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Published 29 February 2016

West Dunbartonshire Council is investing £250,000 to buy Chromebooks for every P7 pupil in the area. 

The funding was approved as part of the administration’s 2016/17 budget and will see more than 950 of the mobile devices purchased for the area’s 34 primary schools.

The equipment will improve pupils’ IT knowledge and also enhance their education experiences by allowing them to learn and gather information.

Pupils will use the Chromebooks  to present classwork and also for research and revision. 

The devices will supplement the existing IT equipment which already exists in the area’s primaries, connecting schools to one another and to different learning platforms

Councillor Michelle McGinty, Convener of Educational Services, said: “The world around us is increasingly digital and we want to ensure our young people can take advantage of the opportunities which technology will present in future.

“Online learning is a key part of modern education. By providing every P7 pupil with access to a Chromebook in school we will ensure that our young people are not disadvantaged regardless of their background.”

Councillor John Mooney, Depute Convener of Educational Services, added: “When our young people move on from education into their future career, IT skills will be every bit as important to their prospective employers as literacy and numeracy.

“The Chromebooks will provide a powerful tool for learning and will bring huge benefits to their education now and in future.”