BOWEN Public School students will now have access to word-class technology after they unveiled more over 100 brand new XO 1 education laptop computers on Monday.
K2 assistant principal Danika Day said students from kindergarten through to year 3 will each have access to the laptops in a move she claims is one of the biggest and most exciting new concepts at the school.
“We’ve had lots of great things at this school but any time we can get 112 new computers that will benefit our students immensely is a great day for the school,” she said.
“We don’t normally get a lot of parents come through the gates at school but with the new computers they’ve all wanted to come and have a look and the kids get into class and all they want to do is use the laptops.”
Ms Day said the biggest benefit of the new laptops was students at the school now had the best chance of learning as much as students at other wealthier schools in the region.
“It prepares the kids for learning and gives them the same chance of success as everyone else using the latest technology,” she said.
“No matter the child’s background, whether they have lots of money or access to computers, they will be able to come to school and use these laptops which are highly educational.”
Ms Day said the computers cost more than $40,000 to buy - with $30,000 funding coming from the Federal government through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program and the remainder through the Aboriginal Transitional Fund.
Teachers at the school have also received 15 hours training with the computers, ensuring they can help each student get the most out of this latest technology.
“They are really innovative and we’ve got training on how to use them and how to repair them if anything goes wrong,” she said.
“Eventually we’ll be able to design our own programs to suit individuals at our school.”