Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s tablets that have just been released and branded as “Education Tablets” won’t turn any heads in the tablet world but may appeal to school districts short on cash though interested in expanding the minds of their charges.
Both tablets, a 7″ and 10″ version, will be powered by Intel’s Z2460 processors and will come with a number of educational applications pre-installed. Both tablets will run a version of Android over 4.0. Pricing is vague at best, volume and need being the driving factors for school districts interested in either version, and an Intel consultation will be a large part of the purchase terms.
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Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) tablets for schools designed specifically for education
Both tablets will include a software suite to keep students safe, help teachers teach, and protect the eLearning tools that Intel hopes will allow students to learn the vital skills required in the years ahead of them.
The cornerstones of these tablets according to Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) are:
- Built-in tools that support project-based inquiry and mobile learning environments
- Multi-touch display and e-Reader software to access online content
- Front and rear cameras bringing scientific inquiry to life
- Integrated speakers and microphone that enable rich multi-media content creation and viewing.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s school software suite
With the underpowered Z2460 processor, this may just work. In addition to the aforementioned goals and features, the software suite will include a number of programs that Intel hopes will make learning fun:
SPARKvue is a data analysis application for science and math concepts that uses built in camera and sensors. 60 built in labs make it easy for teachers to get started or create their own custom labs. Lab topics include: temperature, acceleration, sound, capturing and annotating images, light and magnetometer.
Kno® TEXTBOOKS is an interactive eReader that will provide students with the ability to experience and explore rich content, such as videos, 3D models, and linked glossaries, as well as term and course management tools to keep materials organized and learning focused.
ArtRage will provide students with a fun, easy-to-use painting and drawing tools that enable students to explore creativity and communicate visually. The software includes a wide range of tools and effects: watercolor, ink pen, flood fill, gloop pen, sticker spray and text among others.
There are a number of additional programs that promote exploration while offering teachers an opportunity to better manage large classrooms.