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Dell launches connected classroom in India

Dell has launched its connected classroom solution in India. Combining innovative technology, products, services, software and training, the Dell connected classroom makes digital learning a reality.

Providing teachers with the tools needed to equip students with the 21st century skills that they will need to be competitive in the global economy, this is the vendor’s education technology blueprint for primary and middle school learning environments. This is a follow up to last year’s launch of the Latitude 2100, Dell’s education netbook.

ICT usage in schools has not fundamentally changed the way children are educated. Most lessons are still taught by a single teacher standing in front of a class. By integrating technology into every aspect of learning, Dell is making an attempt wherein teachers give students the means to learn at their own pace, interact with each other and explore the world around them.

There are currently 1.3 million schools in India with ICT penetration of approximately 14%. It is estimated that with 7% of India’s population going online, 44% of these netizens are students.

Neeraj Gupta, General Manager for Public, Dell India, said, “One-fourth of Dell’s revenues globally come from the Public division and the education vertical is going to be a key area of focus for Dell in the current financial year. Dell India recently ranked No. 1 for notebooks according to IDC and through this solution we are focusing on providing mobility in the education sector and will look at strengthening that position. We have done our homework and listened to educators, policy makers and IT leaders about what they need to transform teaching and learning to provide vital 21st Century skills. We are applying our learning to designing technology solutions that help turn this collaborative vision into a reality with the connected classroom.”

Purpose-built Latitude 2100 netbooks feature innovations like optional touchscreens that can be used with Web 2.0 tools to handle the most robust applications, allowing students to embark upon projects such as video editing and collaboration. Dell’s Mobile Computing Station cart allows IT staff to manage software and upgrades remotely from a central hub, significantly reducing cost and complexity. The company’s projectors, interactive whiteboards and audio systems help teachers differentiate instruction for multiple learning styles, individualize lessons for each student's needs, and encourage students to collaborate and communicate.

Highlights of the connected classroom

  • With a wide range of devices that help pupils connect, collaborate and learn, this solution enables teachers to personalize learning according to individual learning styles of pupils.
  • With Student Response systems and software, teachers can maximize student understanding, encouraging critical thinking and problem solving.
  • Teachers can view all connected student workstations simultaneously, in thumbnail size, which can be adjusted along with update intervals.
  • It enables simultaneous collaboration of students on an interactive whiteboard and allows teachers to document class discussions allowing real-time student assessments for parents to see online.
  • Secure access to the school network from any Internet-enabled device allows pupils to work anytime and anywhere from the classroom desk to the kitchen table

 


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