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iPads for science students: the future's in their hands



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iPADS FOR SCIENCE STUDENTS: THE FUTURE’S IN THEIR HANDS

02 Feb 2011

The University of Adelaide's Faculty of Sciences is transforming teaching and learning with a new online study tool — an Apple iPad. Around 750 students will receive a free iPad as part of the first year Bachelor of Science programs.

Presenting the first iPad to 18 year old student Charlotte Chapple, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr congratulated the University of Adelaide on this innovative approach to learning.

“Generations of students have relied on expensive books and journals that were always out of date, out on loan, or out of their price range. Technology is lifting those barriers for students today,” Senator Carr said.

Using their iPads, students will be able to access course materials, replay live science experiments and manipulate complex data.

“While the University of Adelaide is providing these iPads, accessing the knowledge they hold would not be possible without high speed broadband infrastructure.

“The Australian Government believes every Australian deserves to share the incredible opportunities broadband presents today.

“The National Broadband Network will ensure 93 per cent of Australian premises have access to a high-speed fibre network providing broadband speeds of up to 100 megabits per second. Other areas will see very significant improvements, thanks in a large part to Australian research. This is a nation-building investment and it will enrich the learning experience of students around the country, from primary school to university.”

Also at the University of Adelaide, Senator Carr was pleased to participate in an illumination ceremony for the new Illumin8 Building, which will house the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS). The Australian Government is providing over $28 million to establish IPAS through the Education Investment Fund.

Senator Carr said IPAS will bring together physicists, chemists and biologists to pursue a collaborative approach to science. “Our investment in high quality research infrastructure is critical to maintaining our place in the global knowledge economy. The new facility will attract the world’s best photonics researchers to Adelaide - and their discoveries will fuel growth in Australian industry.

For more information on the Gillard Labor Government’s investment in universities and research, please visit www.innovation.gov.au.