BT and Nortel launch schools technology initiatives

BT and Nortel launch schools technology initiatives
Richard Wilson
Technology in schools projects have been announced separately by Nortel and BT. Education and employment minister Dr Kim Howells has welcomed BT’s low cost Internet access scheme for schools and Nortel’s classroom teaching initiative in IT.
BT’s schools Internet service is seen by the minister as supporting the government’s plans to wire up all primary and secondary schools to a National Grid for learning by 2002. BT is offering 32,000 schools unlimited access to on-line services over standard telephone lines for as little as ?445 a year. The faster ISDN service costs ?790 per year.
Nortel’s SchoolWise programme involves several national projects with its employees playing active roles in supporting the teaching of technology and IT skills in primary and secondary schools.

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