Last week we continued our education research with a trip to BETT show – the place where educators and tech companies alike meet up to discover the best in educational technology, and work out which tablet is most worth the investment.
Apple have selected a number of companies as Apple Solution Experts (ASEs) to help schools integrate iPads into school environments. Staff in schools are trained and given recommendations for better facilities. General support is given to ensure that teachers of all levels of experience can seamlessly use Apple technology in class.
The iPad seems to be the most natural option for the classroom environment – the battery lasts all day, it turns on in seconds and with the release of the iPad mini, prices have reduced significantly.
Windows were by far the most prominent player at BETT, and sponsors of a purpose-built amphi-theatre where talks took place during the show. This support for Windows 8 technology, was mirrored on the large Lenovo stand, where they were showcasing the ThinkPad Tablet 2 which is well positioned with full Microsoft office compatibility and optional digitiser and pen.
We also noticed a growth in tablets designed specifically for schools, which are often running on Android. An example at BETT was the Avantis LearnPad, this tablet runs features which might be present via apps on other devices, such as painting and drawing tools, music players and maths games. But what really sets it apart is the child safe web browser; and the security that offers to schools.
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The developments at BETT excite us, as a lot of the themes and ideas resonate with our roadmap for Education. We already have top publishers such as Folens, McGraw-Hill and Oxford University Press working with us to support their digital publishing strategies – and we can see this expanding as we develop further tools for using our technology in the classroom.
Our cross-platform app already enables publishers to push their content out to iOS, Android and devices running Windows. The freehand colouring tool and ability for teachers to communicate a message directly to groups will strengthen this.
We would welcome the opportunity to speak to any educational publishers about their plans to role out Digital textbooks, and find out how our technology can help you with your plans. Just email email@example.com or call 01200 420 500.