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ACT schools to adopt 15,000 Acer Chromebooks

ACT Education Minister Yvette Berry today announced the purchase of 15,000 Acer Chromebook devices, pushing for greater equity in Canberra's public schools.

Speaking today from the ACT Kingsford Smith School, Berry, Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women, and Minister for Sport and Recreation, announced the purchase and an associated delivery and support services agreement across schools in the nation's capital.

This announcement underpins Berry’s commitment to make schools modern, providing support to students as they develop research, problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

The model selected is the Acer Chromebook Spin 11, a rugged and versatile convertible notebook, which Acer says is specifically designed for extensive use within education. The unit is equipped with a Wacom EMR stylus allowing students to enjoy a natural experience mimicking that of using pen and paper.

“Acer is thrilled to have been selected as the hardware vendor of choice. Our incredible Acer Spin 11 product solution, our strong supply chain and reference ability in other large Education departments across Australia together with our team partnership with Datacom ACT made our approach and solution a true team partnership. Acer is proud to be such a large part of Minister Berry’s technology initiative and we look forward to making it a great success”, said Rod Bassi, Oceanic Region sales director.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 adheres to the US MIL-STD 810G military standard, meaning it will handle the rough-and-tumble of the classroom, can withstand drops from 122cm, endure 330ml of spilt water, and channels liquid away from important components.

It is also fitted with two Acer HD wide-view HDR webcams – strategically positioned above the screen and the keyboard to ensure an optimal viewing angle whether in notebook or tablet mode.

Other specs include an 11.6" 1366x768 IPS LCD with 10-point touchscreen, 2x USB 3.0 and 2x USB-C slots, a microSD card slot, 32Gb storage, an Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core 1.1GHz CPU, nine-hour battery life, stereo speakers, and full Google Play support.

The device received a prestigious Red Dot Award for its outstanding Product Design earlier this year.

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David M Williams

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David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. Within two years, he returned to his alma mater, the University of Newcastle, as a UNIX systems manager. This was a crucial time for UNIX at the University with the advent of the World-Wide-Web and the decline of VMS. David moved on to a brief stint in consulting, before returning to the University as IT Manager in 1998. In 2001, he joined an international software company as Asia-Pacific troubleshooter, specialising in AIX, HP/UX, Solaris and database systems. Settling down in Newcastle, David then found niche roles delivering hard-core tech to the recruitment industry and presently is the Chief Information Officer for a national resources company where he particularly specialises in mergers and acquisitions and enterprise applications.