Phoenix—RGS, a business unit of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), today introduced the RGS Education Chromebook, a new digital learning device purpose built for education, making classroom technology enablement faster and more affordable for districts looking to optimize digital learning deployments. The RGS Education Chromebook is the result of collaboration between RGS, Google Inc. and Intel Corporation to provide school districts with a simple, secure and always-up-to-date vehicle to advance and develop students’ digital literacy skills.
RGS worked with Intel Education Solutions, Advancing Education Worldwide, a leader in promoting innovation in the classroom and advancing education, to develop ruggedization features and mechanical enhancements for the RGS Education Chromebook. Built to handle the challenges of maintaining sensitive technology appliances in an active and demanding classroom environment, the RGS Education Chromebook features a 9.5-hour battery life, plastic bumper, water resistant keyboard and anti-peel keyboard keys, and is designed to withstand a fall from a standard-height student desk (70 cm).
The RGS Education Chromebook further enhances the learning experience with the snap-on magnification lens that is included with each unit, enabling the RGS Education Chromebook to function as a microscope. Educators can combine the microscope with popular STEM applications and calculators available in the Google Chrome Web Store. In addition, offline capability extends the usability and utility of the RGS Education Chromebook.
“As schools make the transition to more technology-enabled classrooms, they have discovered that there is a big difference between using commercially available computers and deploying systems built specifically to facilitate digital learning,” said Scott MacDonald, vice president and general manager, RGS. “The RGS Education Chromebook is designed to provide the durability to withstand the hazards of K-12 classroom use, as well as ease-of-use and learning-centric functionality districts require, with a lower cost of ownership and all the associated support services needed to not only optimize system performance and instruction time, but to support the ultimate goal of improving learning outcomes.”
RGS Education Chromebook features include:
- 4th Generation Intel Celeron processor
- Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n 2 x 2 with Bluetooth 4.0
- 4GB RAM (2GB version also available)
- 11.6” HD Display (1366 x 768 resolution) for wide angle viewing
- Lightweight design (under three pounds)
- Google Chrome Management Console license
- Reversible camera with snap-on magnification lens
- Cloud storage through Google Drive
- Educational applications through Google Chrome Web Store
- Collaboration efficiency through Google Classroom
- Enrollment in Chrome Management Console – Testing
- PARCC and Smart Balance Compliant
To facilitate deployment, RGS offers a full suite of device setup and support services, including provisioning to school network requirements, testing and battery charging, call center support, and next business day, advanced warranty replacement. Access to core and supplemental curriculum, learning management systems, classroom management systems, web filtering and professional development are also available to assist teachers, administrators and IT professionals in maximizing the learning experience. RGS also makes these digital learning solutions available to more students with pilot programs around the country, offering integrated classroom-scale bundles as an introduction to the technology.
For more information, visit the RGS Education Technology website at http://avnetrgs.com.