New tech for NSW schools
Hundreds of regional schools in NSW will share in $366 million worth of tech upgrades.
The state government's Rural Access Gap (RAG) investment will see new laptops and smartboards in classrooms, faster internet, and access to other equipment for over 1,000 regional and rural schools.
“I want every student learning at our schools in regional NSW to enjoy the same opportunities as their metro peers,” NSW Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said.
“This investment in technology will provide students and teachers learning in the regions with more opportunities than ever before. Students can access subjects previously only available in larger schools, and teachers have additional support and a broad library of professional development options.”
Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said this program would provide teachers with laptops, improve student device ratios and allow all regional schools to be upgraded with high-speed access.
“High-performance, web-conference tools will allow our regional students and teachers to use a mix of telepresence and on-site teaching resources, which will push them into endless development and curriculum possibilities,” Mr Dominello said.
The RAG funding will be provided to 82 schools in Term 2 this year, but the remaining schools should be upgraded by mid-2023.