Posted on 22. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

Students battling illness at The Royal Children’s Hospital will soon be using revolutionary Apple iPads as part of an Australian-first trial of the technology at seven Victorian Government schools.

Visiting the Neuroscience Centre at the hospital today to announce the schools participating in the iPad trial, Education Minister Bronwyn Pike distributed 20 iPads to seriously ill students so they can continue to learn with the latest technology.

“Today is an exciting time for Victorian Government school students, including those battling illness and undergoing rehabilitation at The Royal Children’s Hospital,” Ms Pike said.

“Students in Victoria want the latest learning technology and the Brumby Labor Government is investing in 500 iPads, worth $629 each, so our kids have access to the best digital equipment.”

Ms Pike said the seven schools that would participate in the unique trial were:

  • Dimboola Memorial Secondary College;
  • Epsom Primary School;
  • Manor Lakes P-12 Specialist College.
  • Ringwood North Primary School;
  • Sunbury Downs Secondary College;
  • Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School; and
  • Westall Secondary College.


“In addition to the seven schools, the RCH Education Institute will also take part in the trial –because for students going through a lengthy stay in hospital, new technology not only lifts their spirits, but allows them to stay connected to their school and classmates,” Ms Pike said.

“Our investment in iPads as a learning technology demonstrates that education remains the top priority of the Brumby Labor Government.

“The iPad will take its place in the classroom alongside netbooks, interactive whiteboards and our revolutionary online learning portal – Ultranet.”

RCH Education Institute executive director Glenda Strong welcomed the technology boost.

“Technology is a powerful tool to help students stay in touch with learning when they’re in hospital – the iPads will be very popular with the children,” Ms Strong said.

Ms Pike said parents wanted the best education for their kids – and the iPad trial would ensure

Victorian students remained one step ahead when it comes to emerging technology.”

Ms Pike said the Brumby Labor Government is investing more than $150 million in school IT programs this year alone.

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