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Wodonga students digital literacy to flourish with $50,000 grant

May 05, 2017

Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has congratulated the Wodonga Federation of Government Schools for the exciting digital learning project which has won a $50,000 Digital Literacy Grant.

“The project brings together two really important things young people need for a bright future in North East Victoria – skills in digital literacy, and educators acting together for local solutions,” Ms McGowan said.

Ms McGowan, who helped launch the Wodonga Federation of Government Schools Digital Technologies Project on Friday 5 May at Wodonga Senior Secondary College, said students from eight primary and secondary schools across Wodonga would now have greater access to develop skills and confidence with technology.

The project is one of only 54 nation-wide to receive funding.

“The collaboration between the schools means students will have exposure to exciting technologies like 3D printers and robotics,” Ms McGowan said.

“Wodonga is rich in education innovation and this is another step forward for our young people to reach their full potential.”

Ms McGowan congratulated project leader Scott Nugent and Mellisa Long, newly appointed Executive Officer with the Wodonga Federation of Government Schools, for their foresight and commitment to innovation.

“The new Federation is showing results. The work of tertiary educators on the border to provide pathways to employment will be enhanced by a student body who graduate from school with new skills and ambitions.”

Principal of Wodonga West Primary School Ms Jocelyn Owen said the grant would enable government schools within Wodonga to inspire students to be creators of digital technologies.

“We will be able to engage students through Maker Hardware that we previously haven't been able to do as individual schools. This creates a prefect platform for us to develop as educators and embrace these new technologies in every class,” Ms Owen said.

Developing the Digital Creator Community will provide the opportunity to make a real difference, according to Mr Nugent.

“Every student in the Federation will learn computer aided manufacturing, how to code, 3D print and build robots, not just being consumers of technology, but to be the creators of new technologies. This will create a new generation of innovators within our community, creating new local industries.

The Wodonga Federation of Government Schools Digital Technologies project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Digital Literacy School Grants Program.

A summary of the Wodonga Federation of Government Schools Digital Technologies Project summary is available here

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