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Acer Launches Extreme Classroom Tech Makeover Program for K–12


The Acer Switch Alpha 12 two-in-one notebook.

Acer America has begun accepting entries for its Acer Extreme Classroom Tech Makeover program that gives educators at K–12 schools in the United States the opportunity to transform their classroom with technology. Acer will be awarding one classroom a set of Acer Switch Alpha 12 two-in-one notebooks, valued at $20,000.

Acer announced its makeover program today at the TCEA conference in Austin, TX. The exhibit hall closes today at 5 p.m., and the convention ends tomorrow, Feb. 10.

The goal of the Acer Extreme Classroom Tech Makeover is to help deserving educators and their students benefit from the latest technology by Acer. Entries may be submitted starting Feb. 9 and continuing through March 31. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges led by education evangelist and #EdChat founder Steven W. Anderson. The winner will be announced in April.

How it Works
Acer is inviting educators, students, administrators and parents to nominate the classroom of their choice at a K–12 school in the United States. Nominations comprise a brief statement describing why the classroom deserves to win the technology makeover and how it would make a difference to the students. Applicants may also provide photos (album URL) and/or a video (YouTube URL) of their classroom to enhance the entry.

Only one entry per school is permitted. Entry forms, rules and regulations can be found at this site.

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a two-in-one PC designed to enhance student learning and provide the flexibility students need for anywhere, anytime learning. It has a sleek and lightweight design that can be used in table mode via the 10-point touchscreen display, or as a traditional notebook with the attachable backlit keyboard.

The high-resolution touchscreen display is designed to enhance learning by making it more hands-on and engaging while encouraging collaboration. It uses Acer LiquidLoop cooling technology for silent operation, making it suitable for shared spaces, such as classrooms labs and libraries. The LiquidLoop cooling system also provides improved reliability; since no fan is present, the Switch Alpha 12 doesn’t require venting that can be compromised by airflow issues and dust accumulation.

The system runs on Windows 10 Pro and uses an Intel Core i3-6100 processor to give students the tools and power needed for projects, video, homework and more.

Acer is exhibiting this week at the TCEA convention in booth 1055. For more information about Acer, visit the company’s website.

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Richard Chang is associate editor of THE Journal. He can be reached at [email protected].