The tablet proposal works out to about AU $2,800 per student, which appears expensive. There are now folding touchscreen laptops about the size of an A4 pad, for under $500. These are suitable for older students.
not been shown to significantly benefit education and may have done some harm, by diverting resources from other educational initiatives.
An alternative strategy for Canberra would be to ensure that educational resources are available on the range of devices students have at home and school. A small fund could provide for disadvantaged students who cannot afford a $500 device. More could could then be spent on training teachers for the Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum, using the CSER Digital Technologies Courses and the Inspire Center.
Funds could also be used to allow some of Canberra's teachers to work on new materials for both Technologies curricular, for senior students.