NSW schools get touchscreen whiteboards

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli today announced that 1000 of the state's 1200 primary schools are set to receive new touchscreen, interactive whiteboards for the classroom.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell and Education Minister Adrian Piccoli today announced that 1000 of the state's 1200 primary schools are set to receive new touchscreen, interactive whiteboards for the classroom.

Blackboard

Say farewell to the humble blackboard, boys and girls ...(Game dev image by Tim Lucas, CC BY 2.0)

The $23 million investment will see 4300 Panasonic and Electroboard Solutions interactive whiteboards rolled-out to schools around NSW.

"With this technology, teachers can personalise lessons, use a variety of media and access information from online learning programs on sites such as NASA — all without leaving the classroom," said O'Farrell in a statement.

The Premier added that schools will receive the interactive whiteboards based on their learning needs.

Piccoli said that anything that could be done on a computer could be done on the new whiteboards, and said that they would help students and teachers connect with other schools around the world.

"Interactive whiteboards transform the learning process and prepare students to work in a connected, digital world," he said.

The Premier expects the roll-out to be completed by the start of term one next year.

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