Traditionally, the education market has been one of low returns for technology firms. Often strapped for resources and investing only in basic IT infrastructure, educational institutions the world over have often been criticized for languishing in the past.
With the increase in pace of new technological developments and the wild array of new form factors available to the average consumer in the present however, technology is increasingly being seen by educators as something that is less and less alien to the core educational experience. What was once scary, expensive and a little ‘sci-fi’ is now affordable, ubiquitous and, above all, expected.
Aware of this, technology firms have once again begun making serious moves into this space, which is what HP has done, announcing a number of new devices and services specifically tailored to the classroom environment. Among these are: National Education Technology Assessment, HP Education Edition tablets and a notebook, HP School Pack Software for education edition products, HP Education Cloud-first devices, Link Technology for Education, HP Teaching with Technology online courses.
All of these are designed to give HP an even greater presence in the education market than it already possesses. The National Education Technology Assessment program is intended to provide institutions with a resource which will allow them to best identify their needs in this area, in order to maximize outcomes for educators as well as pupils.
The new HP Education Edition (EE) tablets, intended to be a primary computing device, are built to be robust and versatile. Coming with a stated battery that can “last the entire school day”, the ability to run either Android or Windows, WLAN and WWAN options, along with a “full range of multimedia connections”, these devices promise to have at least a little utility in the classroom. The HP Pro Tablet 10 EE and HP Pro Slate 10 EE also feature an IP52 rating, ten-inch displays with anti-glare coating and optional styluses.
The HP Probook 11 EE notebook boast similar durability and versatility and comes with the option for a touch-screen. This is in addition to the HP Stream 11 Pro for Education and various HP Chromebooks, which have proven popular with educators across the country. All of these devices come running the HP School Pack, and the option for the HP Clarssroom Manager Student Edition, the whole package comes running,
“HP Classroom Manager Student Edition, one-year Absolute Data Protection Basic to protect student devices & data, the Oxford® Advanced Learners Dictionary, OverDrive™ including a library of eBooks and audiobooks curated for HP, and PASCO® SPARKVue™.”
Also announced was “Link Technology for Education”, an interesting concept that promises to make textbooks more interactive through the use of augmented-reality. Theoretically, this would allow pupils with a relevant mobile device to use interactive apps and the like to engage a little more vigorously with their education, and would allow teachers to experiment with a multitude of different forms when conveying information.
Lastly, HP announced “HP Program for International Student Assessment (PISA): A Tool for Teaching and Learning”, designed to educate ministers and teachers about the standard, maximizing their understanding in order to deliver it more effectively. The course can be found here.
In all, this is a comprehensive array of offerings from HP, clearly intended to cement its position as a major player in the education space. Expect to hear more such announcements from competitors in the coming months.
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