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Classmate 2S PC from Steljes features SMART software

The new educational tablet PC is a tremendous partner opportunity, says Steljes, following forecasts that tablets will rise to 22% of all pupil-facing computers by the end of 2015.

Steljes has announced the launch of the next generation convertible Classmate 2S – the all-in-one device that incorporates a netbook, touch tablet PC and e-reader.

Specifically designed for the education market, it is said to be able to withstand the rigours of daily use in a lively classroom environment. It can be easily converted from a clamshell design to a tablet PC allowing pupils to move easily between activities and learning spaces.

It is, according to Steljes, the only PC that comes pre-loaded with the student edition of SMART’s Notebook software. Teachers can easily upgrade their PCs with SMART Classroom Suite interactive learning software which will provide them with the tools to manage classrooms, assess students and encourage a collaborative, interactive and efficient learning environment. Steljes said that it is the perfect solution for schools moving towards a more personalised curriculum and will enhance schools’ existing investment in SMART Board interactive whiteboards.

Recently, the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) issued its findings from a survey of 500 UK schools (190 primary and 310 secondary) into the ‘Future of tablets and apps in schools’. The survey provides analysis into the current adoption of tablet pcs and apps in schools and from the research findings, the forecast is that, by the end of 2015, tablet computers will have risen to 22% of all pupil-facing computers.

“The Classmate 2 S offers a tremendous opportunity for our channel partners,” said Martine Dodwell-Bennett, Sales and Marketing Director at Steljes. “Research from BESA indicates that schools are looking at purchasing tablet PCs for their classrooms and the Classmate 2S is a sound investment for schools. It is the only pc that has been specifically designed for the education market and comes complete with SMART Classroom Suite software – enabling schools to complement their existing investment in SMART products. It would not surprise me that by 2015 the percentage of tablet computers will far exceed the 22 per cent of all pupil-facing computers that BESA predicts. ”