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[4]: I'm a bit off but...
by kwan_e on Tue 23rd Jan 2018 11:20 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: I'm a bit off but..."
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"The first question to ask is does laptops actually help with education?

Research says not really.

Citation needed!

Have you been living under a rock?

It is obvious that computers

"Obvious" means nothing, and it says a lot about science education that people still think "obvious" or "makes sense to me" is an adequate substitute for real results.

(laptops/tablets/my-first-sony) can help with education.

Hypothesis does not meet experience.

A computer is also far cheaper (1000 Euro for hardware+software+maintenance per year) than a teacher (60000 Euro per year).

Completely irrelevant. One good teacher can do more than however many laptops you can put in front of a student. A teacher can/should adapt to the student (if only they weren't being forced to teach to the test). Properly training and paying for teachers is much more cost efficient than dumping technology on people.

Edited 2018-01-23 11:20 UTC

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