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Tablets and Netbooks Play a Pivotal Role in Today’s Classroom

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has stated four key priorities for the Obama administration. Every school in the country has been asked to meet the following goals:

• Adopt rigorous standards
• Train and retain high-quality teachers
• Use data systems to track student progress continually
• Turn around low-performing schools.

In order to meet these goals, many school districts are adopting what is called one-to-one computing, meaning that each student uses their own personal computing device for their class work. Nationwide, schools are using one-to-one initiatives to put computers into the hands of every student, and for good reason. The cost of printing textbooks continues to rise, while school budgets tighten. With each textbook costing an average of $100 or more, the ability to download e-books can save enough money for the student’s computing device to pay for itself.

There’s also the fact that one-to-one initiatives level the playing field for students of all income levels where previously students with computers and access to high speed internet had a clear advantage over classmates who did not. Access to educational software, the ability to research more quickly and easily, and enhanced note-taking capabilities are all advantages to computing devices in the classroom.

As schools strive for one-to-one computing, ed-tech leaders are wisely using their technology budgets to purchase tablets or netbooks to equip teachers and students. There are many benefits to these lighter mobile machines and CTL has three great models to choose from!

2goPad SL10
This PC tablet is the lightest and easiest to transport, with a weight of only 2.6 pounds and dimensions of 10.3″ x 6.6″ x 0.72″. But don’t let the size fool you. Unlike other tablets on the market, the 2goPad SL10 is a real PC with built-in internet capabilities that allows students to use multiple programs at once. Stylus and handwriting recognition software are great for note taking, and Microsoft® Windows® 7 supports a variety of educational games and programs.

Features and benefits include:
• Internet Connectivity that includes Wifi, Bluetooth, and wired 10/100 connection as well as 3G connectivity from AT&T
• Intel® AtomTM N470 processor (up to 40% more energy efficient than previous models)
• 250GBHD and 2GB of DDR2 memory
• Built-in 1.3 megapixel video webcam
• USB Ports to plug in a keyboard and mouse
• VGA port to connect to an external monitor, if needed
• Comes with an attractive, protective custom leather case

2go Classmate E11 
This lightweight, ruggedized netbook was built for students and educators. Unlike many student computers, its keyboard is nearly the same size (90%) of a traditional keyboard. At only 3.4 pounds, the lightweight 2go Classmate PC E11 features durability designed for students such as a shock-mounted scratch- and water-resistant LCD Screen, spill-resistant keyboard with antimicrobial protective coating, reinforced corners, and protective rubberized case with removable handle. It even has a sensor that shuts down the hard drive to prevent damage in the event of a fall. Each PC E11 is ready to go right out of the box with Microsoft Windows 7 and educational computing software pre-installed.
Features and benefits include:
• Internet connectivity – 3G ready so you can go online anywhere, anytime. In addition, the built-in wireless B/G/N allows for a faster, stronger wireless internet connection.
• Intel® Atom® processor
• 160 GB hard drive (larger SSD options available) and 1 GB of RAM (upgradeable to 2 GB). The RAM has been updated from DDR2 to DDR3, meaning it’s faster and uses less power.
• Battery life is estimated at 40% longer than previous netbooks. The 6-cell battery lasts up to 8.5 hours!
• Built-in 1.3 megapixel video webcam

Convertible Classmate PC NL2 Pro 10” Netbook
At only 3.7 pounds, this convertible model offers the versatility of a tablet and a netbook combined! The newest in the Convertible Classmate PC line, this 10” computer features a rotating screen that when flat, functions as a tablet, and when turned upwards reveals a keyboard and becomes a netbook. It features the same ruggedized design as the 2go Classmate E11, and also comes with Microsoft Windows 7 as well as handwriting recognition software for use with the tablet and stylus. When functioning as a tablet, the high-resolution touchscreen is easy to control and read.

The Convertible Classmate PC NL2 Pro Netbook has all the same great features as the Classmate E11, with the benefits of a tablet built in. In addition, the NL2’s 1.3 megapixel webcam is designed to swivel so that video presentations can be created from anywhere in the room.

CTL has the solutions for today’s classroom with its line of lightweight, ultra-mobile, powerful, and versatile machines. It’s an exciting time to be in education, with so much technology and information readily available. Whether it’s a tablet, netbook, or combination of both, students and teachers will be equipped for success.