NSW schools get touchscreen whiteboards

NSW schools get touchscreen whiteboards

Summary: 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.

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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.

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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.

Topics: Government, Government AU

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  • Wouldn't it be better to go appletv, iPad, projector? Much easier to upgrade and maintain the individual parts? And I assume much cheaper?
    Minipower62
  • I doubt this had anything to do with the NSW DET. All the Interactive Whiteboards (IWB)'s they currently have are SMARTBoards. SMARTBoards are easier to manage because its essentially a windows or mac computer with a bit of software on it and can be managed just like all other computers on the school network.
    britto89
  • http://speirs.org/blog/2011/3/29/ipad-as-digital-whiteboard.html

    But I guess that will never happen because our students are saddled with crappy netbooks with crappy screens and crappy keyboards. They can't even use their social networks on them while they are at home while connected to their home network!
    So (sorry I'm on a mini-rant now) families will still need to buy their own (additional) computer so that their kids won't be left out of all the social networks and other blocked places that their friends will be using.

    GGrrrr....
    jeroenps