In London, HP Inc recently unveiled its new PC and software solutions intended to support and foster new educational reform within teacher and student communities with a little help from Microsoft.
At HP, we believe that every student should be given the opportunity to be an inventive individual rather than a standardized product of a system,” said Gus Schmedlen, vice president, Education, Printing and Personal Systems, HP Inc. “HP is on a mission to enable teachers and students with tools that ‘un-standardize’ learning — making education a more unique experience for students that is more flexible, collaborative and dynamic.”
Part of HP’s plans to help enable teachers and students include providing software and hardware solutions that include:
- HP Education Edition notebooks
- HP School Pack Software 2.0
- HP Sprout Pro by HP
- HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom Program
Specifically, HP is looking at the practical and aspirational uses of technology in schools. The company is providing rugged notebooks with long lasting battery life coupled with a premium wireless experience for cloud-based LMS and online curriculum with its HP ProBook 11 G2 Education Edition and HP Pro310 x360 Convertible PC Education Edition for more mobile users. Students or teachers sporting The HP ProBook 11 G2 Education Edition should enjoy the up to 18-hours of battery life from the notebook as well as coming equipped with Windows 10 and an Intel Core experience. The convertible on the other hand offers a bit of flexibility (pun intended) with configurations for Intel, Celeron, or Pentium processors as well as massive storage.
Part of HP’s renewed push in assisting students and teachers involves a helping hand from Microsoft and its Windows platform. HP will also be delivering institutions what it calls HP School Pack 2.0.
an out-of-the-box solution of digital tools and content exclusively for Windows devices designed for collaborative, standards-aligned, and personalized learning. School Pack 2.0 includes a host of instructional, management and supplemental tools. It is anchored by HP Classroom Manager Student Edition6 that allows teachers to manage classroom PCs and communicate seamlessly with students. Other software in HP School Pack 2.0 includes HP Adaptive Learning created by Fishtree, HP Prime Graphing Calculator App, Classlink Single Sign On, Codecademy for Learning How to Program, Corinth Classroom, Curriculum Matrix, the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, and PASCO SPARKVue7.”
The new HP School Pack 2.0 also features a one-year inclusion of HP Touchpoint Manager for Education that offers a cloud-based IT management solution to manage and secure data, devices and users.
Another HP-led service for education includes its Sprout Pro by HP. Sprout Pro aims to help accelerate engagement while also inspiring learning at various levels through an immersive computing experience. For institutions, Sprout also helps maximize classroom IT budgets by consolidating classroom equipment such as cameras or interactive whiteboards and school PCs. Perhaps the most impressive feature of Sprout Pro is its ability to reshape classroom engagement by offering a multi-screen, multi-person collaborative surface on any physical workspace powered by Windows 10.
Other Microsoft collaborations involve a joint program called Reinvent the Classroom. RTC is “a worldwide effort to inspire instructional innovation and next-generation learning experiences, powered by Windows 10 and HP solutions.” The initiative will start with over 60 school locations around the globe that will utilize a blend of state-of-the-art learning studios and Microsoft and HP software such as Office 365, Skype, and HP Adaptive Learning.
With Microsoft, we are delivering exciting new devices and solutions that help schools and students rethink the possibilities around learning, creating a vision for the Classroom of the Future,” said Alex Cho, vice president of Commercial PCs, Personal Systems, HP Inc. “This vision is manifested through HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom program, showcasing how innovation can create more immersive learning environments.”