Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2018 17:51 UTC

Microsoft is making a bigger push to keep students and teachers using Windows this week. At the annual Bett education show in London, Microsoft is revealing new Windows 10 and Windows 10 S devices that are priced from just $189. The software giant is also partnering with the BBC, LEGO, NASA, PBS, and Pearson to bring a variety of Mixed Reality and video curricula to schools.

Lenovo has created a $189 100e laptop. It’s based on Intel’s Celeron Apollo Lake chips, so it’s a low-cost netbook essentially, designed for schools. Lenovo is also introducing its 300e, a 2-in-1 laptop with pen support, priced at $279. The new Lenovo devices are joined by two from JP, with a Windows Hello laptop priced at $199 and a pen and touch device at $299. All four laptops will be targeted towards education, designed to convince schools not to switch to Chromebooks.

I'm not sure if these wil persuade schools away from Chromebooks, but assuming non-education customers can get them as well, they may be great little machines for running secondary operating systems on.

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RE[3]: I'm a bit off but...
by Adurbe on Tue 23rd Jan 2018 10:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I'm a bit off but..."
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The reality of the modern work place means that familiarity with working on computers is probably more important than handwriting (which is taught directly).

From simple note taking to any form of document writing. A computer is the go-to device. Yet, we don't teach kids effective typing techniques. In part, this is why RSI is so prevalent in the workplace.

It depends if you consider the role of education is (at least in part) to also prepare you for the workplace or not. Personally, I do.

I would be interested to see the research you are referring to that says it doesn't help though. Always willing to learn after all!

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