Dell has announced additions to its portfolio of education solutions to take advantage, the company says, of the fast-changing classroom environment and to provide students with a wider selection of devices to suit their unique learning needs.
Launched this week are the:
* Dell Chromebook 11, Venue 10 and Venue 10 Pro 5000 Series tablets;
* Latitude 11 Education Series;
* Interactive Projector S510.
These will boost existing Dell solutions – desktop virtualisation environments, thin client endpoints, desktops and all-in-ones.
“The classroom is changing quickly, and innovative technology is a major way for students to enjoy a collaborative educational experience,” says Boitumelo Kgonare, Client Product Marketing Manager at Dell South Africa. “Education devices need to be more than just robust. They need to be powerful and flexible enough to suit individual learning needs, and make collaborating within the classroom simple. Our latest education solutions give students, teachers and IT managers the tools they need to provide an engaging learning experience.”
The second-generation Chromebook 11 features what Dell describes as a range of industry-leading updates including a 180-degree LCD hinge screen, an anti-glare HD touch display and front-facing integrated HD video webcam. It has up to 10 hours of battery life and is also the first to feature an “Activity Light”, which Dell says allows teachers to easily monitor student activity and facilitate more meaningful classroom interactions such as orchestrating student groups doing quick quizzes and polls. The device can be coupled with Google Apps for Education. And it’s not only smart, but rugged too: it is tested to US Military Standard for durability and includes Corning Gorilla Glass NBT for superior surface strength as well as an exclusive fully sealed keyboard and touchpad.
The two lightweight new Venue tablets (one Android and one Windows) feature a 10,1 inch HD touch display, attachable and reversible keyboard and Near Field Communication.
The ruggedised Latitude 11 arrives pre-loaded with Dell Data Protection and Encryption security software. Its 11,6-inch display comes in touch or non-touch.
Dell’s latest version of its KACE K1000 Systems Management Device features first to market systems management support for Chromebooks, enabling educators to configure, secure and manage all school and student devices in multi-platform environments. The latest additions to the company’s ProSupport Plus combines priority access to expert support, accidental damage repair, and proactive monitoring for automatic issue prevention and resolution.