News

Apples for schools

Anna Bligh joins Brydie Milburn, the school captain at Eimeo Road State School, who is working on a school iPad.
Anna Bligh joins Brydie Milburn, the school captain at Eimeo Road State School, who is working on a school iPad. Nat Bromhead

ONE of Premier Anna Bligh's major focuses for Queensland is educating for the future.

So it was fitting that she would make a major education announcement in the region that is propelling the state's economy and with the greatest need for skills.

Riding in on her big, flashing campaign coach Ms Bligh was given a rousing reception at Fitzgerald State School before meeting and greeting the workforce at G&S Engineering in the industrial heartland of Paget.

It was at Eimeo State School, though, that she pledged to splash out on more than 5000 iPads for Year 7 students if re-elected.

The Premier said her government would provide the tablet computers to students as part of Labor's education reforms.

At an estimated cost of $5.7m, the iPad trial would be undertaken by 20 Flying Start Pilot schools.

The soon-to-be-built Eimeo Road State High School and Glenden State High School have been included in the trial.

Making the announcement Ms Bligh said technology was now moving faster than ever and to give students the best skills for the future they needed the best tools.

"We introduced an extra year of school with Prep, we introduced a state-wide kindergarten program and now we have implemented the transition of Year 7 to high school," she said.

"We will continue to support these reforms by providing the latest learning tools for our children."

It was her second announcement in three days on the campaign trail.

On Monday she pulled a $1.36m funding commitment for the Yeppoon foreshore redevelopment out of her handbag in Rockhampton.

Kirili Lamb has a son at Eimeo Road State School.

She said iPad computers were a great learning tool.

"It probably wouldn't decide the way I vote but it's definitely a worthwhile program," Ms Lamb said.

"I have worked in the education system and find them a really useful learning tool.

"I think the region has far bigger issues than a laptop or iPad program can solve."

Late yesterday the Premier's campaign coach rolled north toward the marginal Labor seat of Whitsunday.

 

Topics:  anna bligh, apple, education, ipads, queensland election 2012, students




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

How's this for a chilly start?

Frost Sunrise

Ipswich got off to a freezing start to the week

More than two home break-ins per day in Ipswich

A close-up showing number of break-ins at Collingwood Park.

Crims had a busy month in May across the Ipswich police district

Latest deals and offers

Free mobile washing service for homeless

The Orange Sky laundry service offers free clothes and laundry services to those in need. QUU spokesperson Michelle Cull, resident Rickie Stuart and Orange Sky service rollout co-ordinator Alek Jacoby.

The OrangeSky mobile washing van sets up in Queens Park in Ipswich every Wednesday...

Armed Robbery North Booval

Jarrad Alexander Stanton Deane, 29, was jailed for seven years for more than 40...

Fatality Free Friday urges motorists to take the pledge

A 31-year-old man is due to front court in custody today charged with stealing five motorbikes from various locations in the past few months.

As part of Fatality Free Friday today, police are pleading with motorists to take...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked