Dell Introduces its Most Comprehensive and Reliable Education Solutions Portfolio Ever
Dell today 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.
- Dell technology brings 1:1 computing to the classroom by releasing a range of education solutions designed to meet individual learning needs
- Dell Chromebook 11 makes collaboration easy with a new, innovative and durable design
- Dell Venue 10 and Venue 10 Pro tablets provide anytime productivity for students in and out of the classroom
- Dell Latitude 11 Education Series laptop is the most secure, manageable and reliable education solution available
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 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 2x2 LAN, 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and up to 10 hours of battery life[i], 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.
Bringing Projected Content to Life
Dell is also helping teachers make lessons more engaging with the release of the Dell Interactive Projector S510. This state-of-the-art classroom peripheral allows students to actively engage with the projected content and has built-in WiFi, Miracast and Intel WiDi technology for easy wireless content sharing.
Making IT More Streamlined and Reliable for Educators
In addition, Dell recently announced a range of solutions to help educators administer technology more effectively through new and enhanced management solutions and support services.
- Dell is making the management of education devices simpler with the newest version of its award winning Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance. The Dell KACE K1000 version 6.3 features first to market systems management support for Chromebooks, making it easier for educators to manage, secure and support all school and student devices in multi-platform environments.
- ProSupport Plus for PCs and Tablets, announced earlier this week, enables educators to spend more time teaching and less time worrying about the security and management of students’ devices. It is the only complete support service that combines priority access to expert support, Accidental Damage Service[ii], proactive and predictive monitoring for automatic issue prevention and resolution[iii].
“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.”
Pricing and Availability
- The Dell Chromebook 11 starts at USD $249.99 and is available on Dell.com in the U.S. and select countries around the world starting February 12, 2015.
- The Latitude 11 Education Series starts at USD $299 for qualified education customers. The non-touch display version will be available starting March 3, 2015. A touch display version will be available in late June 2015.
- The Venue 10 Pro starts at USD $329.99 for the tablet or $379.99 with keyboard option. It will be available on Dell.com in the U.S. and select countries around the world starting March 3, 2015.
- The Venue 10 will be available in spring 2015.
- The Dell Interactive Projector S510 is currently available, starting at USD $1,799.99.
- Dell KACE K1000 v6.3 is available as a physical, virtual or hosted appliance. Dell KACE K1000 is USD $8,900 for the physical or virtual appliance and 100 managed systems – computers or servers. The K1000 as a Service is available for USD $6.50 per managed computer per month.
- Dell ProSupport Plus is currently available.
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[i] Based on testing in Dell Labs using the power_LoadTest. For more information about this test, visit http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/testing/power-testing. Test results should be used only to compare one product with another and are not a guarantee you will experience the same battery life. Battery life may be significantly less than the test results and varies depending on your product’s configuration, software, usage, operating conditions, power management settings and other factors. Maximum battery life will decrease with time and use.
[ii] Accidental Damage Service: Service excludes theft, loss, and damage due to fire, flood or other acts of nature, or intentional damage. Customer may be required to return unit to Dell. Limit of 1 qualified incident per contract year. For complete details, visit Dell.com/servicecontracts.
[iii] Based on a Dell analysis dated Oct. 2014. All ProSupport Plus features not available on all products. See www.dell.com/prosupportplus.