The Brumby Labor Government’s trial of revolutionary Apple iPads has begun at Sunbury Downs Secondary College with the arrival of more than 100 of the hi-tech gadgets.
Visiting the school today, Education Minister Bronwyn Pike said students at Sunbury Downs were among the first in the state to use the iPads as part of a groundbreaking trial of the technology at seven Victorian Government schools.
“The Brumby Labor Government is committed to providing Victorian students with the latest learning technology, which is why we are investing in 500 iPads, worth $629 each, so our kids have access to the best digital equipment,” Ms Pike said.
“This trial is great news for Sunbury Downs Secondary College Year 7 students who have received 104 multi-touch screen iPads that will allow them to connect with exciting learning opportunities and help them keep pace with learning in the digital age.
“The school shares our commitment to creating an innovative learning environment that gives students the confidence to achieve and this exciting new project will help achieve that.”
The six other schools participating in the unique trial are Dimboola Memorial Secondary College,
Epsom Primary School, Manor Lakes P-12 Specialist College, Ringwood North Primary School,
Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and Westall Secondary College.
“In addition to the seven schools, the RCH Education Institute is also participating in the trial to allow children battling illness to stay connected to their school and classmates,” Ms Pike said.
“The iPad will take its place in the classroom alongside netbooks, interactive whiteboards and our revolutionary online learning portal – the Ultranet.”
Member for Macedon, Joanne Duncan MP, said this exciting trial of iPad technology is another demonstration that education remains the top priority of the Brumby Labor Government.
“I’m sure the Year 7 students at Sunbury Downs Secondary College will find creative and innovative ways to use the iPads in the classroom to expand their learning horizons”, Ms Duncan said.