“The Iconia W510 is the perfect device for those looking for the best mix of portability, performance and battery life. It removes the walls of the classroom and lets me lead and facilitate perfect lessons from any conceivable location or environment” - Scott Wieprecht, Mathematics Teacher, Saltash.net Community Academy

The objective was to improve 24/7 access to the school’s virtual, online curriculum, using affordable, accessible technology.

Following a selection process and review of available devices, the school selected Acer to deliver the Iconia W510 Windows tablet. Use of the tablets has enabled collaboration and innovation in the classroom and exposed students to the latest technology solutions.
 
In making their selection for the appropriate tablet device, the school drew up a list of criteria, including:
Operating system
Screen size
Processor
Keyboard
Battery life
Expansion ports

Operating system
It was important for the school to have full Windows 8. Having reviewed the operating system, it was clear it was optimised for a touch screen experience. Commenting on the choice of Windows:

“A touch screen makes Windows 8 the best ever, and it is much better for students to be forward thinking and use the latest technology and software that, let’s face it, will deploy out to nearly every job by the time they enter the market,” said Scott Wieprecht.

Screen size
The school concluded that the optimum screen size for their requirements was from 8” to 12”. The
W510, with its 10.1” HD IPS display was ideal.

Processor
As the devices were intended for word processing, surfing the internet and regular use, the Iconia’s 1.5ghz dual core processor proved that it easily met performance requirements.

Keyboard
The keyboard was an important element to the school’s decision making process. The ability to easily click the tablet in or out of the keyboard dock in seconds brings big advantages in the classroom.

Battery life
The key attribute of the Acer Iconia W510, considered by the school to be exceptional, was its battery life. The school needed a tablet that would last the full school day - not just six or seven hours. The tablet needed to be available for use both at after school clubs and on the bus. If a pupil forgot their charger, the tablet still needed to last. The school determined that the Iconia W510, with keyboard dock, offered excellent battery life. The W510 remains charged for approximately 18 hours when plugged into the dock, and both keyboard and tablet have approximately nine hours each.

Expansion ports
The school was with the number of expansion ports offered by the W510. With a full and micro USB, headphone and speaker, micro HMDI and micro SD, they could connect almost any hardware they needed. This was particularly helpful when using external media such as the school’s 3D cameras. The school was also impressed with the on-board camera.

The classroom ICT strategy has contributed to students delivering excellent results:


“The strategies I employed with the assistance of ICT this year in my classroom meant all of my exam classes achieved at least a grade C at GCSE, with 40% of them excelling their target by at least one grade. ICT is about making life easier, definitely, but also about making our curriculum and lessons richer and more fulfilling,” said Scott Wieprecht.

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