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By Fiona Reid
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£2 million project will open online learning

A MULTI million-pound investment in virtual technology will enable online teaching to take place locally in the event of another lockdown.

Councillors last week discussed the £2.1 million move, which would allow for more learning online.

The aim is for every school in the region to become a digital school, with ‘digital champions’ among staff and pupils.

And staff are currently being recruited to develop the Dumfries and Galloway ‘Virtual School’ – a project that will include the ability to deliver remote learning and teaching for any pupil across the region, ease of joint working across schools, including shared resources that can be accessed from anywhere.

Children and staff will be able to gain access to all software including software used for secondary practical subjects like music, IT and graphic design.

Officials say the new cloud based technology will be ‘resilient and responsive’ and will be able to be accessed from any type of device.

It will provide solutions for pupils to continue to learn if local lockdowns are required.

Council leader Elaine Murray said: “This multi-million-pound investment will deliver virtual and digital school technology across our region. This will help us provide equal access for all learners to high quality, innovative teaching materials right across our region.

“We recognise the ways young people learn are changing and evolving at an unprecedented rate.”

Depute leader Rob Davidson added: “Our schools have had to change so much because of Covid-19. Having the technology in place to support the delivery of digital learning for all our young people is essential.”

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