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Cooma North Public School in the first rollout of new country technology program
Monday, 7th August 2017
Cooma North Public School will take part in the first rollout of a major upgrade to wireless connectivity as part of the $46 million Connecting County Schools program, Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor MLC announced today.
Mrs Taylor said the school will test the new technology and deployment model, which will deliver strong and extensive wireless services and improved access to online learning tools and resources.
“Our own Cooma North Public School has been selected to participate in the first rollout of the program, and the students will be able to test the technology as part of a large scale delivery” said Mrs Taylor.
“Cooma North Public School will be part of the exciting and revolutionary program which will help regional and remote students develop the knowledge they need to become engaged and enthusiastic learners, and to grow into capable and informed citizens, ready for jobs of the future.”
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the $46 million Connecting County Schools program will upgrade wireless connectivity in more than 13,000 learning spaces across 914 regional and remote NSW public schools, including some of the most isolated schools in our state.
“I am thrilled that our own local school will be part of the first round of the Connecting Country Schools program and will lead the way in this innovative project,” Mr Barilaro added.
“The NSW Government has committed $46 million to ensuring that our country kids have access to the same resources as everybody else.
“Thanks to the Connecting Country Schools program, students in these 914 schools will get fast and reliable access to online learning resources, allowing them to stream media, collaborate with other students online, and take technology outside of the classroom.
“Students will have wider access to catalogues, resources and learning materials via the new school library system and students enrolled in school-integrated TAFE courses will have improved access to online course materials.
“There will be benefits to the broader community as a result of these works that extend beyond the quality education and opportunities within the school gate. The Department of Education will partner with industry and local suppliers to deliver and support the solution, creating jobs in regional NSW and investing in communities.” Mr Barilaro said.