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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

When investment pays off


Tonight I was in JLB Primary for the second instalment of Excel 2003. The school over the last year have made the jump to Dell computers from Apple. They have invested heavily, as Bill Miller the Head Teacher has a vision for equipping classrooms for the 21st century.

Part one of his project was to purchase a significant number of Dell laptops - all having the same operating system and software. Part two of his project is to kit out each room with an interactive whiteboard, sound system and ceiling mounted projector. This is now well underway, and hopefully next session there will be few rooms without.

What a difference this makes. The technology is up-to-date, and reliable.

Any investment of this level needs to be adequately supported - as a management team, they have ensured that there is a program of training in place for the staff to make good use of the technology.

The difference using technology can make to student motivation and attainment is marked. By focusing finance and attention on putting this technology in place means that the teachers in that particular school have the tools to do the job.

Now all we need to do is make sure the network and bandwidth are there at authority level in order for staff to run with it...

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