2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Mar 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/03/2004   
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In response to the demand from Social Science, Geography, Business and Mathematics teachers, the ABS has produced a product which allows school students to study and analyse census data in a classroom environment - Census for Schools (on CD-ROM).

Census for Schools contains a vast amount of census data combined with digital geographic boundaries. Students can select from a range of topics including education, housing, transport, religion, ethnicity and computer use, and then create maps, graphs and reports.

Census for Schools also allows students to import data that they have collected themselves or obtained from other sources, and combine it with census data on the same map.

In the interests of allowing as many schools as possible to access this powerful software package, Census for Schools is priced at just $1200 per school for an individual sale or $1000 under a bulk deal arrangement. Schools may network Census for Schools to up to 25 access points within the school environment for teaching purposes.

Teachers using Census for Schools have access to a range of support, including a free half-day of training, technical support from the Census Technical Helpline, on-line help, and access to lesson plans on the ABS web site.

Census for Schools provides students with an easy pathway into the growing field of GIS (Geographic Information Systems).