An alliance of IT and telecomms vendors was formed yesterday to encourage the use of Internet in schools around Europe. Companies including Oracle, Apple, Sun Microsystems, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom will work together to help schools hook up to the Net.
The alliance, called the European Education Partnership, was launched to coincide with this week?s EC conference on education in Brussels. The group will play a key role in the EC?s Netdays, a week of Commission-sponsored events to encourage schools and private firms to work together to use the Internet as a learning tool.
Netdays will take place between 18 and 25 October, when schools will register their Web sites and Internet projects on an EC database. Private firms are also being asked to sponsor specific projects.
An Apple spokesperson said: ?The lack of coordination between IT and telecomms players makes it difficult for a school to get an overall view of the right products for their specific needs. The creation of an industrial European Education Partnership offers the ideal solution.?
As part of the initiative, Apple has created the Apple Distinguished School Programme, in which the company will identify a group of pioneering schools across Europe and help them develop their expertise.
Colin MacGregor, Apple?s education marketing manager, said: ?Technology in education is not just about a couple of computers sitting in the corner of a classroom. To get a full educational benefit, computers must be integrated into the curriculum and learning process.?
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