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Digital Education Revolution delivered in NSW

Ministers:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard and NSW Minister for Education and Training, Verity Firth will today announce the delivery of the first laptops to secondary schools in New South Wales.

The Deputy Prime Minister and the NSW Minister for Education will visit a Year 9 class at Fairvale High School in Sydney’s west to see how the laptops will be integrated into the lesson.

The laptop deliveries signify the roll-out of the Rudd Government’s $2.2 billion Digital Education Revolution to NSW high schools.

Ms Firth said the laptops would revolutionise the nature of education and training and provide students with more access to technology than ever before.

“More than 200,000 devices will be distributed to NSW government school students over the life of this $386 million program.

“Because of this investment, students will be able to access more learning tools than ever before. They’ll be more computer literate and in the long-term more competitive in a global market.”

Ms Firth said the roll-out would begin with Year 9 students and for the next four years, each new Year 9 class in NSW government schools would receive a laptop.

“This is a gift for every government high school student in NSW—once they have finished Year 12, they can keep their laptop for good.”

Ms Firth said the Rees Government had worked extremely hard to provide the best possible product and software for NSW government schools.

“In a world first, Microsoft’s Windows 7 has been installed on every laptop which isalso equipped with $5,500 of the latest Microsoft and Adobe software and is wirelessly enabled to allow students to access the internet from anywhere within the school.

“NSW will also employ an additional 400 IT support officers to provide on-site assistance to students and teachers, providing more jobs in the current tough economic climate.

“The NSW Government has also invested $16 million over four years to provide secondary high school teachers with the same laptops, with another $10 million allocated for professional learning.

“The Digital Education Revolution complements the NSW Government’s four-year $693 million investment in providing state-of-the-art connected classrooms, computer labs and technology to NSW schools and TAFEs.

“The NSW Department of Education and Training has developed new world-class curriculum specific teaching and learning resources to be used with the laptops. The classroom as we know it has changed.”

The Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard welcomed the NSW Government’s commitment to the Digital Education Revolution.

“The Rudd Government is determined to ensure Australian students are equipped with the tools they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

“The Digital Education Revolution will help to bring our classrooms into the 21st Century.”