BACK TO SCHOOL: Dalby State School vice captains Hayden Taylor, Chloe Bound and Abbey Burton on their new laptops.
BACK TO SCHOOL: Dalby State School vice captains Hayden Taylor, Chloe Bound and Abbey Burton on their new laptops. Jessica Bahr

Class all plugged in

THIS week, students around the state laced up their shoes and dusted off their writing books, ready to kick off another school year.

At Dalby State School however, many students had an exciting new piece of school equipment: a laptop.

After trialling a laptop program with one class last year, five classes worth of students are now being run as 'laptop classes', with students completing a majority of their school work on portable devices, including both lessons in the classroom and homework.

In addition to regular classes they will also learn computer coding.

"We had a class in Year 4 who started the initiative, and that was our first year last year,” Principal Mona Anau said.

"It became such a popular way of learning, and the delivery was well embraced by parents.

"It is an opt-in or opt-out class, we encourage as many students to take part, but we do know there is a financial side as well.”

Students in years 4, 5 and 6 are able to participate in the laptop classes, with some bringing their own device and others provided by the school.

DSS vice captains Hayden Taylor, Chloe Bound and Abbey Burton said their first morning in the laptop class had already been fun.

"Jobs these days are all about computers and stuff so it's a good opportunity,” Abbey said.

"It's a good thing to learn and it's more efficient,” Chloe added.

"I definitely think I could get something out of it, getting faster at typing and knowing my way around the computer.”

While the majority of classwork will be conducted on the laptops, students will not be on the computers 100% of the time.

"The laptop is just replacing the book and pen, the teacher will still deliver the curriculum,” Ms Anau said.

"The laptop is really a learning device; its a tool.”


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