Baltimore County Public Schools To Give 150,000 HP Elitebook Windows 8.1 Devices To All Students And Teachers

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Last week, we reported that Microsoft will be investing over billion dollars in providing latest Windows devices to students in the US. Today, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) announced that they will be distributing about 150,000 Windows 8.1 devices to students over next few years that will have impact in their education, and also also takes transformational learning methods.

Today is a milestone day for Baltimore, as Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance visits a number of classrooms to start the distribution of some of the devices that will be a part of the District’s journey toward 1:1 classroom scenarios. We’re working with Dr. Dance and his team of educators and staff to execute on the district’s Students & Teachers Accessing Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) initiative aimed to fundamentally shift teaching and learning. Together with Hewlett Packard and Daly Computers Inc. we’re helping the district rollout 150,000 HP Elitebook 810 Revolve Windows 8.1 devices to all students and teachers over the next four years. Also, through our Student Advantage offer, the district which is already providing Office to faculty and staff, can now offer the productivity suite to students at no additional cost.

Read more about it from Microsoft here.

  • Drewidian

    While I’m happy that Windows 8 devices were chosen over iPads ands cromebooks, I think these students and teachers would have been better served by the Dell Venue Pro 11. We’ve evaluated them and found them for our school to be the better of all of the 2 in 1 devices due to it also having the Desktop dock option. The core i5 version even supports dual external monitors. They must have gotten an unrealistic price break.

    • Bugbog

      Whilst neither I (nor you) can attest to whatever ‘breaks’ they may have gotten in order to make their selection. One thing that does count against your choice is the fact that the HP 810 Revolve is an Enterprise grade device.

      “The HP EliteBook Revolve meets military standards 810G testing31 for drop, vibration, functional shock, dust, altitude, and high and low temperature.”

      Meaning it may well be better suited to being used in the classroom by students and teachers.

  • jvs

    What? No Chromebooks?

  • JohnCz

    Way to go Baltimore Co, fantastic student resource. HP must have given them a good deal because there are a number of other Windows 8 PCs that I probably would have choosen over this.

  • Steven Luker

    Never understood why students are given iPads. I have one and it is tough for me to do real work on one. It’s just not great to type on. If they want to go with Apple, go for a Mac.

    I love that kids are getting Windows devices. Real keyboards make sense. Doing writing assignments just go so much better when one can type and see more than a half of the screen.

  • Kruegerman

    That thing looks like it should weight 5 pounds, but it weighs only slightly more than a MacBook Air. Somebody finally figured out that you can make something light without making it so fucking thin that you can’t even put an Ethernet port on it.