Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2018 17:51 UTC
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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[5]: I'm a bit off but...
by Adurbe on Wed 24th Jan 2018 11:44 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: I'm a bit off but..."
Adurbe
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2005-07-06

I thought I would do a bit of my own reading (benefits of working with academic publishers), and the headlines of the article don't particularly match with the academically peer reviewed research;

Technology as a Change Agent in the Classroom
https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-0-387-09667-4_9

"Further, the combination of the student “owned” laptops and the transformed classroom environment resulted in sustained gains in writing and problem-solving relative to comparison students. "

Its a modern habit to reference the article which summarises the research (BBC and Co) rather than the actual research and its findings. Have a read, but it doesn't look like the actual research matches your (quite ardent) assertions.

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RE[6]: I'm a bit off but...
by avgalen on Wed 24th Jan 2018 16:13 in reply to "RE[5]: I'm a bit off but..."
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2010-09-23

Thanks, but I, like many others, don't have access to the actual research (unless I pay 35-85 Euro) so we rely on summaries and other sources. Research is difficult enough to draw unbiased conclusions from. Almost all research will conclude that "children with access to computers have a better education than children without access to computers" which is logical because of the hidden factor of money.

The above mentioned article came from an interview as direct from a reliable source as I could expect. I drew an interesting conclusion from it: "no computers normal, some computer-time better, lots of computer-time worse".
As you could read from the discussion that followed (that I stepped out of because it was getting too heated and doesn't have much to do with the original topic anymore) this conclusion was already debatable.

So I did what most humans will do, I looked at this from personal experience and confirmed my own bias while adjusting it slightly.
(Old me thought lots of computer-time would still be better than no computer time, but some-computer-time is best in both my personal experience and the article)

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