Dell evolves

Dell has launched a number of new services and products, as part of its Connected Classroom learning environment.

“These help provide schools and teachers with the necessary technology and understanding to transform the traditional classroom into an environment in which students can be nurtured and prepared for life in the digital age,” Dell said in a statement.

Last year, with design input from educators, Dell launched the Connected Classroom offering with the goal of helping schools to integrate information and communication technologies (ICT) beyond the PC lab into every aspect of the teaching and learning environment.

Dell said that by incorporating innovative, educational functionality into multi-purpose devices, such as teacher and student PCs, classroom projectors and printers, schools can minimise the cost of purchasing and managing dedicated hardware devices and focus resources on enhancing teaching and learning.

The recent announcement includes the launch of:

• Dell Latitude 2110 – the next evolution of Dell’s popular netbook offers several enhancements that support the rapid adoption and use of digital content in the classroom. In addition to the rubberised coating on the chassis the optional keyboard featuring anti-microbial protection (Footnote 1) now also includes a “tamper-resistant” design to help prevent loss of key-caps. An optional high definition Truelife display (1366x768) and optional Broadcom Crystal HD accelerator make the most of rich new content and on-line assessments.

• Dell Mobile Computing Station – storing up to 24 netbooks, it allows teachers or students to transport shared Latitude 2110’s or 2100’s from classroom to classroom, as well as including a wireless access point, device charging indicators and a wake-on LAN feature.

• Dell S300wi Interactive, Short Throw Projector– combining the capabilities of an interactive pen with this multi-purpose, short throw projector, teachers can make virtually any smooth surface an interactive learning space.

• Dell multi-function printers – choose from select multi-function printers with software that transforms manual, paper-based processes into easy and efficient digital workflows. The solution bundles a set of education-specific applications that provide print-on-demand bubble sheet tests, instant grading results (a server with Windows® and additional software is required) and reporting.