Oakland Unified School District in California plans to implement more than 8,000 Chromebook laptops in classrooms for grades 3 through 12.
The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade English Language Arts curriculum includes an e-library stocked with more than 300 works of fiction and nonfiction, and also comes with more than 40 digital games.
- By Christopher Piehler
Samsung has unveiled its next-generation Chromebook 2 line, which will sport Exynos 5 Octa processors with eight processing cores. The Chromebook 2, designed for schools, will be available in two configurations, offering different screen sizes and processor speeds of up to 2.1 GHz.
The era of double-digit growth in smart phone adoption is coming to a close as devices approach the saturation point, which in turn will lead to drops in prices, according to new research. In North America alone, some 200 million smart phones are already in active use — one for about every 2.75 people residing on the continent and about one-seventh of the world's total active devices.
Districts that have spent millions on 1-to-1 rollouts are protecting their investment with a variety of cases and covers.
- By Elaine Sanchez Wilson
Intel and computer manufacturer Acer have launched a seed program that will make Chromebooks available for schools to pilot.
While web services that supported asynchronous collaboration on sites such as Facebook and Edmodo are the hallmark of Web 2.0, Social 3.0 is ushering in support for synchronous collaboration – with the Google Docs Editor as the pioneering example. And by 2017 every app and every webpage will be Social 3.0-ified and will support synchronous, real-time collaboration. You read it first!
- By Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
HP today introduced two tablets powered by the 64-bit Intel Atom processor: the redesigned HP ElitePad 1000 and the new HP ProPad 600.
Within the next two years, IT organizations will need to master a slew of mobile-related skills — many of them new or unfamiliar. They'll also need to have on hand the tools to execute and support increasingly important mobile technologies.
Guilford County Schools (GSC) in Greensboro, NC has reached a tentative agreement to restart its middle school tablet initiative next fall.