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Lenovo, along with Acer, has supplied 10,000 of its netbooks to Victorian students at almost half the price of what it would cost regular consumers.The market value of the Lenovo netbooks, including insurance and associated options (including the extended battery etc) is $900. As the Victorian Government purchased such a large quantity of netbooks Lenovo was able to offer them a discount on the devices. In addition to the family contribution of $1 a week for three years, the Victorian Government contributed $312 per unit covering two-thirds of the cost.

Schools will own the netbooks, however students can take them home and will have an option to purchase in the final year of the pilot scheme.

This Netbook pilot will open the door for thousands of students at more than 344 schools in regional and traditionally lower socio-economic areas to keep pace with all the benefits of modern learning by making 24-hour online access possible for just $1 per week.

The project is aimed at 10,000 years 5, 6 and 7 and 8 students using the mini netbook computers from Acer and Lenovo, which is equipped with 28 educational software programs.

Software will include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium, animation program Kahootz, computer aided design program Google SketchUp and a range of other free open source multimedia programs.

The Acer and Lenovo mini netbooks, which weigh around one kilogram, are due to be delivered to the schools in late February and will come complete with a webcam and a comprehensive suite of software.

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