Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 788 ..
(2) What type of (a) computers (ie: Pentium PC's, Apple Macs) and (b) storage capability, do the desktop and laptop computers have that have been allocated as part of this program;
(3) How much of the $420,000 allocated for this financial year for this program has been expended to date;
(4) Are teachers being given access to the intranet via their laptop computers, if not, why not;
(5) Are teachers being given access to the internet via a Department of Education or school login from their laptop computers, if not, why not;
(6) In addition to the laptops, are teachers given any facilities like printers to use while working from home on laptops;
(7) Has the Department addressed the issue of no insurance cover and the lack of a repair/maintenance support package, if so, what are the details, if not, why not.
Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:
(1) To date 2819 teaching computers have been purchased by schools, of these 580 are laptop computers.
(2) The desktop computers supplied are
Ã¯Â¿Â½ TodayTech Pentium 4
Both brands of computers have 20Gb storage capacities.
The laptops are TodayTech Pentium 3 computers with 10Gb storage.
(3) To date $241,000 has been spent.
(4) The laptops-have built-in network and modem cards that enable the computers to be remotely connected to the school network, and inDECS. Teachers are able to access CSN remotely if their school has granted them remote access through CSN. Access to the intranet (inDECS) from home, whether from a personal or departmental computer has been available since mid 2001.
(5) Yes, see response to question 4.
(6) Printers are not provided to teachers using laptop computers from their homes or locations other than their school. The cost would be prohibitive and it would be quite a bulky load for teachers to be regularly transporting between their school and home.