HP Expands Education Portfolio with Low-cost, Easy-to-use Technology for the Classroom
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Nov. 17, 2009 - HP today announced three specifically tailored, easy-to-manage education solutions that make it easier to teach with technology while reducing overall costs.
- HP MultiSeat allows multiple students to simultaneously share a single host computer, enabling schools to increase student access to technology at a reduced cost.
- HP TeachNow enables even nontechnical teachers to easily teach with technology in the classroom.
- HP SchoolCloud lets students and teachers access their applications and data at school, home or anywhere they have Internet access.
“HP is helping educational institutions change to student-centered, personalized learning environments by using technology in an affordable and sustainable way,” said Brian Becker, director, Education, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Our offerings empower students to learn at their own pace, allow teachers to easily manage a classroom and free up IT managers from time-consuming maintenance.”
Low-cost expansion of computer seats
HP MultiSeat helps schools that have limited student access to technology create a technology-rich computing experience for every student in a classroom, lab or library.
HP MultiSeat t100 allows a single host computer to be shared by up to 10 students, so schools can maximize the number of computer seats without increasing their technology budgets. Students use their personal monitor, keyboard and mouse connected via MultiSeat to the host computer to access their own independent and familiar Windows® 7 computing experience.
The HP MultiSeat t100 consumes only 2.5 watts of power, reducing energy costs by up to 80 percent.
MultiSeat also reduces the amount of time IT spends on client management, maintenance and upgrades. Setting up MultiSeat does not require opening the PC or installing expansion cards. With a simple USB connection, teachers can connect multiple users to a single PC. MultiSeat – slightly larger than a deck of cards and with no external power supply – can be conveniently mounted and locked onto the back of a computer display.
MultiSeat is fully licensed and uses Microsoft’s new Windows MultiPoint Server 2010 product to enable schools to access technology with lower ongoing operations costs per student and create a familiar Windows customer experience.
Making it easier to teach with technology
HP TeachNow eliminates the need to be a computer expert to teach with technology. The software is intuitive to use, allowing even nontechnical teachers to easily build and distribute lesson plans and manage a classroom. And, with the click of a mouse, teachers can fix many computer problems without losing focus or time on the task at hand.
With TeachNow software, teachers can quickly create lesson plans at home or school –even in between classes – by simply dragging files, notes or a URL into their lesson topic. Clicking “Start Class” then pushes the lesson content to the students’ computers and they can immediately start working on projects. As students leave the classroom, teachers can press “End Class” to reboot all the computers and within minutes they are ready for the next period.
Teachers also can share digital lesson plans across schools or even districts. All the materials for a lesson on biology or history could be prepackaged and passed from a veteran to a first-year teacher.
The HP TeachNow solution includes a classroom or computer lab of technology with a server that does all the processing work and thin clients that students use to access school curriculum. Schools do not need a data center and the solution is as easy to set up as a typical PC.
Instructional desktop follows students throughout the school
HP SchoolCloud is a private cloud computing offering that allows students and teachers to have 24/7 access to their applications and data through a virtual desktop. By moving applications and data onto servers, IT can manage several servers instead of hundreds or thousands of PCs, saving time and resources.
Hudson Falls Central School District in New York is already taking advantage of HP SchoolCloud. “We went from managing 1,400 computers to 10 servers,” said Greg Partch, director, Information Technology, Hudson Falls Central School District. “We’re seeing a huge savings in help desk support, maintenance time and costs.”
Students and teachers simply log in to access their personalized SchoolCloud page at school, home or anywhere they have Internet access. Saved projects, documents and applications are all accessible from the student’s home page, allowing them to extend classroom learning at home. For example, students using Adobe PhotoShop® at school can practice with the application at home, speeding up the learning process.
Through real-time reports with HP SchoolCloud, teachers and administrators know which software and computers are being used. This data can be combined with student grades and attendance to correlate technology usage and learning outcomes.
The HP SchoolCloud solution includes a combination of infrastructure, software and professional development tools designed specifically for education. The instructor-led, onsite professional development course included in the SchoolCloud package enhances teachers’ skills to effectively teach with the new technology.
Pricing and availability
Pricing options vary; education volume pricing is available.
- HP MultiSeat is expected to be available in early 2010.
- HP TeachNow is expected to be available later this year.
- HP SchoolCloud is immediately available.
More information on HP education products and solutions is available at www.hp.com/go/k12 (K-12 education) or www.hp.com/go/hied (higher education).
More information about this announcement is available in an online press kit athttp://www.hp.com/go/virtualization09.
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