HP Announces Technology Solutions Aimed to Create Outcomes for Students, Schools and Communities

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 21, 2015 – HP today reinforced its strategy to produce meaningful outcomes for students, teachers and communities through the innovative use of technology by announcing cutting-edge assessment technology, hardware products, software bundles and online educator training courses. The announcement includes:

  • National Education Technology Assessment
  • HP Education Edition tablets and a notebook
  • HP School Pack Software for education edition products
  • HP Education Cloud-first devices
  • Link Technology for Education
  • HP Teaching with Technology online courses

“At HP, we believe that every student should have access to a high-quality education, at any time and from anywhere,” said Gus Schmedlen, vice president,  Education, Printing and Personal Systems, HP. “When access is combined with quality learning, social and economic outcomes result for students, for schools and for communities.”

HP’s new education technology announcement supports HP’s approach to commercial mobility, providing all of the technology and services required for a full mobile solution. The new education edition products are part of HP’s purpose-built solutions to simplify how work, school and life get done.

After decades of partnering with schools on teaching with technology, the company is offering the HP National Education Technology Assessment (NETA) program, designed to build sustainable education technology strategies and assess the impact of technology-based interventions in schools.  The program includes developing the best approaches and establishing cultural readiness to maximizing student achievement. Additionally, the NETA assessment technology verifies that students aren’t just showing up at school, but actually learning and preparing for their future.

HP Education Editions: Built for Schools.  Designed for Learning
HP Education Editions are built tough to withstand the rigors of daily academic use and feature battery-life that can last the entire school day1.  They’re designed for learning with the all-new HP School Pack, a set of innovative tools to enhance instruction, engagement and encourage active educational use.  HP Education Editions feature: all-new toughened designs created specifically for schools, serviceable batteries that can last all school day. Windows and Android-based offerings, WLAN2 as well as a WWAN options3 and a full range of multimedia connections enabling project-based learning.

The HP Pro Tablet 10 EE and HP Pro Slate 10 EE Education Edition Tablets are built to survive the rigors of schools, toughened with IP52 rating for dust and moisture, and designed to pass drop tests.4 Both tablets feature a 10-inch diagonal HD touch anti-glare display, with a family of optional learning accessories like a tethered and garaged stylus and hard-wired keyboard base5 that meets student assessment requirements -- all at a price that makes 1:1 learning affordable.

The HP ProBook 11 Education Edition notebook is constructed using co-molded industrial rubber -- this education notebook is built to last, wherever learning happens.  The corners, grips and edges are encased in this new material to enhance structural strength while conserving weight. The powerful and versatile HP ProBook 11 EE boasts up to Intel® Core™ performance with optional touchscreen, empowering breakthrough experiences miles beyond netbooks.

At launch, the tablet and notebook HP Education Editions are preloaded6 with a host of instructional, management and supplemental tools called HP School Pack. HP School Pack is anchored by HP Classroom Manager Student Edition7, which allows teachers to take control of the classroom, manage class PCs, and communicate seamlessly with students. The HP School Pack includes: HP Classroom Manager Student Edition, one-year Absolute Computrace Data Protection Basic to protect student devices & data8, the Oxford® Advanced Learners Dictionary, OverDrive™ including a library of eBooks and audiobooks curated for HP, and PASCO® SPARKVue™.

HP and Microsoft break new ground with the HP Stream 11 Pro for Education
HP Cloud-first devices are mobile, affordable and manageable. Priced for education and enabled to harness the power of the cloud are the HP Stream 11 Pro for Education and HP family of Chromebook™ devices (HP Chromebook 11 and HP Chromebook 14). 

HP Stream 11 Pro includes Windows 8.1 Pro, and offers up to 8-hours of battery life.1  Qualified school IT personnel can manage these “cloud-first” devices using Microsoft® Windows™ Intune™ and Active Directory.

Link Technology for Education
Link Technology creates a fully interactive, cost effective link between the printed and digital worlds utilizing HP’s fleet of augmented reality tools.  By simply holding a web-connected mobile device over textbooks and other education material, users can trigger new experiences and learning modalities, such as interactive apps, instructional videos and reference material. The technology enables video explanation of core concepts, assessments probing students’ understanding, interactions and sharing of projects. The feedback loop for students can drive adaptive learning with customized and personalized experiences aimed at improving learning outcomes.

Global Online Courses for Leaders & Teachers aligned to PISA
HP also announced a new, global online course for ministers of education and teachers.  HP PISA (Program for International Student Assessment): A Tool for Teaching and Learning provides the history, usage and interpretation of the leading international assessment standard.  Further, mini-courses in PISA Math, PISA Science and PISA Reading offer the world’s teachers the opportunity to maximize their understanding of the PISA standards and integrate technology into their instruction in the most effective ways.  HP also offer custom courses to provincial and national governments that provide the ultimate in flexibility for scheduled, self-paced, and dedicated courses.  The new online course can be found at: www.hp.com/go/teach

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1 Tested by HP using continuous HD video playback, 720p (1280x720) resolution, 150 nits brightness, system audio level at 50%, player audio level at 100%, played from local storage, headphone attached, wireless off, auto dimming off. Actual battery life will vary depending on configuration and maximum capacity will naturally decrease with time and usage.

2 WLAN requires internet service and wireless access point. Availability of public wireless access points limited.

3 WWAN is an optional feature and requires separately purchased service contract. Check with provider for coverage and availability in your area.

4 IP52 testing is pending and test results are not a guarantee of future performance under these test condition.  HP Total Test Process drop testing is pending and test results are not a guarantee of future performance under these test conditions.

5 Sold separately.

6 HP School Pack on the HP Pro Tablet 10 EE is not preinstalled and is planned to be available as preinstalled software in March 2015 and will not be available as an over the air update or upload on prior products sold before the pre-installation date.

7 HP Classroom Manager for Teachers is required and sold separately for control and device locking from the teacher’s Windows™ desktop console; no locking and control functionality originates from HP Classroom Manager for Student.

8 Includes a 1 year license of Computrace Data Protect to lock and prevent unauthorized access and remotely delete personal data.  License must be activated by customer. See http://www.absolute.com/landing/2012/computrace-hp for complete details. Service may be limited, check with Absolute for availability outside the U.S. 

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