Tech opens new territory

November 23, 2016

Technology: (Left to right) Remi McIntyre, Xavier Scott and Ebony Boyd enjoy new school iPads that are helping them interact during their video conference language lessons.

Kialla Central Primary School has received a boost with six new iPads from the Department of Education to help students interact during Italian lessons.

The students have not always had the opportunity to learn another language, but since term two students have done so with the help of video conference technology, which links them with Ballarat-based Italian teacher Pasqalia Casser.

They are part of a small schools cluster (Kialla Central, Invergordon, Dhurringle and Ardmona) that has a weekly live video conference.

‘‘The iPads support the program we use and the students can use them to answer live questions as the lesson progresses, which Ms Casser can see from her device,’’ Kialla Central principal Debbie Humphries said.

‘‘It’s a great way to use technology so our students in smaller schools can have the opportunity to learn another language at school, that is something we have been wanting introduced here for the past two years.

‘‘Some of our bilingual students are now taking on a third language which is great to see.’’

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