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Comprehensive eLearning solution is enabled by a collaboration between The Educational Company of Ireland, Intel and Steljes.

 

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- A new innovative approach to delivering the school curriculum for Junior Certificate students has been adapted at St. Fintina’s Post Primary School in Longwood, Co. Meath.

- The school is the first in Ireland to equip all first year students with a Fizzbook Spin tablet style laptop, which each have a full range of Edco e-books installed.

- The delivery of this revolutionary learning solution has been made possible by collaboration between The Educational Company of Ireland, Intel and Steljes.

 

A new innovative approach to delivering the school curriculum for Junior Certificate students has been adapted at St. Fintina’s Post Primary School in Longwood, Co. Meath. The school is the first in Ireland to equip all first year students with a Fizzbook Spin tablet style laptop, which each have a full range of Edco e-books installed.

 

The delivery of this revolutionary learning solution has been made possible by collaboration between The Educational Company of Ireland, Intel and Steljes.

 

The Educational Company of Ireland (Edco) is leading the way in providing exciting digital content to schools in the form of e-books. The provision of this digital curriculum comes on the back of the development of the award winning teacher platform edcodigital.ie, which is currently in use classrooms nationwide. The e-books provide students with digital content for the Junior Certificate curriculum covering the full range of subject areas.

 

Steljes, the innovative technology distributor, is offering the Intel based Fizzbook Spin with a full range of Edco e-books installed. The Fizzbook Spin tablet-style laptop is the first specifically-designed PC for the Irish education system, that comes pre-installed with content for the Junior Certificate curriculum.

 

Based on the Intel classmate PC design architecture, Fizzbook Spin offers a total classroom solution. Specifically designed for the education sector, it provides netbook, e-reader and touch-screen tablet functionality together with full PC capability, including word processing, spreadsheet and art software packages. It can be easily converted from a clamshell design to a tablet PC, allowing students to move effortlessly between activities and learning spaces.

 

The Fizzbook Spin also comes pre-installed with SMART Technologies’ SMART Classroom Suite – an integrated software solution comprising four software applications that support the key stages of teaching and learning, from lesson creation and delivery, to student assessment. SMART Sync classroom management software enables a teacher to connect the computer quickly and easily to every other computer in the classroom so they can teach, monitor and collaborate with students.

 

This new digital learning solution, is an eco-friendly initiative which allows students to move away from the traditional heavy weight school bag, towards a 21st century learning tool that can be integrated as part of an entire eLearning environment, allowing students to access content digitally whenever and wherever they require it.

 

Commenting on the announcement, Greg Tierney from Steljes, says “This solution provides an economic way for teachers and parents to provide a one-to-one eLearning environment for students. What we are offering here is a complete solution - a tablet style laptop designed specifically for the education market coupled with classroom control for the teacher and on-line access to the Junior Certificate curriculum”.

 

Julie Glennon from The Educational Company of Ireland, who are content partners in this new and exciting initiative says, “Edco is leading the way towards the digital classroom with the launch of their new e-book range. We have been working closely with developers, designers, teachers and pupils to roll out this new offering, and have been involved with a selection of pilot schemes throughout the country to classroom and technology test the new e-book offering, which is suitable for both school and home use”.

 

“Intel is committed to supporting education transformation – helping students and educators move from a content-based to a skills-based learning and teaching model, which will help learners acquire 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaborative learning, design skills, innovation, communications and creativity. ICT is a key enabler of this strategy” said Colin Mac Hale, Country Manager, Intel Ireland.

 

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Further Information

 

Further images from the event can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55550679@N03/sets/72157626273665248/

 

Pricing and Availability
The Fizzbook Spin is available now from Steljes reseller partners. Contact
info@steljes.ie for more information. http://www.smartboard.ie. If you are interested in e-books for your school, please contact The Educational Company of Ireland, Ballymount Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12. email: info@edco.ie or phone Patrick Barry, Digital Development Manager, on  (01) 429 9214

 

About The Educational Company of Ireland
The Educational Company of Ireland (Edco) is Ireland’s leading Educational Publisher, publishing a wide range of Primary & Post Primary textbooks, resources, and digital materials in line with the Irish Curriculum. The Company is leading the way towards the digital classroom with the launch of their new Edco e-book range.  The Educational Company of Ireland, publishers of the award winning edcoDigital platform, believe that their interactive e-book solution will offer schools, pupils and parents real choice when it comes to the purchasing of educational content.
www.edco.ie

 

About Steljes
Steljes Limited is an innovative technology distributor that sources products from around the world, working with manufacturers to customise and bring their solutions to the UK & Irish market through its specialised channel network. The company’s innovative solutions enable people to interact and communicate more effectively while working and learning. The company has been sourcing products from around the world for over 20 years, introducing LCD panels, projectors, plasma displays and interactive whiteboards to the UK & Ireland market. The company has consistently been the Ireland's number one supplier of interactive whiteboards with a market share of 40% (source: Futuresouce Consulting). Steljes Group is a privately owned company and has helped companies such SMART Technologies, Turning Technologies and AVerMedia become market leaders in their categories. www.steljes.com

 

About Intel
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at
www.intel.ie or follow us on Twitter - @Intel_IRL.

 

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