Pupils embrace digital age

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Students at a rural Kimberley school are not missing out on the digital age after investments in technology reached an all-time high.

Derby District High School spent more than $250,000 on upgrades over the year — the most to date — and is already looking to the future for further upgrades.

The developments included smart TVs across middle school classrooms, iPads, laptops and mirror display software.

State-of-the-art interactive projectors and whiteboards will also be installed in primary school classes in coming months, with staff hoping to invest more in robotics and engineering-based resources in the future.

Deputy principal Matthew Dowell said technology increases the overall student learning experience, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

“Utilising current technologies gives students in rural areas such as Derby an opportunity to engage in the digital age and keep up with regional and metro areas,” he said.

“Students are participating in coding and robotics digital technology classes, STEM-specific extension programs, creating and filming their own short films and utilising technology in substitute for traditional paper-based learning.

“We are always actively seeking external grants and funding to support this movement towards embedding digital technologies across the whole school, from kindergarten to Year 12.”

Mr Dowell said feedback from staff had been very positive.

“Our teachers are very excited and motivated following the significant investments,” he said.

“They are continuously trying new applications and software and sharing their findings, knowledge and expertise with other staff at fortnightly sessions after school.”

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