ACT expands Chromebook program to primary students

By Jonathan Nally
Thursday, 02 April, 2020

ACT expands Chromebook program to primary students

The ACT has expanded its digital education effort by providing Chromebooks to public primary school students in years 4, 5 and 6.

The Chromebook program, now in its third year, has already seen more than 20,000 devices delivered to ACT students in years 7 to 12.

The expansion to earlier school years should be of benefit for those students undertaking education from home during the COVID-19 crisis.

Digital tools such as Google Classrooms are used daily within ACT public schools.

Students will be able to access a new Learning Resource Library, launched by the government on Monday, 30 March, to support home learning. The Library has already seen 40,000 hits, including from across the country and the globe.

The Chromebooks program is the result of a 2016 election commitment to increase access to technology to all ACT public secondary school students by providing them with a computer.

Delivery began with a 2018 budget allocation of $17 million.

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