Young­sters get i-savvy

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS at the Yenu Al­lowah Early Child­hood Cen­tre have been given a head start af­ter be­ing granted a bun­dle of new learn­ing tech­nolo­gies.

The Mt Druitt cen­tre has part­nered with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Early Start ini­tia­tive, which fo­cuses on bring­ing about bet­ter out­comes for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

Yenu Al­lowah re­ceived four iPads, along with one gi­ant iPad and an in­ter­ac­tive white­board.

Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris­tine Fore­shaw said the kids were ben­e­fit­ing from the new tech­nol­ogy.

“They are re­ally en­joy­ing the equip­ment,” she said.

“Their cu­rios­ity is an­swered with the tech­nol­ogy and their abil­i­ties are ex- panded. Now we can have in­ter­ac­tive classes and com­mu­ni­cate with other classes from around Aus­tralia, and share ideas and ex­am­ples.”

The tech­nol­ogy, and as­so­ci­ated apps, open a world of op­por­tu­nity, such as ac­cess to vir­tual ex­cur­sions.

Staff will also ben­e­fit as they com­plete train­ing mod­ules on­line, as well as re­ceiv­ing resources.

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