Dell Strengthens its Education Solutions Portfolio – Launches Chromebook, Venue Tablets

Global IT major, Dell has announced a range of new additions to its state-of-the-art portfolio of education solutions to enhance the learning experiences of students around the world: the Dell Chromebook 11; Venue 10 and Venue 10 Pro tablets; Latitude 11 Education Series laptop and the Dell Interactive Projector S510.

These new products join a great education portfolio that includes award-winning products like the Latitude 13 Education Series laptop, Dell Wyse thin clients for labs, and the Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation for engineering and design students. Whether the learning environment is based on Chromebooks, laptops or tablets, all Dell devices are designed to integrate seamlessly within the preferred IT infrastructure.

Along with fostering a collaborative learning environment, these new devices are “schoolyard tough” to withstand the bumps, drops and spills that are part of a student’s daily life. All four products feature a rubberized trim to absorb shock when accidentally dropped. The Latitude 11 Education Series and the Dell Chromebook 11 have been subjected to MIL-STD 810G testing for pressure, temperature, shock and vibration, and both have a 180 degree LCD hinge design that reduces stress on the hinge.

“The classroom is changing quickly, and innovative technology is a major way for students to enjoy a collaborative educational experience,” said Sam Burd, vice president and general manager, Dell Personal Computing Product Group . “Education devices need to be really robust to make it through a school district’s life cycle. They also need to be powerful and flexible enough to suit individual learning needs, and make collaborating within the classroom simple. Our latest education solutions give students, teachers and IT managers the tools they need to provide an engaging learning experience.”

Dell’s latest line-up of devices builds on its existing end-to-end portfolio of education IT solutions, including Professional Learning Services and Education Data Management. By developing a comprehensive IT strategy, Dell helps schools create a productive, personalized digital learning environment focused on improving student outcomes. This holistic approach ensures teachers, administrators and students fully realize the learning potential of technology.

“Dell continues its commitment to teaching and learning, and is really focused on providing complete end-to-end solutions and services that help districts deploy reliable IT infrastructures that support the unique learning needs of their students,” said Jon Phillips, managing director of worldwide education strategy, Dell. “This new portfolio ensures that technology remains an enabler of student potential.”

Innovative New Chromebook Enlivens Classroom Collaboration

Woman in Classroom with Venue 10 Pro 5000 Series Tablet Dell is building on the success of its first entry into the Chromebook market last year with the second generation Dell Chromebook 11. Designed for the modern classroom with school yard durability, the Dell Chromebook 11 features a range of innovative features including an anti-glare HD display with optional touchscreen, liquid-resistant keyboard and touchpad and front facing integrated HD video webcam, allowing students to easily collaborate. It also features advanced connectivity options including wireless 2×2 LAN, 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and up to 10 hours of battery life, so students can stay online throughout the day without being tethered to wires and chargers.

The new Dell Chromebook 11 is also the first to feature an “activity light,” allowing teachers to easily monitor student activity and facilitate more meaningful interactions such as orchestrating student groups or facilitating quick quizzes and polls. The device can also be coupled with Google Apps for Education to provide a more open and connected classroom.

“We have worked with Dell since 2002 when we issued our first Dell Latitude laptops to a small group of students in our ninth grade classes,” said Jeff Terry, Chief Information Officer, Roanoke County Public Schools. “Over the past 12 years, many things may have changed around our district and in our classrooms, but Dell technology still powers our student learning objectives.”

“The quality of technology is important but Dell also provides a level of support and service that truly makes them a model partner. Today, we support more than 6,000 high school students and 1,400 teachers as part of our 1:1 laptop program using Dell Latitude laptops. We also use KACE systems management appliances to manage over 13,000 total end-user devices. With KACE, we have drastically reduced the time it takes to reimage our devices, which frees up my department to invest in more meaningful curricular projects that benefit our students.”