Building on the success of its recently launched netbook for education, Dell announced two new offerings here today that expand its K-12 technology portfolio and make it easier for students, teachers, and parents to connect with one another and share information.
Through a partnership with Stoneware, Dell can provide education customers with software that delivers access to applications and services in a private cloud computing model. Stoneware’s webNetwork creates a “private” cloud computing environment that enables students, teachers and parents to use district applications, hosted applications, student portfolios, and learning resources through a secure virtual web desktop.
The cloud-based solution allows 24/7 access to learning materials from school-issued or personal devices. It also enables educators to differentiate instruction to accommodate learning styles, individualize lessons and assess student progress to adjust content and delivery.
Dell also unveiled a Mobile Computing Station for Latitude 2100 netbooks designed to make cloud-based system management, student sharing and security simple and convenient, allowing teachers to focus on students’ achievement, not on managing technology. Remote management also allows delivery of system updates while netbooks are charging and locked in the Station during class breaks or overnight. The Station also stores, charges and networks up to 24 Latitude 2100 netbooks with just one Ethernet cord and one power cord.
Mark Horan, vice president and general manager, Dell K-12 education commented, “Education leaders understand the benefit of integrating technology into the learning process to create connected classrooms that enhance student achievement. The paradigm shift from having functionality reside in a computer to residing in a cloud is an evolutionary step in driving technology into our classrooms.”