Schools and universities around Australia have jumped headfirst into trials of Apple's hyped iPad tablet as they rush to discover exactly what the device's use will be in the educational field—sometimes with the support of their overarching education departments, and sometimes without.
Western Australia's Department of Education and Training revealed this week that some schools in the state were displaying an increased interest in iPads and tablet devices, purchasing the handheld computers independently to trial in various education programs.
"The department does not have a policy on the use of iPads or Android-based technology at this stage, however some schools have bought tablet devices to trial in various settings," says departmental chief information officer Bevan Doyle. "There appears to be a level of interest in this technology for educational use."
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