New com­put­ers open win­dow to new tech­nol­ogy skills

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Kelly Bell

Stu­dents at a Kal­go­or­lie pri­mary school have more than two dozen new com­put­ers to use in a pur­pose­built lab­o­ra­tory.

Af­ter three months of con­struc­tion, the new com­puter lab at North Kal­go­or­lie Pri­mary School was opened last week.

Deputy prin­ci­pal El­iz­a­beth Kerr said the school was pleased to have a state-of-the-art lab that in­creased the ac­cess and par­tic­i­pa­tion of stu­dents.

“Ev­ery­one is very ex­cited and en­thu­si­as­tic to be able to ac­cess this fa­cil­ity,” she said.

“We are wait­ing on a smart tele­vi­sion that will be in place of a smart board and will of­fer the abil­ity to trans­port the tech­nol­ogy to the un­der­cover area for as­sem­blies and out­door view­ing.”

When the Kal­go­or­lie Miner vis­ited ear­lier this week, the stu­dents were ex­cited to show off the new tech­nol­ogy.

The lab is filled with 30 new com­put­ers, and was paid for through the school’s bud­get.

With the school’s lan­guage teacher re­tir­ing next year and un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the abil­ity to em­ploy an­other lan­guage teacher, the school will con­sider of­fer­ing tech­nol­ogy as a spe­cial­ist area to teach skills to stu­dents and sup­port teach­ers to use the tech­nol­ogy in their class­rooms.

Pic­ture: Louise White

From right: Ha­ri­etta Su­liana, 7, Melya Hawira, 7, Jerome Tyler, 8, James Roberts, Emilee Stew­art and Sammy Gill, all 7, Alex Zhang, 8, and Ab­dul Ahad Khan, 7.

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