Delivery of educational tablets for Year 4 students set for December

Between September and December the tablet will be used exclusively by Year 4 teachers and LSAs

20 September 2016, 7:05pm
Education Minister Evarist Bartolo visits teachers during training
Education Minister Evarist Bartolo visits teachers during training
Year 4 students can expect a Christmas delivery from the government as well this year as the delivery of educational tablets is set to take place in December.

Year 4 teachers and LSAs will meanwhile use the tablets between September and December, giving them three months to get used to the new teaching system.

In a statement, the Ministry for Education said that training courses for educators took place between Friday and today, as they familiarised themselves with the new tablet which will be used in the One Tablet per Child initiative. 

The tablet which will be used, the LearnPad Workbook by Avantis Systems, enables effective supervision and control of classroom tablets through a set of tools. The tools are designed specifically to help students maintain focus without distraction, work independently whilst staying safe and provide real-time views and controls for teachers.

The classroom management tool simplifies the use and control of tablets in the classroom, helping teachers deliver engaging lessons and providing an easy way to manage the process of distributing and sharing classwork with students.

“The tool is an important one in the digital changeover of education however he reiterated that the educational experience goes beyond a digital device and is based on the relationship and communication between educator and pupil,” Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said.

The Workbook tablet comes equipped with an Intel quad-core processor, high performance AC Wi-Fi, front and rear cameras, high definition display, 32GB of on-board storage and access to the ClassConnect portal for total device management and control.

“We are very excited to be chosen as the supplier for the one tablet per child initiative. Having tablets in the classroom has been proven to increase engagement and learning whilst providing students with the necessary digital skills to be 21st century learners,” David Mann, Educational Services Director at Avantis, said.