Chromebooks rolled out to years 4, 5 and 6 in ACT

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The ACT Government is extending its program of Chromebooks for secondary students to public school students in years 4, 5 and 6.

ACT public school students in years 4, 5 and 6 will receive Chromebooks from the ACT Government to help ensure families have what they need to continue learning at home.

In a media statement on 28 March, ACT Minister for Education, Yvette Berry said ACT public schools are well placed to ensure education can continue as the community steps up to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In the statement, Ms Berry said: “This week additional Chromebooks are being provided to students by their public primary schools to ensure equitable access to online and home-based learning.

“The ACT Government already provides a pool of Chromebooks to public primary schools and this additional investment will ensure each individual student has what they need to continue their education from home. Schools will work with families to arrange distribution.

“Digital tools are utilised daily within public schools, including Google Classrooms, allowing for a smoother transition to alternative methods of leaning for students as a natural extension.

“Students will be able to access the new Learning Resource Library, launched by the Government on Monday, to support home learning. The Learning Resource Library has already seen 40,000 hits, including across the country and the globe.

“In 2016, the ACT Government announced an election commitment to increase access to technology to all ACT Government secondary school students by providing them with a computer. The government began delivery of this commitment with a 2018 budget allocation of $17 million to fund the rollout. “As a result, ACT public high school and college students are already well-placed to continue learning from home using the Chromebooks they receive from year 7.”

For more information, visit https://www.education.act.gov.au/

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