iPads for special students: Qld LNP

iPads for special students: Qld LNP

Summary: Special education students in Queensland will benefit from iPads in the classroom under a new initiative proposed by Liberal National Party (LNP) leader Campbell Newman.

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Special education students in Queensland will benefit from iPads in the classroom under a new initiative proposed by Liberal National Party (LNP) leader Campbell Newman.

"The LNP in government will provide tablets for use by students with special needs directly to state special schools, state schools and non-government schools with special education programs," according to policy documents.

Every state special school in the Queensland will see 20 of the tablets deployed for student use if the LNP is elected, while state schools and non-government schools with special education programs would receive 10 of the Apple tablets.

Newman's policy would see school IT departments administer the tablets.

"The tablets provided by this program will become the property and responsibility of the school to be covered under their existing IT provisions, and for connection with the school's existing internet," policy documents say.

The policy is a bid to ensure that students in Queensland state special schools get equal treatment to those in more "fortunate" institutions, Newman wrote, so that students can reach their full potential.

The Queensland LNP's plan for state government-sponsored iPads joins a long line of initiatives proposed by other state governments for the Apple tablets. Australia's education sector has a particular affinity for the device, with schools in South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria all trialling the tablets for e-learning initiatives.

Topics: Apple, Government, Government AU, iPad

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  • Surely there are better things to spend this money on for special education? I know a SEd teacher who was issued one of these in NSW, she has no training on its use, and simply uses it to bribe kids with games, or to encourage sharing / co operation.

    All of which were done successfully before ipads.
    gumb0r
    • Why doesn't the SEd teacher who was issued one of these in NSW, and has no training on its use, GET some training on its use? Don't blame the iPad.
      Amanda Bluett
  • Why not deploy a CRAY supercomputer while your at it. Talk about a polly jumping on the bandwagon he doesn't understand. The success of any platform deployment, iPad or Linux Server is the application that it hosts. With no software and no training this is an expensive "seen to be active" grab to get his name in the paper. What a waste of public money, and you wonder why so many IT projects fail.
    ptrrssll@...