On the same day as the iPad was released, the Victorian Government has announced that it will spend over $300,000 to pay for the newly-launched device in a ground-breaking trial to see if this device could have educational benefits within the Victorian education system.
Victoria is the first state to implement this for educational purposes.
“Education is the top priority of this Government and our Australian-first trial of iPads in schools will ensure our students remain one step ahead when it comes to emerging technology,” Victorian Premier John Brumby said.
“This trial will allow us to understand the impact of iPads on student learning and communication, and on the way teachers plan and deliver curriculum in the classroom.”
500 iPads will be distributed in eight schools – including the Royal Children’s Hospital’s Education Institute, Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and Manor Lakes P-12 Specialist College in Wyndham Vale – and it will look on the impact of the device on student learning and communication. The other five other schools are yet to be announced, but will be government schools, not private or Catholic schools.
This move comes as the Government’s commitment to public education, spending over $150 million this year to keep the public schools up to date with technology.