Laptop for education

More often than not Schools have to ‘make do’ with standard laptops (or netbooks) which seldom seem completely suitable for school.  That looks a bit different with the new offering from Dell.

This one has a rubberized design, locations for carry handle and straps, Touchscreen, and a charging station that handles 24 machines on a single power cable.

Prices start from about £250 (I think) – remember it’s a netbook.  I can’t find details on the Dell website at the moment though.

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  1. That looks really good, Bob! I advise lots of schools on schemes to get their students on 1:1 devices, and picking the right bit of kit is often a really tricky task.

    On our schemes, parents contribute to the cost, where they’re able to do so – often with grant funding from our charity to support those on lower incomes. At the end schools offer parents the chance to take the laptops for final fee. This means that sustainability comes from finding a device which will be low cost enough for parents to contribute to. A £250 device is perfect – around £10 per month for 2 years, or £7 per month for 3 years.

    Obviously, we work with schools to factor in insurance, warranty, tech support, connectivity and other areas, but getting a hard wearing device in that price bracket is really good news!

    http://www.e-learningfoundation.com

  2. Thanks for commenting Lucy.

    We do have some schools (in Wiltshire) working with the e-learningfoundation and the feedback seems very positive. It certainly seems like a really good way forward and – as you say – netbooks seem to be a cost effective solution.

    Keep up the good work – it is appreciated

  3. WOW. £314 seems a bit steep.

    Spec looks to be a 1.6Ghz Atom with 512 Mb RAM. Hard drive seems to be selectable – so maybe an extra cost?

    Doesn’t seem to be particularly high spec … hummm..

  4. Thanks Bob!

    £314 is quite high, but I did notice that that’s a 3 year warranty, which is pretty good, and only an additional £8 to add in a camera.

    Lots of the schools working with us are telling me about how much they use the camera in teaching and learning, particularly with KS1 -3, so I’d suggest that on whatever device you choose, it’s worth considering that as an add-in.

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