New interactive whiteboards announced

More than 4000 new interactive whiteboards will be rolled out to 1000 NSW primary schools.

NSW Premier, Barry O'Farrell, said priority would be given to schools identified on the basis of student need where the whiteboards could significantly help education outcomes.

The Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, said the whiteboards would allow NSW schools to make the most of the digital revolution.

"Interactive whiteboards transform the learning process and prepare students to work in a connected, digital world," Mr Piccoli said.

"Anything that can be done on the computer can be displayed through the interactive whiteboard."

They would also "enable students and teachers anywhere in the state to share classes with children across the world".

"The rollout will cover every new and refurbished classroom under the Primary Schools for the 21st Century Program," Mr Piccoli said.

The rollout of the 4300 whiteboards, worth $23 million, is expected to be completed by the start of Term 1 in 2012.

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