| May 01, 2017

Murray schools to boost digital literacy skills

Lockington Consolidated School and Rochester Primary School in the Murray electorate will work together on implementing the Digital Technologies curriculum as part of a nation-wide digital literacy program run by the Coalition Government.

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum MP today announced Lockington Consolidated School and Rochester Primary School would receive $50,000 through the Digital Literacy School Grants Programme.

“This is about making sure our students get the support and skills they need for the future,” Mr Drum said.

“Congratulations to both Lockington Consolidated School and Rochester Primary School who have been selected from almost 1800 applications for this funding which goes to show the potential of their project”.

Chrissy Drummond, Principal, Lockington Consolidated School said the school community were very excited to be embarking on this journey with Rochester Primary School. “Digital Literacy is important as it promotes higher order thinking, ensures rural students are less isolated and prepares our students for a digital world”, said Ms Drummond.

Graeme Hodgens, Principal, Rochester Primary School echoed these sentiments saying “This creates a unique opportunity for our two schools to combine in a cutting edge technology program that will not only provide a first class programme for our students but also break down the isolation for staff in rural school.”

Sean Irving, Digital Technologies Leader at Lockington Consolidated School said it was exciting to be able to ensure that our students become truly digitally literate. “The students become not only consumers of digital systems, but creators who use systems, design and computational thinking to identify problems, create digital solutions and responsibly navigate the increasingly digital world in which they live,” said Mr Irving.

Mr Drum said $4 million had been allocated to the program as part of the Coalition Government’s $50.6 million commitment to help Australian teachers and students embrace the digital age. “I’m looking forward to seeing how this project helps both schools build the digital skills of their students and sparks an interest in broader important fields like science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

“It is great to see local schools engaging with cutting edge technology and ensuring our students are well-equipped for the future,” Mr Drum said.

“I encourage all Murray schools that missed out on this round of funding to apply for the next round which opens in the middle of this year.

“We’re committed to ensuring that each student, no matter where they live in Australia, has a strong knowledge of STEM.

“I am delighted that our regional schools are being empowered to teach technology in a truly modern way, often applying what they are learning in the classroom to overcome challenges in the community.”

For more information visit: www.education.gov.au/digital-literacy-school-grants-dlsg

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