Featured at FETC 2014, Samsung is showing off a Galaxy Tab 10.1 which focuses on Education markets, and they say it’ll be ready for the 2014-2015 school year.
Starting off with a fairly normal Galaxy Tab 10.1, it’s software and services which separate it from the herd. Piggybacking on their recent gains getting Android devices ready for corporate IT, these new tablets will feature simple set up and device management for teachers to utilize tablets in the classroom.
This also highlights Google’s push into the education market by working with Google Play for Education. This division of play focuses on teacher approved apps and media, gives teachers the ability to filter content by grade level and topic, and allows schools to order content via PO. Once content is purchased, it can be quickly pushed to students tablets.
Hopefully the controls are more robust than what we experienced here in LA using iPads last year…
Full press release below.
New tablet introduced at FETC will work with Google Play for Education
Orlando, Fla. – January 29, 2014 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today at FETC 2014announced plans to launch a new Galaxy Tab exclusively developed for education, which will be available for K-12 school deployments for the 2014-2015 academic year. Launching as part of the Google Play for Education program, the classroom-ready, 10.1-inch tablet will offer simple set up and device management, access to curated educational content, and other features to support dynamic, digital teaching and learning.
“Samsung and Google for Education share a commitment to delivering innovative learning experiences to improve student outcomes,” said Tod Pike, senior vice president at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. “The new Galaxy Tab with Google Play for Education integration was created to specifically address the needs of today’s schools and support our vision for powering education by empowering educators.”
Samsung’s education-specific Galaxy Tab is designed for integration with Google Play for Education, Google’s content store for K-12 schools. Google Play for Education gives educators access to a wide selection of teacher-approved apps, books, and videos, helping them deliver more engaging and personalized learning to each student. Teachers can search for content by grade, subject and standard (including Common Core), make purchases using a pre-loaded school PO rather than a credit card, and deliver content to students’ tablets in a matter of seconds.
With a 10.1-inch WXGA display, the new Galaxy Tab for Education provides students an exceptional viewing experience and the 16:10 aspect ratio is ideal for viewing educational content. It will feature the latest version of Android (version 4.4 or Kit Kat), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n support for better connectivity, and rear- and front-facing cameras to make capturing images and web chats easy.
The new Galaxy Tab will also include Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, so administrators can quickly and easily set up a classroom of devices with a few taps. Google also provides a web-based management console that will allow schools to easily manage and configure their entire fleet of devices.
Samsung’s new education tablet is set to expand its lineup of Android-powered Galaxy devices and complements the company’s broad portfolio of technology solutions for K-12 education. Available from April, the new Galaxy Tab for education will be sold through Samsung distribution and channel partners.
Additionally, the full line-up of Samsung’s education products and solutions will be on display at FETC this week at the Orange County Convention Center, Booth #323, and includes:
- Samsung School – A fully integrated one-to-one learning package that combines the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with an interactive whiteboard display and other classroom technology, all tied together through powerful interactive management software to create an integrated, student-centric learning environment.
- Samsung Chromebook – The leading provider of Chromebooks to K-12, Samsung helped over 4,000 U.S. schools move a step closer to one-to-one computing in 2013. Samsung Chromebooks are ideal for educators seeking an easy-to-use, centrally managed and cost-effective solution that is classroom-ready for one-to-one learning.
- Interactive Whiteboards – Samsung’s interactive whiteboards solution, powered by the MagicIWB 3.0 management software, provides schools a collaborative centerpiece for learning that is interoperable with PCs and tablets on all major operating systems. Ideal for Bring Your Own Device environments, MagicIWB also enables schools to combine multiple displays for greater engagement and collaboration.
- Samsung Printing Solutions – Samsung’s award-winning portfolio of printers and multifunction devices (MFDs) provides the versatility to meet school and district needs for printing and document management. With Samsung’s MobilePrint App, Samsung devices also allow teachers and students to effortlessly print documents from smartphones or tablet PCs.
More information on Samsung’s full technology portfolio for education is available atwww.samsung.com/education.
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