School gets a dig­i­tal boost

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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. d455578

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

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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