New laptops for teachers

CHRISTMAS came in July for Year 9 teachers at Lismore High School after they were all given new laptop computers.

The delivery of the state-of-the-art wireless laptops last month is part of a roll-out by the NSW Government to complement the Federal Government's Digital Education Revolution, a $2.2 billion investment in schools over six years to prepare students to work in a digital world.

More than 9500 of the laptops have been distributed to Year 9 teachers across the State.

Lismore High School principal Peter Campbell said that having laptops in the classroom was essential for both the students and teachers.

“It's the very speed of access to a wide variety of teaching resources that should see the improvement of student learning outcomes that makes the laptops such a great teaching aid,” he said.

“I must say though, laptops don't and won't replace quality teaching practice.”

Mr Campbell said Year 9 students would go online with teachers in the classroom when they received their laptops in September.

Year 9 Science teacher, Paul Withers, said teachers using the same technology as students would give quieter students a chance to get involved.

“Using modern technology in the classroom is ideal for engaging students and widening their scope of study,” he said.

“It will provide them with new ways to research their work and interact with other students, as well as building relationships with teachers.”

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