Tweed students go hi-tech
TWEED students are lapping up their new notebooks.
Year 9 at Wollumbin High School received laptops this week as part of a nation-wide roll-out funded by Federal Government initiative, the Digital Education Revolution.
About 90 students received their new computers on Thursday night at an information seminar.
Principal Karen Connell said teachers and Year 9 students were looking forward to implementing the new computers in class.
“These new laptops will open up learning opportunities for both students and teachers,” Ms Connell said.
“They will promote an engaging and interactive style of learning.
“This is certainly an exciting time in the education of our students.”
The laptops arrived loaded with programs from Adobe and Microsoft.
Ms Connell said the laptops will be implemented in several ways.
“Science students will be able to access data logs on it, music students will be able to compose their music and research will be possible in an instant in class without having to go to the computer room,” she said.
“Teachers and students will always be finding other ways to use these laptops for their classwork however.
“Some textbooks will become unnecessary soon enough. In a sense these laptops will change the way students learn.
The Digital Education Revolution initiative began several months ago in term three.
Students who remain in the government school system to complete Year 12 will be eligible to keep their laptops.
NSW Education and Training minister Verity Firth said the laptops had been designed specifically to meet the needs of thestudents.
“The new laptops will be safe and secure, with filters to block inappropriate material and encoding to ensure they aren’t a target of theft,” Ms Firth said.