Australian state deploys 14,000 Windows 8 tablets to local students

by Doug Drinkwater

June 4 2013

The 11.6-inch Iconia W701 tablet runs Windows 8 Pro
The 11.6-inch Iconia W701 tablet runs Windows 8 Pro

The Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment (QDETE) has procured 14,000 Windows 8 tablets from Acer, and will hand these out to high school students in the area.

Local newspaper The Australian writes that 11,327 Iconia W701 tablets will be given to year nine students, with another 2,665 to be handed out to other high-school students in the area.

Each tablet comes with a four-year warranty and 3G mobile broadband. Educators said that the latter was particularly vital as they are insistent on students being able to access all learning resources at all times.

QDETE chief information officer David O’Hagan has valued the deal at $12.9 million. The contract has been funded in-part by a government initiative (the National Secondary School Computer Fund) which is aiming to increase the number of computers in schools.

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