The Queensland Government has made the decision for schools to continue online learning for (at least) the first five weeks of term two. Unfortunately, many students don’t have access to internet or technology to work from home. QRC has investigated the possibility of industry providing technology to schools to help navigate this period.
QRC has had an overwhelming response to the need for laptops, iPads and SIM cards in schools and has been approached by a number of companies to facilitate contact in schools. There are a range of service providers who can either provide new laptops, repurpose laptops and send to schools e.g. Tech to Country initiative or send laptops to schools after they have been cleaned e.g. GIVIT.
The Queensland Department of Education has provided QRC with introductions to its IT vendors to work with QRC and interested members around supply of new equipment at the same cost that it is provided to the department. Please note there is a global demand for product and if companies do wish to secure new devices for schools within their communities they are encouraged to work directly with the vendors as identified below who will provide details on the specifications currently provided into the schools. Please reference the Queensland Department of Education and Queensland Resources Council in any subsequent correspondence to ensure the connection is made to secure equipment in the first instance and at reasonable prices.
See below for a range of options that companies could utilise to assist schools within their communities with home learning:
HP vendor David Wain, National Practice Manager – Education Sector Data 3: www.data3.com.au P: 0413 442 668 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daren Simmons, Oceanic Managing Director – Acer Computer Australia Pty Limited E: Darren.email@example.com
David Brown, Account Executive – Department of Education Queensland Dell Technologies | Commercial Sales P: 0439 158 090 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tech to Country initiative: Cleans and repurposes laptops and delivers to areas in need as per instructions by the company GI Asset Management https://www.g1am.com.au/
Contact: Joel Prokic P: 0433 19 65 65 E: email@example.com
GIVIT provides donations to any community as per the instruction of the donor. In the case of laptops these do need to be cleaned before sending to GIVIT: http://www.givit.org.au/
Contact: Sharnie Monaghan P: 0436 521 705 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, please contact QRC directly to support any schools under the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy banner through Skills, Education & Diversity Director Katrina Lee Jones P: 0421 922 446 E: email@example.com