As children become more and more tech-savvy, parents and teachers face the challenge of keeping up with the latest technology.

A group of primary school teachers in Co. Westmeath have gone back to school to master the world of the computer, and equip themselves with the necessary tools to educate themselves and their pupils.

Tutor Ann Connaghton describes the main challenge as removing the fear of computers that some teachers have. The course is organised by the Athlone Education Centre who recognised that a knowledge gap existed. This report features both teachers and pupils with varying levels of computer literacy.

Mary Fanning also visits the pupils of St. Johns National School, a small rural school in Lecarrow South Roscommon, with just 33 pupils who are staying ahead of the game when it comes to technology. They have even managed to contact President McAleese via the internet.

'Nationwide' presenter Michael Ryan introduces this report by Mary Fanning, which was broadcast on 26 February 1999.

Computers and Learning