May 2009: The New South Wales Department of Education and Training begins trials in three schools of its new wireless netbook 1:1 program named Laptops4Learning. This will be 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.
The trials are currently being conducted with year 9 in three high schools – Cherrybrook, Arthur Philip and Denison College – Bathurst Campus, and in another world’s-first, these Lenovo netbooks are being tested with Windows 7 RC – the pre-release version of Microsoft’s newest operating system.
Furthermore, installed on these netbooks alongside Microsoft’s flagship Office 2007 and Adobe software such as Photoshop and Premier Elements and Dreamweaver Flash is Student Response Network! Every netbook rolled out to students will include the SRN Client and every netbook supplied to teachers will include both the SRN Client and the fully-registered SRN Server software. Here’s the first screenshot of the L4L student netbook running Student Response Network on Windows 7 RC:
Soon, every public high school student in New South Wales will be given a new way to contribute in the classroom.