Ultra-portable PCs, also known as “Notebooks”, are the latest trend in technology and the new students in our schools. These new laptop PCs are mobile, flexible and reliable and enable users to set up a multimedia space in a school setting in a matter of seconds.

What exactly is an ultra-portable PC or Notebook?

The main characteristic of Notebook PCs is their very small size: they are flat and lightweight – a nine-inch model can weigh under a kilo. They have all the technical features of an ordinary laptop and can run under Linux or Windows.

Deployment in schools

Ultra-portables come in a special computer case that is used for transporting, protecting and powering them. They can be set up instantly in a classroom and connect to the Internet via an integrated Wifi terminal.

All this means that you no longer have to have a special room dedicated exclusively to the teaching of information and communications technologies. Everything you need is provided: a Wifi terminal, an extension cord, a headset, a pre-installed e-learning software programme, a USB key…The training software is provided on a CD-Rom and loaded onto the teachers’ computers, enabling them to monitor their students’ progress, choose the appropriate content, and share their resources with others.

The advantages of this “all-in-one” solution

Thanks to this new increasingly mobile equipment, it is now possible to computerize schools at a very low cost. The equipment can be easily shared within any given school.
In France, this new turnkey PC solution, which is available at a price accessible to the vast majority of local school authorities, means that student progress can be measured at the end of each cycle of the B2I programme (Internet and Computer Science certificate).

For more:
Laptop Multimedia Laboratory
French Ministry of Education / B2I

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