and Google’s Gemini attempts to steal the spotlight from ChatGPT. The EU AI Act was passed, aiming to promote trustworthy AI in education by setting clear guardrails around privacy, bias, oversight, transparency, and safety of systems that could impact students' learning outcomes or opportunities.

Bridging the digital divide still remains a priority, with €50M being made available by the Department of Education to digitally empower all students. Little wonder that major tech giants are striving to control the lucrative edtech market, but it should be remembered that there are many home-grown EdTech solutions that are worth serious consideration for this expenditure. 

In this issue, our first feature focuses on Intel's Skills for Innovation (SFI) Platform, a comprehensive framework and platform designed to equip educators with the tools and resources essential for seamlessly integrating technology-infused learning experiences into their curriculum. We explore the various components of the SFI framework, including the Starter Packs, Professional Development courses, and the vibrant SFI Community.

We shine the spotlight on the Junior Entrepreneur Programme (JEP), a remarkable initiative that has provided more than 100,000 primary school pupils in Ireland with the opportunity to experience practical, real-life business learning. 

Under their teacher’s guidance, and with the inspiration of a network of nationwide entrepreneurs, children discover their strengths as individuals and as part of a team. They choose, invest in, and produce their own product or service from scratch, all the way to making it available for sale at a school-hosted JEP Showcase Day.

The Junior Entrepreneur Programme is a testament to the transformative power of entrepreneurial education. It’s an initiative that is shaping the future leaders and innovators of Ireland and the world, one classroom at a time.

In addition, we introduce you to the EdTech Ireland Network and its 100+ member companies, who are at the forefront of the EdTech revolution, harnessing the power of technology to shape the future of teaching and learning. We showcase some of the innovative Irish EdTech companies and their groundbreaking solutions.


Finally, we highlight Irish developed Kells Class, a pioneering learning management system (LMS) tailored for online English education, designed to overcome the specific challenges faced by educators and students worldwide.

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