April, 2009: The New South Wales Department of Education and Training contracts Lenovo to supply its s10e 10.2″ Netbook for its “Laptops 4 Learning” program – the largest netbook rollout into a single school system the world. Funded by the Australian Federal government’s Digital Education Revolution initiative, more than 260,000 Netbooks (or “Compact Learning Devices”) will be placed in the hands of every Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 student and every high school teacher over the next three years.
Microsoft and Adobe won the lion’s share of the software contract, providing Windows XP Professional, MS Office 2007 Professional, Photoshop and Premier Elements, Dreamweaver, Captivate and other titles. But in addition to the flagships of these desktop software behemoths, on the purely educational side, comes the inclusion of Student Response Network Client!
Yes, these netbooks will also be used as “clickers” – student response devices ready to match up with the teacher’s Student Response Network Server module. Every one of these 267,000 netbooks will be Student Response Network clients – a massive achievement for a small, unique software application developed and released just a few short months ago.
With SRN Client, these devices will truly become Laptops 4 Learning.