Florida school tests success of ultra-mobile PCs

During the final weeks of the school year, Lake Gem Elementary (Orlando, FL) students in 2nd and 3rd grade will test SRA’s digital learning technologies in math and reading, using 17 ultra-mobile PCs provided by SRA/McGraw-Hill and ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

Lake Gem Elementary is part of the Orange County Public School System, and has over 840 students in grades K-5 with a large percentage of African American and Hispanic students. The students will use the PCs to access SRA/McGraw-Hill’s Imagine It! eSuite technology and Building Blocks math software. After the two-week testing period, SRA hopes to determine the “motivational qualities of content delivered on ultra-mobile PCs” and to evaluate different providers of Intel Classmate PCs.

Imagine It! Is a research-based reading and language arts curriculum for grades Pre-K through 6, and is integrated with the eSuite. For grades 2-3, the eSuite features an eStudent Reader, eSkills and eGames, eFluency, eInquiry and other interactive learning programs. Building Blocks features nearly 200 digital research-based math activities that correspond to each step on the learning trajectory, acting as the student’s personal tutor.