New funds to assist with virtual excursions

COFFS Coast students can now take excursions without leaving the classroom, thanks to a slice of $8 million in State Government funding.

Coffs Harbour High School has used part of $24,000 in funding to provide a 'connected classroom' that features a fully equipped video conferencing facility with the potential to host virtual excursions.

Science teacher Mark Miller said the classroom is 'moving into the 21st Century' with the new facilities.

“With the technology students can go on virtual excursions, which just opens the world up to them,” Mr Miller said.

“We also have an interactive white board with ready made lessons and software, so it's an exciting time to be in the classroom.”

Labour Duty MLC for Coffs Harbour Ian Macdonald said funding was provided, usually on a dollar-for-dollar basis, for projects which schools identified as a local priority.

“School communities provide enormous support to the program, working together to raise money to apply for joint funding,” Mr Macdonald said.

“The work of the Parents & Citizens Association is invaluable, and with the Government and school communities working together, we can fund more projects and improve facilities more rapidly.”

Under the same funding scheme Narranga Public School has received money to build a new covered walkway.

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