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$1.4b to finance tablet computers in schools programme

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2013 | 9:08 AM

The Government is to spend $1. 4 billion to conduct a pilot project to introduce tablet computers in schools.



In making the announcement at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing Minister with responsibility for Information Senator Sandrea Falconer said the money will come from the Universal Service Fund.



The sum, which was approved by Cabinet, is higher than the $850 million in spending announced by Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell in April.



Senator Falconer said the programme is aimed at increasing the use of technology to optimise teaching and learning.



Senator Falconer says under the pilot project 25,000 tablets will be provided to students and teachers in 39 schools across the island.



When he announced the tablet in schools pilot project Paulwell said the computers would come preloaded with age appropriate applications and games, approved textbooks and software for students up to Grade 12.



He also said the devices would have security features for tracking them, if stolen, and to bar children from accessing dangerous or inappropriate content.



The technology minister said schools would be made into wireless hotspots, offering free access to broadband internet for students and the wider community.



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