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'Horse-and-cart' to 'Formula 1' internet
Imagine children in schools in the G21 region having access to internet at lightning fast speeds for large-scale simultaneous on-line learning.
We are talking internet speeds much faster than the NBN will provide, when it arrives.
Compare that to today’s reality, where some schools in our region can barely suck enough grunt from the internet to allow a portion of just one class in the school to be on-line at a time.
A pipe dream? Well, no!
Lightning fast internet speeds for our children’s education can be rolled out to many schools within the G21 region right now.
This ‘horse-and-cart’ to ‘Formula 1’ transition can be ours for just $3.96 million.
That’s a bargain.
It’s impossible to over emphasise the importance of a fast viable internet platform for preparing our next generation students to drive the region’s leadership in innovation, advanced education, research, collaboration and e-commerce.
The Geelong Secondary Schools and Community (GSSC) Digital Learning Hub would deliver this world-class internet access through Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet), a not-for-profit company owned by Australian universities and the CSIRO.
The GSSC Digital Learning Hub partners G21 region secondary schools (Catholic, Independent and Government) with Deakin University, The Gordon and Geelong Regional Library Corporation to share digital infrastructure and resources.
AARNet already operates a world-class high-speed 100 gigabit per second (Gbs) fibre optic network around Australia, and a 40Gbs fibre optic link to international destinations and a global research and education network.
AARNet can provide each partner school with a high-speed connection of 1Gbs to meet the learning requirements of their students, teachers and the wider education community.
No other current or future telecommunication provider (including the NBN Co) can provide, or is designed to deliver, content to the number of users that each of the GSSC Digital Learning Hub partners need to support at their individual sites.
AARNet will also provide partners with access to eduroam, a global network access service that provides students and teachers with seamless wireless and internet connectivity when moving to or visiting universities, further learning institutions and research facilities worldwide.
Is it any wonder that the G21 Board has recently adopted as a G21 Priority Project the roll-out of the Geelong Secondary Schools and Community Digital Learning Hub.
G21 has already begun concerted advocacy for this project to state and federal politicians. The CEOs of G21 member municipal councils will further advocate for funds for the project when in Canberra next month (see item below).
Currently our region’s school teachers are being asked to prepare children to become leaders in a digital age, but we’re only supplying them with ‘horse-and-cart’ technology.
That’s not good enough, especially when ‘Formula 1’ technology is within our grasp.
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