ComputerCorp has come out on top in the Queensland Department of Education and Training's latest round of purchasing laptops for teachers through its $70 million computers for schools program.
The company will supply the department with 9000 Hewlett Packard 6350b laptops, although the potential exists to increase the number to 15,000, a spokesperson for the department told ZDNet.com.au this week.
The state's program, which started in 2007, will see every permanent state school teacher or TAFE lecturer who works at least two days a week (around 39,000) with access to their own laptop by 2011.
Over 29,000 Lenovo/IBM Thinkpad laptops were supplied via Queensland-based CoreTech for the first two phases of the rollout. ComputerCorp bought Coretech last year.
The department hoped to have the new round of computers in schools and TAFES by the middle of September. Aside from delivering laptops, the program will also pay for new IT infrastructure in schools, including wireless access. The teacehrs will also get the option of undertaking professional development to get the most out of their computers.