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NSW Government rolls out 4300 interactive whiteboards

The NSW State Government has announced plans to roll out 4300 interactive whiteboards across the state, with the $23 million project set to make learning more interactive.

Premier Barry O'Farrell said the rollout, which will affect some 1000 schools across the state, will allow teachers to make the best possible use of modern technology.

"Children in NSW schools should have access to the best technology to aid their learning - that is why we are installing 4300 new interactive whiteboards in classrooms across the state," O'Farrell said in a statement.

"With this technology, teachers can personalise lessons, use a variety of media and access information from online learning programs on sites such as NASA."

The rollout is expected to be completed by the start of term one next year, with Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, saying that the whiteboards are an extension of computers currently in the classroom. "Interactive whiteboards transform the learning process and prepare students to work in a connected, digital world," he said.

"Anything that can be done on a computer can be displayed through the interactive whiteboard."

Piccoli said the sites to benefit from the rollout will be prioritised on the basis of which schools need funding most, with funding coming from government surplus.

"Funding for the rollout will be met by surplus BER funds - ensuring every last dollar NSW is entitled to is spent on educational outcomes," Piccoli said. The announcement was made by the government at Illawong Public School when students commenced classes after their Easter break this week.

The news comes as it was revealed last month how teachers and students in NSW state schools have received digital training to help them cope with new laptops and digital media.

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