Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday rolled out a collection of new educational devices destined to go to the head of the class. From wireless tablets to updated classroom computers, these new pieces of classroom tech are intended to bring a new level of flexibility and collaboration into the classroom settings.
The highlight of the bunch is the HP Digital Sketch, a wireless tablet that connects remotely to a teacher’s main computer, allowing the teacher to move freely about the classroom. Integrated with HP Scrapbook software, the wireless tablet offers multiple-input functionality, and can be connected to the HP Pocket Whiteboard. It’s expected to be available in March.
The HP Pocket Whiteboard puts the functionality of a digital whiteboard and extends it to nearly any flat surface, turning walls, table tops, blackboards, and almost anything else into an interactive learning space. The USB-based plug-and-play setup makes installation quick and flexible. The Pocket Whiteboard is expected to be available sometime this month.
HP has also introduced two options for improved classroom computer use, the updated HP MultiSeat t150 Thin Client, which allows up to 10 students to simultaneously share a single host computer; and the HP 20/30-Notebook Managed Charging Cart, which lets an entire classroom of students store and charge laptops of various makes and models in a secure place while also managing power needs and providing updates through a shared network connection. Both solutions aim to make school computer use more affordable and easier to manage. The t150 Thin Client is available now, while the Charging Cart is expected to be available in April.
For teachers in the classroom, HP has also introduced the Presentation Station 1000, a portable presentation stand that includes several technology-friendly options. Built into the mobile podium are an integrated notebook dock, keyboard tray and mouse holder, and brackets for document cameras, DVD player, projector, and other tech tools. The Presentation Station 1000 has height and angle adjustment and is mounted on caster wheels for easy movement throughout a classroom. It’s expected to be available this April.