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



10 jobs you can apply for right now

Job hunting generic. Classifieds generic. Employment generic.

Plenty on offer from across the region

Game, set and match: No more Ipswich Open

BASE LINE: The Ipswich Open tennis tournament will no longer be held at the George Alder Tennis Centre after the current committee made the tough decision to cancel the annual event.

Tournament volunteers call time on tennis legacy

Pair holds knife to man's neck in terrifying attack

Police are investigating after the man was assaulted and robbed.

Local Partners

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life. When the lie found its way back to her boyfriend, there was hell to pay.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam in a scene from the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!