Vic touts its connected classrooms: pics

Vic touts its connected classrooms: pics

Summary: The Victorian Education Department officially opened its latest "connected classroom" on Friday with the state's Education Minister Martin Dixon doing the honours.

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    Each student has a Dell Latitude 2110 netbook, retrofitted for a more ergonomic design.

  • (Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia)

    Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon talks to students and faculty about the new connected classroom that features $50,000 worth of tech, donated by Dell to the Debney Park Secondary College.

    Minister Dixon indicated that in the future, he hopes that schools will lead the way in purchasing new technology like laptops and desktops based on their own specialist needs, saying that the push for new technology needs to come from schools and not the education department.

    "If a school's got a strong bent towards Mac or Dell or whatever it may be … we shouldn't say 'no, you can't have that because we've got something cheaper'. You've got to trust them to make that educational decision, that business decision to weigh up what is the best for our students and run with it," he said.

    "We want to move away from the top-down [management style of] this is how many computers you've got to have, this is the way you have to teach and what you've got to teach."

    The minister added, however, that schools less confident in selecting their own IT will be able to choose from a panel of vendors.

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Topics: Dell, Government, Government AU, Hardware, Laptops

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