Amplify tablet

News Corp. will be announcing a 10-inch Android tablet designed for K12 schools Wednesday at the SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas according to the New York Times. Led by former chancellor of New York City schools Joel Klein, News Corp.'s Amplify division is aiming to make headway with Android into the school system, and their first offering is an ASUS built tablet, an entire curriculum, and the infrastructure to support it all.

The tablet uses what Amplify is calling a “blended learning” model that combines new technology with current teaching methods. When a student starts to drift away from the prepared lesson, they will be warned with a pop-up advising them to put their "eyes on teacher". In addition, students will be able to take their tablet home each night, and use it to play educational games.

A tablet running the special software, training, and customer care options starts at $299, with a two-year subscription for an additional $99 yearly. For students without Internet access at their homes, a premium model will be available with a 4G data plan at $349.

The pricing is reasonable, and it appears that News Corp. is serious about providing support. It's nice to see Android move into a space once dominated by Apple and Microsoft, and we wish everyone involved the best of luck.

Source: NYT

 

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News Corp. to release education focused 10-inch Amplify tablet

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As a parent, I wish more schools would adopt tablets. My 13 year old carries around a backpack half his size full of text books!

Didn't you get the memo? They can cut gym class out of the budget if they just give each kid a sack of bricks (maybe filled with stale information) to carry around all day. Win/win!

/snark

"In addition, students will be able to take their tablet home each night, and use it to play educational games."

If the kids can play only educational games, they will leave it at school. ;-)

I'm glad to see this happening and horrified News Corpse is doing it. Expect Fox News propaganda leaking into kids heads through "Educational Games" and other clever apps. I suppose local school district taxes will pay for these looking at the prices.

This is the same news corp that fought for the right to lie on television in a Florida court room and won.

I can promise you this laptop with be Fox News indoctrination upon our children (isn't that usually what the straight anti-gay crusaders always say? LoL.)

Seems fine. It cracks me up whenever a see any pic associated with News Corp. The guy holding the tablet has to be some bald, stodgy-looking old man. In addition to other issues, I think they need to work on their image.

As for the "indoctrination" posts, meh.. Less hyperbole is always good me thinks ..

If you think "indoctrination" associated with News Corp. is hyperbole, you haven't spent enough time talking to the average FOX News viewer.

Amplify looks expensive, there is a $99 yearly subscription fee on top of the $299 as well as requiring 1000 unit purchase to get the $299 pricing and 2 year commitment on the subscription. Educational Resources' LearnPad looks to be the best Classroom Tablet Solution to date and is $299 with no fees.