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Round Two of the National Secondary School Computer Fund

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, is encouraging all eligible schools in Australia to be part of the second round of the Rudd Government’s National Secondary School Computer Fund.

The National Secondary School Computer Fund is part of the Rudd Government’s $1.2 billion commitment to help bring our classrooms into the 21st century.

Round One provided funding of $116 million to 896 schools, one third of secondary schools, across Australia. 95 per cent of secondary schools invited to apply in Round One did so.

From today, almost 1900 secondary schools across Australia will be able to apply in the second round. Round Two will provide funding of around $180 million and enable all remaining schools across Australia to achieve a computer to student ratio of 1:2.

The Rudd Government’s Digital Education Revolution will ensure a significant improvement to Australian secondary school students’ access to world-class information technology.

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has developed aBetter Practice Guide: ICT in Schools(the Guide) to provide advice and assistance to schools.

Online curriculum material, professional development for teachers and development of web portals for parents are other key elements being developed under the Digital Education Revolution policy package.

Over the life of the program, every Australian secondary school with students in Years 9-12 will benefit from the Fund, and schools can receive up to $1 million in funding depending on their enrolment and ICT needs.

The Rudd Government will continue to work with all State and Territory Governments and all State Independent and Catholic School systems to deliver the Digital Education Revolution.

Applications for this round will close on 9 October and schools are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible to enable schools to be advised of the outcome before the end of the school year.

Further information about the National Secondary School Computer Fund and a copy of The Guide is available at:

http://www.digitaleducationrevolution.gov.au