Six Dawesville public primary schools to get new laptops and tablets

Six Dawesville public primary schools to get new laptops and tablets

STUDENTS at six public primary schools around Dawesville are set to benefit from new tablets, laptops, desktop computers and accessories from the State Government’s $20 million Primary Device Program.

Dawesville MLA Kim Hames said local schools were among 575 primary schools across WA receiving funding to buy new hardware and software.

“Access to technology like this is incredibly important in developing students’ digital literacy,’’ he said.

“When part of a balanced education program, devices such as tablets and laptops can be powerful tools for improving students skills.” he said.

Along with the new devices, which include iPads and desktop computers, funding will also cover the purchase of accessories such as charging stations, trolleys, power boards and monitors.

The Primary School Device Program is a dollar for dollar investment by the State Government that provides primary students in public schools with devices and technology to support their learning.

It also supports the move online of the National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) being introduced across Australia in a phased approach starting in 2017.

In 2019, all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will complete NAPLAN online.

The recent Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 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.