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 11:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 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).

Deary me, how did all of us who went to school without computers ever coped with getting/keeping/progressing jobs in the modern workplace?

Hint: some things people can learn on their own.

Computers aren't hard to learn, and ironically, if we did a better job of helping students learn to explore stuff on their own, they could adapt to any job. Computers are a distraction, not only to students but to the teaching. Spend the money on the teachers and everything else pays for itself.

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.

If anything, simple note taking is horrible on any computer device. Hell, I recently started going back to writing things down on paper because it is much faster to get access to and it aids memory much more than typing.

I suspect RSI is prevalent in the workplace because people are buying stupidly small keyboards with poor feedback. Every electronics store I walk into has mostly those dainty keyboards with poor travel and cramped layouts.

I've worked with mainframe programmers who can "hunt and peck" code on a traditional IBM/Lenovo rubber dome keyboard as fast as anyone touch typing on a dainty Mac keyboard, and they don't develop RSI.

Actually, I think it has to do more with the fact that we don't do as much manual labour as we used to, leading to weakening grip strength across generations.

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.

How much preparation do you really need to use a computer for "simple note taking" or "document writing"? You only need one hour to teach and learn touch typing at most. Then to use the Word or Excel you can google anything these days. You only really need a day to teach someone how to find the information they need.

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!

See my reply to avgalen.

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