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The ConnectivED Project

The Education theme of the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC) works to improve data and computational fluencies at the K-12 level as well as within the university faculty so that future students are better prepared for advanced studies, employability and future roles in society.

The ConnectivED project

Challenge

In many school communities there are highly talented and motivated students who face significant educational challenges due to financial, social, access to information and other life limitations.  The ConnectivED project became aware of a significant percentage of students who are facing their studies without Internet access at home.  For many this means increased demands upon their families to ensure they can spend significant time in locations with reliable public Internet access.  The Armadale Library is one such location that sees many young people working studying using online resources, spending very long hours in the library and away from their home and family.

Solution

In many school communities there are highly talented and motivated students who face significant educational challenges due to financial, social, access to information and other life limitations.  The ConnectivED project became aware of a significant percentage of students who are facing their studies without Internet access at home.  For many this means increased demands upon their families to ensure they can spend significant time in locations with reliable public Internet access.  The Armadale Library is one such location that sees many young people working studying using online resources, spending very long hours in the library and away from their home and family.

Outcome

The project is in pilot stage and the students recently took receipt of their devices.  The initial feedback from families and students has documented the differences the program is making to their household and learning routines. Some barriers impacting family engagement in education have been eliminated and the student’s ability to study more effectively and flexibly have been significantly improved. The ConectivED partners are working with the CIC Education Theme leaders and researchers to increase access to learning resources and create new opportunities to engage in online and digital learning experiences facilitated by Curtin and its partners.