Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Primary students get tech-savvy for learning

    9/06/2016 10:30 AM
    • $20 million technology device program for public primary schools
    • Students to benefit from using devices in the classroom 

    Primary school students at hundreds of public schools across Western Australia are set to benefit from thousands of new tablets, laptops, desktop computers and accessories.


    Education Minister Peter Collier today announced 572 schools are receiving funding to purchase new hardware and software under the Liberal National Government's $20 million Primary Device Program 2016-17.


    "There is a growing evidence which shows the importance of developing students' digital literacy," Mr Collier said.


    "The recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation 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."


    The Minister 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.


    Schools are investing in new devices and accessories such as charging stations, trolleys, power boards and monitors, with school funds matched dollar-for-dollar by the State Government up to a total of $20 million.


    "I am delighted with the success of this program, which is in addition to more than $30 million in ICT upgrades in Western Australian schools," Mr Collier said.


    Fact File

    • 218 other public schools are also being upgraded to the Department of Education's Standard Operating Environment ($15.6 million)
    • Internet bandwidth is being maximised in public schools ($10.4 million)
    • Extra wireless infrastructure is being installed in public schools ($6.7 million) 

    Minister's office - 6552 6300


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