Dell Education news from day one of BETT2011

Today at the BETT education show, Dell Public Sector President Paul Bell shared insights into education-technology innovation and trends among education organizations worldwide, including a growing focus on infrastructure technology in education and mobility trends. 

Speaking of – and as rumoured by Engadget Dell launched the Latitude 2120 netbook this week. New mobile collaboration solutions like the Dell Latitude 2120 netbook enables students to create, share, and consume content. Building on the success of previous models the highly successful Dell Latitude netbook has evolved:

  • The Latitude 2120 can be built to suit needs for mobility with wireless, mobile broadband or WiMax connectivity.
  • An updated functional rubberized outer casing provides an easy grip for smaller hands and protection against water.
  • The laptop features an optional high-definition multi-touch screen for natural gestures and interactions on top of its proven video conferencing capabilities, to help make experiences such as digital collaboration an intuitive and fun experience. The optional multi-touch screen allows for intuitive interaction and high definition display (1366×768) to watch HD content.
  • Teachers can easily monitor network activity and identify students browsing the Internet with a Network Activity Light.
  • Using Latitude 2120 systems-management support (e.g., wake-on LAN, ASF, SMS), your IT staff can push updates overnight via a system management console, such as Dell KACE, and help save precious time and money.
  • Available in select countries, the optional Dell Mobile Computing Station 2.0 even allows IT staff to push updates to systems while they're stored as all systems docked are hardwired into the school's existing network.
  • The optional tamper-resistant keyboard design helps to prevent the detachment of keys, as well as provides increased durability and optional anti-microbial protection for intensive student use.

Blio eReader

Blio and Dell, a partnership that has already proven successful with the launch of BookStage powered by Blio as part of Stage, Dell's new consumer software interface, are also working together to pre-install eReader technology on the Dell Latitude 2120. Blio's technology soon available on the Latitude 2110 will allow easy access to digital content with 90, 180 and 270-degree image rotation for easy eBook consumption. If you have not seen the Blio eReader software in action, here is a brief demonstration from CES last week.

Dell Streak 7

Dell's new Streak 7 tablet was recently announced at CES, and also proved popular with attendees at BETT this week.


YouthConnect Programme 

Dell is helping to improve access to technology for underserved children through its charitable YouthConnect programme. The programme has been expanded to reach an additional one million children in 2011.

I've spent part of the day filming and will follow-up with more details in the coming days on our Dell Education blog.

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