Colac students get iPad2 for study

Trinity College student Ryan Quinn with an iPad tablet computer.

STUDENTS at a Colac school will have a world of knowledge at their fingertips from this month.

Trinity College is rolling out more than 450 iPad2 tablet computers to all students in years nine to 11.

College principal Tim O’Farrell said each student would have access to an iPad by the end of the month.

“This decision has been taken as a result of the Digital Education Revolution funded by the Federal Government, and a great deal of research undertaken by the information communications technology committee of the college throughout 2010 and 2011,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“The college has upgraded the wireless network to enable wi-fi connectivity for those students and staff with an iPad2,” he said.

“The use of iPad technology is expanding across the education sector and each day presents new ‘applications’ which can be utilised in the school setting.”

Mr O’Farrell said teachers received iPads in the final term of last year to become familiar with the devices “and to explore the various ways in which the devices can be used in the learning and teaching process”.

He said teachers would continue to have professional development this year to further integrate the tablets into classes.

“We are very excited about this program at Trinity College, as it is one in which we can continue to improve the learning outcomes for our students,” he said.

“New initiatives such as this one create many questions and opportunities and we look forward to exploring these with our college community in 2012 and beyond.”

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