Topics: Hardware; QLD.
Data#3 will replace as many as 12,000 devices in Queensland schools as they reach end-of-life with HP hardware, equipping Queensland’s teachers with the latest technology to deliver effective digital learning.
The multi-year contract with the Department of Education and Training (DET) means devices will begin to be deployed to schools across Queensland in the coming months as part of the ongoing Computers for Teachers scheme.
The deal ensures devices have priority warranty and service levels, according to a Data#3 media release.
DET has supplied teachers with laptops through Computers for Teachers since 2006. Under the scheme, only teachers who work two or more days a week are eligible for a computer. Computers for Teachers is part of Queensland’s Smart Classrooms strategy, which aims to “make ICT integral to learning.”
Devices are replaced every four years as part of the program to ensure teachers are up-to-date.
Education makes up a significant portion of the Queensland Government’s ICT budget. According to Intermedium’s Budget IT tool, the 2016-17 estimated ICT budget for education was less than health, but more than any other government sector. Intermedium estimates the total education ICT budget in 2016-17 is $298 million – this figure includes funding allocated to both ICT initiatives and business as usual activities.
At the Federal Government level, Data#3 has signed 101 contracts worth a total of $106.7 million in 2016-17 so far, and 2,995 contracts valued at $1.52 billion since Intermedium began collecting contracting data in 2005-06.