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PLC and Scotch College – first Australian schools with 10G AARNet connection

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Earlier this year, Perth schools Scotch College and Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) became the first Australian schools with a 10 gigabit per second connection to AARNet. The schools have a brother-sister relationship and share some resources, including IT resources, which allows both schools to offer an extended range of learning opportunities to their students in a cost-effective manner.

AARNet worked with the schools to engineer a high speed service with the goal of removing learning and teaching barriers that a lower speed connection might impose.

When asked about the connection, Anna Hu, Director of Information and Learning Technologies for both Scotch College and PLC said the schools looked to the future. “Not only does this connection put us ahead of the curve, we also expect that it will meet our needs for a long time to come,” she said.

This infrastructure investment gives the schools access to AARNet’s leading edge services and research and education community, providing new opportunities to engage students and enhance the curriculum.

“We are excited to explore the possibilities, particularly in bringing national and international experts to the schools in real time via telepresence, and enabling the broader use of video, collaborative technologies and cloud services at the schools,” said Hu.

Schools have several options for connecting to the high speed AARNet network, leading-edge services and K-12 community.

If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact AARNet’s Education Outreach Manager Nick Cross

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