E-tablets for Currumbin special needs students

8 Nov 2012 12:03 PMJann Stuckey

8th November 2012

Jann Stuckey MP Member for Currumbin has announced that 6 local schools in Currumbin have received tablet computers (e-tablets) as part of the Newman Government’s $3.5 million eLearning for Special Needs Students’ initiative. 

“The Newman Government has provided more than 7,000 e-tablets for Queensland state schools with special education programs,” Ms Stuckey said.

“By fulfilling this election commitment we are ensuring students with a disability have a whole range of new learning possibilities opened up to them.

“Schools in the Currumbin electorate have benefited from this initiative and will receive a number of iPads to assist their special education programs.

“It is exciting to see that students are already using this technology enthusiastically, and that teachers are putting the devices to good use in the classroom to cater for students’ diverse learning needs.

“The assistive features of e-tablets have enormous potential for students with a disability, helping them to communicate and learn.

“Children who are unable to speak can type words and have the e-tablets verbalise their thoughts.

“Other students use eye movement to operate the technology, making communication and learning much easier for those who have severely restricted physical mobility.

“Students have greater independence, more input into their learning, and are initiating and expressing their thoughts through this technology.”

“Feedback from teachers and parents from the trial phase was that this technology provided significant benefits for students, including improved student engagement.

“This initiative introduced by the Minister for Education shows yet another commitment from this Government to provide the best possible learning environment for all students.