Victorian teachers to get laptops for $3 per week
Fri, 23 Oct 1998 10:57:21 +1000
Here's a story from today's Age: a Whole of Government approach that
looks very serious, very expensive to implement, flexible (both
Wintel and Mac) and probably a very good thing:
I am glad to see this government spending money on education - with
suitable training on using the PCs.
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Victoria's 37,000 state schoolteachers will each receive a
notebook computer under a $100million deal between the State
Government and two computer companies.
The five-year contract involving Acer and Apple, announced
yesterday by the Education Minister, Mr Phil Gude, is believed
to be the second-largest tender of its kind in the world.
Teachers will be encouraged to lease the computers through
their school under a three-year arrangement that will cost them
$3 a week. But they will be eligible to receive the computers
only if they have completed 40hours of training approved by the
The larger share of the deal has gone to Acer, a
Taiwanese-based company which, in return, will return to
Victoria up to $15million a year in spending on research and
development in local software, multimedia and hardware
It is believed teachers will have the right to choose the type of
machine they will take.
One option will be the Apple G3 PowerBook notebook
computer, rated the most powerful in the market. It retails at
more than $6000, but the price to the Government is
considerably less. Teachers will pay about $450 to use the
computers under the three-year lease deal.
Mr Gude said the computers were a vital component of the
Government's strategy to expand the use of information
technology in classrooms.
The Australian Education Union said that while it welcomed
initiatives to introduce technology into schools, it did not believe
teachers should have to fund the equipment from their own
The first consignment of 10,700 computers will be delivered to
teachers next month on the recommendation of their principals.
Science and technology teachers at state schools will receive
priority. Teachers from Catholic and independent schools and
TAFE colleges will also be eligible.