EDUCATION Minister Peter Collier distributed 200 iPad Air devices to Challis Community Primary School students as part of a $20 million statewide program to help improve literacy and numeracy skills last week.
Principal Louise O’Donovan said the iPads could help students reinforce their understanding of fundamental literacy and numeracy concepts and skills using engaging and interactive apps that give them immediate feedback.
“Our teachers can customise applications to match the instructional needs of each child, so students are able to learn at their own level and pace,” Ms O’Donovan said.
She said the school’s long-term technology plan was for each student to have an iPad in their classroom accessed only by them.
“On their iPad they can create and monitor goals, track their individual data, store and file assessments, and use other valuable applications,” she said.
Mr Collier said there was growing evidence highlighting the importance of developing students’ digital literacy.
“The recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report, ‘Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection’, makes the case for technology in schools so children can learn the skills they need to succeed in the future,” he said.
The technology would be integrated carefully into learning programs.
“When part of a balanced education program, IT devices can be powerful tools for helping students improve their literacy and numeracy skills,” he said.
More than 570 public primary schools received funding to purchase new tablets, laptops, software and accessories under the State Government’s $20 million Primary Device Program 2016-17.