Acer expands education footprint - Education Matters Magazine

Acer expands education footprint

Acer has been selected by the NSW Department of Education as an authorised vendor to supply a range of Windows desktops and notebooks, as well as a Chromebook option under a standing offer arrangement.

With this, Acer’s new range of devices for schools have been added to the NSW Department of Education Catalogue for discretionary purchase and are now available for order and delivery.

The announcement follows Acer’s continued momentum in the education sector in Australia, including winning the most current notebook for teachers rollout for the Department of Education WA and completing large rollouts for the Department of Education in ACT and Victoria.

In late 2018, Acer was also reappointed to the new Victorian Whole of Government purchasing panel for desktops, Chrome devices, mobility devices, notebooks and two-in-one devices.

“Acer has worked hard to develop devices that are tailored to meet the needs of students and teachers, improving efficiency, streamlining processes and even facilitating live feedback,” said Rod Bassi, Oceanic Sales Director at Acer.

“We’re thrilled to be servicing not just one, but a number of the Departments of Education across the country and are considered as a suitable choice for educators who want to make their classrooms the best they possibly can with the right equipment.”

Among Acer’s education product range is the Spin 5, a 2-in-1 device that has enhanced features to facilitate 1:1 interaction between teachers and students through live feedback capabilities, allowing students to adapt their schoolwork in real time. The device also has Windows 10 capabilities, helping educators to adapt to a fast-paced teaching environment through constant yet secure cloud access, meaning they can access student work, lesson plans and more at the touch of a button.

Additionally, the TravelMate B118 has best in class durability with a pressure resistant screen, spill-resistant keyboard, shock-absorbent bumper and drop protection to withstand all the elements, both inside and outside the classroom. Both the Spin 5 and TravelMate B118 boast a battery life of 13 hours – longer than the school day, a 360° hinge that enables four set up modes to foster different learning styles, and an active pen which provides natural pen-on paper experience.

Acer is also investing in the local education sector, supporting the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in a pilot program that aims to help teachers understand and boost individual student engagement. The program is known as The UTS x Acer Learner Attention Analytics Pilot Program and passively collects data on the eye gaze, mouse, keyboard and digital pen movements of students to better understand how much attention a student is paying to their learning device, and help identify learning behaviours that suggest where additional student support is needed.