Intel joins the tablet device party.
With the successful debut of the classmate laptop, Intel has decided to introduce a new range of tablet devices designed for the education sector. The use of tablet technology in the classroom has increased dramatically over the past 18 months, with many schools deciding to replace their ailing laptop hardware with cost-effective, practice tablet devices such as the iPad, or Android devices. Intel has clearly identified this change of tack.
What screen sizes are available?
The new Education Tablets from Intel are available in 7 inch and 10 inch display sizes. The tablet has designed specifically for the education sector with features built to meet the requirements of students. The tablets both feature multi touch displays and e-reader software, allowing students access to online content.
Both tablets feature front and rear cameras. The rear camera is 2-megapixels, the front of 0.3 megapixels designed for video calls. Each tablet features speakers and a microphone making it easy to share information with others in the school, as well as students’ data on the internet.
Both models feature a variant of the latest Intel Atom processor with 1GB of RAM; however, the two tablets have varying specifications. The smaller model has a single core Atom Z2420 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with a screen resolution of 1024×600. There is 8GB of storage with an Android 4.1 OS system. The tablet can run for 8 hours without being on charge and can support a capacitive stylus. The tablet weighs 355g.
The larger tablet has a screen resolution of 1280×800, with a dual core Atom Z2460 processor running at a 1.6GHz speed and 16GB of internal storage. The tablet runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The battery is predicted to last for 6.5 hours, less than the smaller tablet.
Other features include:
- USB port
- microSD slot
- audio in/out combo
Accessories include a magnification lens and a plug in thermal probe, which can also be used in science experiments.
Software includes the Intel Education Software, which is pre-loaded into the tablet. More information about this software can be found here on the Intel website.
The software includes education apps and tools such as an ebook reader and can work alongside classroom management software for teachers. The tablets are kept safe from malware with the Intel Education Software IT. Some examples of the software available include:
- The interactive eReader known as Kno Textbooks enables students to view videos, 3D models and lesson tools and links.
- The Intel Education Lab Camera includes six different imaging and analysis tools such as a microscope and time lapse cam.
- SPARKvue – a data analysis application ideal for subjects such as science and maths.
- My Notes and MyScript Notes mobile are parts of the software which give students access to virtual notebooks helping them organised information from a number of sources.
- The Intel Education Media Camera enables students to edit and create multimedia for various school based projects.
- The ArtRage app is an excellent tool for all art based subjects. The software features painting and drawing tools with effects such as watercolour, ink pen, flood fill, gloop pen, sticker spray and text.
In addition, there are 60 built in labs based on subjects such as; temperature, acceleration, sound, capturing and annotating images as well as light and magnetometer.
The Intel Education Resources available provide a range of educational and digital literacy resources, designed to help students when they are not in school. There is also information available for teachers to aid in their professional development. The content is based on information from the Intel Skool and Khan Academy, as well various language resources from the British Council.
The education software supports Pen Technology with allows students to use the tablet with a special stylus or just a finger.
The Intel Education Tools utilise Classroom Management software, which is ideal for diverse learning styles such as group and entire class activities. The software makes it possible for students to take part in interactive lessons, quizzes, assessments as well as talk to other students.
The Parents Carefree software gives teachers and parents the ability to control students’ online access and content. The tablet is protected by McAfee Antivirus Plus / Mobile Security giving 5 years virus protection and Internet Security. The software provides web and email protection with a user orientated interface.
When will the education tablet be available?
Intel is yet to confirm a release date or pricing for its new range of laptops. Speak with your local education distributer or School IT Support specialist to find out more information. One thing is certain, an organisation such as Intel will not enter a project such as this halfhearted and you can be sure that the new hardware will compete with Apple and Android tablet devices technically, commercially and financially. With Intel investing heavily in the sector, the future is looking bright for technology in education.
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David is currently writing a series of technology articles for various organisations in the US and in the UK. Currently working as a full-time marketing consultant for a living, David has many years’ experience in the IT Sector, helping businesses understand the cloud and how it can be used to improve their business.