Two schools receive $25,000 worth of wireless equipment

Local distributor, Wavelink Communications will work with the two winners The Lakes College and Sacred Heart Primary School providing them with wireless technology for their needs

Wireless LAN vendor, Meru Networks, along with its local distributor, Wavelink Communications, have awarded two Australian schools with a share of $25,000 worth of wireless technology as part of its ‘Winter of Wireless’ K-12 school promotion.

The two schools - The Lakes College in Queensland and Sacred Heart Primary School in Melbourne were both chosen to receive new wireless technology.

“While the original promotion was for one winner, the quality of responses and genuine need of the schools prompted Wavelink to award two wireless networks,” Wavelink managing director, Ilan Rubin, said in a statement.

“Mobile computing initiatives are changing the way children learn in K-12 environments. Laptop carts, video learning and one-to-one computing programs have combined with small IT teams and shrinking budgets to drive the need for high density, simple to manage and intelligent wireless networks.

Wavelink will work with The Lakes College and Sacred Heart School to ensure that the wireless networks provided are tailored to suit their requirements.

The Lakes College IT manager, David Kleinschmidt, said the ongoing funding challenges of a new school mean that keeping up with the latest technology developments can be difficult.

“Winning the Meru Networks’ Winter of Wireless K-12 school promotion means that The Lakes College can now provide high quality wireless to all senior students on the 1:1 laptop program to effectively deliver learning and education programs, assessments and electronic textbooks without the high incidence of drop outs the students experience on the current network,” he said.

Sacred Heart School, deputy principal, Jan Hendry, said technology in education was moving fast, and having wireless access is critical to providing a flexible learning environment.