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Digital age hits schools

Saturday, 14th March, 2015

Sacred Heart Parish Primary School Captains Thomas Kennedy and Piper Dwyer with Director of Catholic Education Anthony Morgan at the launch of new ‘Chromebook’ laptops for every student yesterday. PICTURE: Erica Visser Sacred Heart Parish Primary School Captains Thomas Kennedy and Piper Dwyer with Director of Catholic Education Anthony Morgan at the launch of new ‘Chromebook’ laptops for every student yesterday. PICTURE: Erica Visser

By Erica Visser

The pesky task of laminating books at the beginning of every school year may soon be dead and buried.

The digital age has hit primary schools, including Sacred Heart Parish Primary, which officially launched a new system yesterday afternoon.

Each child from Year One onwards will use a laptop by Google called a Chromebook to complete schoolwork at school and at home.

Director of Catholic Education for the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese, Anthony Morgan, introduced the new system during a ceremony yesterday as part of Catholic Schools Week.

“For us out here in outback NSW there are so many great things but this just allows so many other worlds to open up,” said Mr Morgan.

“The other side is the students’ future is going to be digital so it’s really important they get to use this equipment now.

“I think that even if (parents) can’t switch on a computer, they understand that their child lives in a digital world.”

Parents will contribute $3.50 a week over three years towards the Chromebooks and if they have more than three or more children at the school they will only need to pay for $7 a week.

The children’s schoolwork will be stored digitally, in cloud storage, so it can be accessed from anywhere.

Principal Trevor Rynne said parents had been very supportive of the technology rollout, with plans to hold lessons to encourage the whole family to get involved.

“Now we know every child has their own device at home. All of the parents are excited; I haven’t heard a negative word,” Mr Rynne said.

The school had invested in more than 100 of the Chromebooks, Mr Rynne said.

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