Laptop computers boost digital literacy skills

YEAR 9 students at Dubbo College are set to benefit from the distribution of personal laptop computers in coming weeks, part of the federal government's digital education initiative.

A total of 120 computers will be distributed to year 9 at Delroy Campus, while 187 will be issued to South Campus students.

Delroy parents attended a special information night on the computer program last week and parents of year 9 students at South Campus have been invited to attend an information session in the library tonight at 7pm.

The new metallic red Lenovo Thinkpad X131e computers have impressive processing capabilities with the latest Intel Celeron 887 processor and 4GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, according to college network administrator Karen Weekes.

"They have plenty of storage space with a 128 gig Solid State HDD," she said.

"They come with a microphone and webcam, three USB points and a padded sleeve case. The battery will last for eight plus hours and they have more than $5000 worth of software installed."

Delroy Campus principal Stacey Exner said the laptops provided equitable access to digital learning for students.

"The reality is that not everyone can afford to purchase a laptop for their child so this government initiative means every year 9 student will have the use of one," she said.

"They will use it for classroom lessons and they will be able to take it home and use it for homework and further study.

"At school, teachers plan lessons with the laptops in mind so students are continually improving their technical skills.

"Professional learning funds have been used to ensure our teachers are highly skilled in the use of the computers."

Year 9 students at Delroy Campus will receive their laptops next Monday with South students receiving them next Tuesday.

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