Transcript of the 'program update' video


Wayne Poole, Rural Access Gap Program Director:

It's about the uplift of the technology in the schools, but it's a lot more than that. It's about providing equal opportunity to rural and remote students. It's about putting them on the same digital footpath as the other students and giving them the same opportunity, so I'm really passionate about that side of the work.

Kerry Halley, Principal, Wattle Flat Public School:

We're at Wattle Flat Public School. We have currently 24 students and it's just an amazing place to be. I always said I would never retire until the internet was great at Wattle Flat, and now it's great at Wattle Flat and I'm not retiring!

Janell Cole, School Administration Manager, Wattle Flat Public School:

It's made a huge difference to my days and getting work done is just flying through the work. It's just absolutely amazing. I am so grateful.

Tyla Jenkins, IT Stem Coordinator, Dubbo South Public School:

It's been amazing being part of the whole process from getting the devices to setting them up to even seeing how the kids interact with them for the first time and how excited they are of walking in and seeing a whole new trolley of laptops and just saying 'do we get to use those? ‘Is that something that we get to see in our classrooms?’, and they're just so excited.

Lincoln McBroom, Digital Classroom Officer, Wongarbon Public School:

It's totally changed how we work. It has improved our efficiency (and) things seamlessly integrate.

I'm observing as well as my own practice. I'm observing within my colleagues increased collegiality and collaboration within our documents, and planning along with our integrating the devices into classroom lessons.

Jenny Lamborn, Principal, Wallerawang Public School: 

We completed the Digital Maturity Planner, and we were able to actually identify our areas of strength in terms of the school planning process and look at what we needed to do in terms of working towards those excelling statements.

Tim Cassell, Assistant Principal, Dubbo South Public School:

Moving our teams through the cloud migration process and starting to use a cloud-based software for our programming has been a game changer, not only before lockdown, but then through lockdown. So the ability just to share documents with students and families has been great, but also to share it with staff.

Amanda Hupp, School Administration Manager, Dubbo West Public School:

Quick Reference Guides have been amazing. They have helped us to cover so many areas within the school system and they're a wealth of knowledge for our admin staff, for our teaching staff, and our non-teaching staff.

Beverley Nancarrow, Digital Classroom Officer, Wallerawang Public School:

We are super excited to just increase the number of devices that we have, to just expand that in greater ways and improve the students' learning.

Rural Access Gap Program – Today’s students for tomorrow’s world.

Brought to you in partnership with the NSW Department of Education and the Digital Restart Fund.

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