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    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    7,000 e-tablets for special needs students

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Wednesday, November 07, 2012

    7,000 e-tablets for special needs students

    Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek today announced the Newman Government had provided more than 7,000 e-tablets to Queensland state schools with special education programs.

    Minister Langbroek made the announcement while visiting Darling Point Special School to see how tablet computers (e-tablets) were revolutionising learning for students with a disability.

    “Students with special needs require targeted assistance which is why the Newman Government has delivered on its election commitment to spend $3.5 million on our eLearning for Special Needs Students’ initiative,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “We’ve provided up to 20 iPads and e-tablets to more than 40 state special schools across Queensland, and up to 10 devices to other state schools offering special education programs.

    “I’m thrilled to see students are already using this technology enthusiastically, and teachers are putting the devices to good use in the classroom to cater for students’ diverse learning needs.”

    Mr Langbroek said the features of e-tablets had enormous potential for students with a disability, helping them to communicate and learn.

    “Children who are unable to speak can type words and have the e-tablets verbalise their thoughts,” he said.

    “Other students use eye movement to operate the technology, making communication and learning much easier for those who have severely restricted physical mobility.

    “Students have greater independence, more input into their learning, and are initiating and expressing their thoughts through this technology.”

    Mr Langbroek said the eLearning for Special Needs Students’ initiative followed a successful trial of e-tablets at Grand Avenue State School (Forest Lake), where some students had multiple impairments.

    “Feedback from teachers and parents was that this technology provided significant benefits for students, including improved student engagement,” he said.

    “Other trials interstate and overseas have also demonstrated how special needs students have achieved better outcomes at school through the use of e-tablet technology.”

    [ENDS] 7 November, 2012

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