Many schools are already seeing the benefits of 1:1 learning. Personalising and tailoring education through the use of ICT supports students in working at their own pace, increasing motivation and improving attainment, regardless of challenges such as language or ability.

A PriceWaterhouse Coopers report, ‘The Economic Casefor Digital Inclusion‘ interestingly states that if all 1.6 million children in digitally excluded households had access to a computer and the internet at home, it could enhance their potential lifetime earnings by over £10.8 billion depending on how it affects their academic performance, especially at GCSE level.’

Shape the Future launches today. It’s an innovative, simple and cost effective way to get all your students using 1:1 devices at home and in the classroom. The affordability of this PC and software package is supported by Microsoft’s global digital inclusion programme, in collaboration with RM Education and Intel. Only available from RM Education, this device and software package has been specifically designed to help you provide a great value device programme for all students and their teachers.

The launch event led by RM Education, Microsoft and Intel is happening today (Monday 5th November 2012). This will launch of the UK’s first Shape the Future project at Shireland Collegiate Academy in Sandwell. This high profile initiative aims to provide 1:1 learning through technology to all students regardless of their background. The speakers include Dr Vanessa Pittard  - Department for Education, Kirsty Tonks - Director of E-Learning and Transition, Shireland Collegiate Academy, Joice Fernandes - Worldwide Senior Director of Shape the Future and Mike Allen - Managing Director, RM Education.

The launch event is now full, but watch out for tweets, further posts on this blog and the Shape the Future Facebook page to find out about what’s happening on the day.

Here are just some of the devices included in the package. There are some excellent offers, including Windows 8 tablets which are perfect for students and teachers.

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Connectivity, Software & Warranty

  • Full Microsoft Office Professional 2010 included
  • Free support and advice for families without a broadband connection – in partnership with Simplifydigital, the
    UK‘s independent digital advice line
  • Innovative educational software is included such as Kodu to support creative teaching
  • Peace of mind with anti-virus protection from Microsoft security essentials for protection at home and in school
  • A variety of warranty options

Shape the Future can also be combined with school ICT strategies, such as personal device schemes, to ensure learners have 1:1 ICT access at
school and at home.

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For more information about this excellent project to get students and teachers digitally included, go to www.rm.com/shapethefuture and https://www.facebook.com/shapethefutureproject