|[June 29, 2014]
Panasonic Brings Education Solution for K-12 to Market in Collaboration with Intel and Microsoft
ATLANTA --(Business Wire)--
Panasonic, a leader in holistic technology solutions for the education
market, today announced it has collaborated with Intel and Microsoft (News - Alert)
Corp. to deliver a purpose-built mobile computing solution for the K-12
education market. The 2-in-1 convertible device, the 3E ("Engage,
Empower, Enable"), features a tablet that comes with a detachable
keyboard to deliver laptop capabilities and aims to engage students,
empower teachers, and enable IT. The company unveiled the 3E today at
the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference.
Panasonic (News - Alert), a leader in holistic technology solutions for the education market, today announced it has collaborated with Intel and Microsoft Corp. to deliver a purpose-built mobile computing solution for the K-12 education market. The 2-in-1 convertible device, the 3E ("Engage, Empower, Enable"), features a tablet that comes with a detachable keyboard to deliver laptop capabilities and aims to engage students, empower teachers, and enable IT. (Photo: Business Wire)
"Any one of our companies could design and develop a mobile computing
solution for the education market," said Rance Poehler, President,
Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. "Delivering a
student device was not our goal; we wanted to deliver the
solution to the challenges faced specifically by K-12 students and
educators. With our combined resources and vast education market
experience, these three companies have the ability to collaborate on a
solution that is greater than the sum of its parts. By working together,
Panasonic, Intel (News - Alert) and Microsoft are helping bring to market a
purpose-built education solution that will promote digital literacy and
deliver truly personalized learning."
Designed from the ground up for the K-12 market, every aspect of the 3E
was conceived to encourage inquiry-based learning, to boost engagement
and nurture analytical skills that will help students succeed in STEM
subjects. The device is also able to alleviate teacher anxiety by
empowering them to deliver personalized learning for students while
maintaining whole group instruction.
Created Specifically for Today's K-12 Student
Developed to foster active learning and effective classroom management,
the 10" touch-screen 3E 2-in-1 features education-specific software,
such as KNO, from Intel and Microsoft. The 3E also includes a detachable
keyboard for maximum flexibility, in addition to:
Interactive STEM-centric Features: The 3E includes a stylus for
easier note-taking, an attachable magnifying lens that turns the
camera into a microscope, and a temperature probe for lab experiments.
These interactive features promote inquiry-based learning and
facilitate training in STEM subjects.
Durability: As a manufacturer of mobile devices that can
survive the world's most extreme environments, Panasonic has infused
the student devices with similarly rugged technology: the 3E is able
to withstand three-foot drops in addition to being spill and dust
resistant, meeting IP51 standard. Such a level of ruggedness increases
where and how lessons can be taught, and reduces the risk of device
Classroom Management: The 3E promotes student collaboration
with reversible docking, and allows teachers to control what the
students are doing by viewing or unlocking their devices to ensure
everyone is on the same page and tracking with the lesson.
"As educators, it is our imperative to support extended learning and
expoe students to the tools and environment that await them in the work
world," said Jason Messer, Superintendent of the Manteca Unified School
District and 3E customer. "Devices that are purpose-built for K-12
education, like the 3E, are ideal to meet the needs of this market and
help the students leap into the digital age."
"At Intel, we're inspired by the potential of technology to bring
learning to life and equip students with the skills they need for future
success," said John Galvin, vice president of the Sales and Marketing
Group at Intel and general manager of Intel Education. "Devices such as
the 3E are powerful learning tools that transform how students learn and
teachers teach. We're doing more than simply giving students devices to
take notes - we're empowering teachers to have more control over their
lessons and incorporate interactive features that inspire student
curiosity and promote inquiry."
"Digital inking makes a significant difference in student outcomes in
the areas of math and science,"�said Margo Day, vice president, U.S.
Education, Microsoft. "We are deeply committed to improving student
success through innovative technology. Our collaboration with Panasonic
to create a STEM-centered Windows 8.1 student device at an affordable
price is an important pillar in that effort."
Additional features include:
Range of I/O ports: The 3E offers wide compatibility, with
Micro HDMI, Micro SD, micro-SIM card, audio/microphone combo jack, USB
3.0 and power ports.
Leading processor and operating system: The 3E is built on an
Intel® Atom™ quad-core processor and runs Windows 8.1 PRO right out of
Long battery life: The 3E can last a full school day with a
tablet battery life of eight hours, plus an optional keyboard with
carrying handle that can extend the battery an additional three hours.
For a full list of 3E specifications, http://www.panasonic.com/business/3e/3e-2-in-1-device-specs.asp.
Accessibility for Range of School District Budgets
In spite of its rich features and rugged technology, the 3E comes at an
affordable price point, starting at $499. By offering an affordable
device that will promote digital literacy, heighten student engagement
and help districts meet benchmarks, the 3E takes aim at the inequality
currently weighing on the education system in the U.S.
Panasonic also offers grant-writing assistance to ensure that schools
with tighter resources are able to provide students with technology that
will engage and inspire them. The program is part of Panasonic's
end-to-end education solutions offering, which includes custom system
design, deployment and support. Additionally, the recently launched
program Panasonic Education Pricing (PEP) offers K-12 institutions deep
discounts from retail pricing. The initiative includes Panasonic's suite
of products for the classroom and will extend accessibility of its
product and services to all students and faculty, without breaking the
The 3E 2-in-1 and full Panasonic connected classroom are on display at
this year's ISTE. At booth #901, attendees can experience the connected
classroom and see how compatible products such as projectors, tablets,
lecture capture, enhanced classroom audio and security can work together
to improve the learning experience for students and ameliorate obstacles
for staff and teachers.
For more information, visit us.panasonic.com/3E
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sales inquiries for Panasonic's Education solutions should be directed
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