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Classmate+ From Intel And Lenovo Is One For The Kids

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Classmate+ From Intel And Lenovo Is One For The Kids

With education standard slipping consistently over the last couple of decades, educators the world over are looking for anything that can help them engage their students and those ever-selfless people at Intel and Lenovo have come up with something which is sure to grab the children’s attention.

The clamshell Classmate+ PC is a collaboration between Intel and Lenovo and will see the netbook being sold exclusively to educational institutes. It is being aimed at students aged from Kindergarten up to age 13 or 14. The partners call it “a purpose-built laptop designed to improve learning for students.” In a bid to help the children, the laptop will come pre-loaded with Intel’s Learning Series software which has educational software as well as teaching resources. Since Intel first introduced the Learning Series back in 2006, more than 3 million classmate PCs have been shipped worldwide.

The Classmate+ will come with Intel’s Atom N455 processor, a 10.1in LED-backlit LCD screen, a 1.3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and Windows 7. Customisable options include 8GB or 16GB SSD, 160GB or 250GB HDD, 1GB or 2GB of RAM and 3- or 6-cell batteries which give you between 3.5 hours and 9 hours of life. As we said the Classmate+ PC will not be available to the general consumer but Intel and Lenovo have already secured the first shipment, with 158,000 units heading to children in Buenos Aires in Argentina.

So is this the future of education or is it just another step towards the continuing diminution in education standards?

Source: Engadget

mrjohnp

March 10, 2011, 5:48 pm

Greetings. A step in the right direction ('Shift Happens'. Children have a tendency to 'power down' when they come into 'Western' schools but I think over there it will be the opposite, 'Powering-Up'.
A great move forward for them but it's a pity they didn't choose the Classmate Convertable which converts from clamshell to touch-screen tablet with a swivel screen. But beggers can not be choosers and it's far better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick (I think that was Monty Pythons).
We have a few of these at our school but found the rubber handle (a great idea) breaks quite easily and once gone can not be repaired/replaced.

Norbury

March 10, 2011, 6:39 pm

Where does this nonsense about decreasing education standards come from? If I wanted to read the Daily Mail I'd go to their website.

Spunjji

March 10, 2011, 7:41 pm

What Norbury said.

GoldenGuy

March 12, 2011, 11:46 am

"With education standard slipping"

...Bueller? ...Bueller?

Gk.pm

March 15, 2011, 12:31 pm

In the education market, far from machine specs etc what really matters is software. For example Portugal has been putting Classmate PCs in the hands of children (at around £45 or free for low income parents) for 3 years now, but recent studies just show kids just use them to keep entertained and there's very little learning progress if at all.

The biggest reason pointed is that software is very limited and teachers don't have a clue how to turn the whole thing into an engaging learning experience despite having attended many Intel market^Wtraining sessions. I think we have to remember that humans rarely learn when having fun, it's only when one is challenged that it happens.

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