Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Investment in mobile classrooms for the future

    9/12/2015 1:30 PM
    • Faster internet and new devices on the way
    • $32.7 million investment in technology in schools
    • $20 million for primary school computer device program

    A major investment in Western Australian school technology will see students and teachers able to use their wireless devices around campuses - essentially having completely mobile classrooms.


    Education Minister Peter Collier said bandwidth in all public schools would be optimised, additional wireless access points would be installed and more laptops and tablets would be available for primary students.


    "This multimillion dollar investment in technology is vital for life today, and will become even more essential for students into the future," Mr Collier said.


    "With schools turning to online content, there is increasing demand for and dependency on high-quality, high speed internet connections."


    A $10.4 million investment will see networks in all schools fitted with technical solutions that automatically adjust to maximise existing bandwidth.


    This will be complemented by the installation of additional wireless access points in schools at a cost of $6.7 million.


    The final rollout of the Standard Operating Environment (SOE) to the remaining 218 schools will also occur, at a cost of $15.6 million.


    The State Government has also committed to a dollar-for-dollar investment of $20 million to support primary students to become more digitally competent.


    "The State Government will match the investment by schools to ensure they have up-to-date devices for students," Mr Collier said.


    "This investment will also support work being done nationally for the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy to go online by 2019."


    Fact File

    • School internet downloads have more than tripled in the past two years
    • Optimisation technology testing in schools has shown reduction of bandwidth volume of up to 70%
    • 572 schools are currently on the SOE platform

    Minister's office - 6552 6300