The gang from 3Com went back to school recently, not to further their education, but to celebrate the 4000th install of 3Com switches into Australian schools.
The feat was achieved at the Sydney Girls High School (SGHS). To celebrate the networking vendor took a cake along for the students to enjoy while showing recent projects they had been working on.
According to 3Com managing director, Mike Clarke, the company has always focused on the education sector as a market for potential growth.
He told ARN that high-school students were now using networks for high-storage multimedia programs.
“These days, student use of computers is a lot more demanding than most businesses, and a powerful network is vitally important,” he said. “3Com is committed to partnering with schools to connect teachers to technology and technology to learning.”
A government selective school, SGHS has more than 250 student computers. The network is predominantly used for curriculum applications, Internet, intranet and email.
Principal of SGHS, Margaret Varady, said 3Com technology allowed the school to provide students with both the best and affordable IT learning tools.
“The network provides the backbone upon which IT systems operate,” she said. “Students must be armed with technology that will deliver optimum performance.”
The school has employed a part-time network administrator and IT leader, Wendy Herbert, who teaches the multimedia programs.
Herbert said schools should provide an online learning environment for education.
“It is great for us [SGHS] that we have a principal with the foresight and vision to understand the future of education,” she said. “Our network is reliable and fast enough to encourage the girls to use computers even more for research and learning purposes.”
3Com has partnered with ASI, CDM and Vectra to complete the installs.
Rumour has it the cake was last seen heading towards the staff room.