Belmay Primary School gets a digital boost from State Govt


Belmont MLA Glenys Godfrey and Year 6 Belmay Primary School students Sarah Moses and Cooper Ver Meulen checking out some new iPads.
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Belmont MLA Glenys Godfrey and Year 6 Belmay Primary School students Sarah Moses and Cooper Ver Meulen checking out some new iPads. Picture: Jon Hewson d455578

BELMAY Primary School students got a boost to their digital problem-solving abilities after receiving new tablets and computers as part of the State Government’s $20 million Primary Device Program.

Music teacher Megan Klaver has been leading the introduction of new digital technologies at the school.

“We have already seen a huge uptake of skills by students,” Ms Klaver said.

“Our teachers have been implementing iPads in their classrooms through the use of apps like Pages, Numbers, Popplet and Book Creator to create imaginative and insightful solutions to information use.

“The vital change in our ethos has been that our digital technologies can enhance the way that information is presented and used by our students.”

She said the small changes had been easy to implement.

“We’ve begun to understand just how important these types of digital problem-solving skills are to our students’ ability to gain jobs that haven’t even been invented yet,” she said.

Belmont MLA Glenys Godfrey said access to IT devices was incredibly important in developing students’ digital literacy.

Along with other new devices, funding has also allowed for the purchase of accessories for the school, such as charging stations, trolleys, power boards and monitors.

Education Minister Peter Collier said a recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development report, Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection, supported the use of IT in schools so children could learn the skills they needed to succeed in the future.

Belmay Primary is one of eight schools to get the new devices in the City of Belmont.