This is a guest blog from Annette Jump , research director, and Lillian Tay, principle research analyst, in Gartner’s Technology and Service Providers Research group.
During IDF, Intel announced the 4th generation of its clamshell Classmate PC and the 2nd generation of its convertible device. While originally Classmate PCs were targeted at emerging markets, they are now finding their way into growing numbers of K-8 schools in mature markets of the US and Western Europe. The new models of classmate offer:
- Greater ruggedness and the ability to withstand a table height drop
- Waterproof keyboards
- A textured surface that is less slippery and is anti-microbial.
At the same time, Intel announced the new Intel Learning Series Education Channel on the AppUp Store where Intel Learning Series Alliance members can post their applications for free trial and sale to end users. The new education channel will also be an important tool to help teachers and parents choose the appropriate applications to customize the learning environment on each child’s Classmate PC.
Applications that will be immediately available on the Intel Learning Series Education Channel include:
- Algoryx – interactive physics instructions
- Brain POP – animation application
- Core Learning – thinking games
- Dreamalings – application for creating storyboards
- EasyBits – family education games
- Edu2000 – interactive math and science
- Netsweeper – for setting up parental controls for safe web surfing.
The new Classmate PC models are highly targeted to the needs of lower school students. The new distribution channel is designed to make education applications more widely available for educational organizations, parents and even kids. Both of these advances should serve to integrate the Classmate PC even further into education programs as well as help both Intel and its partners expand Classmate PC sales in the next 12-24 months.
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