As part of this contract, Gateway will provide Tablet PCs and support services to five Illinois school districts for the state’s Technology Immersion Pilot Project. The Gateway M285 Tablet PCs will be given to teachers and sixth graders for use as a teaching tool to support day-to-day instruction and student testing.
The M285 Tablet PC enables students to use the digital pen for numerous activities including, solving mathematical equations, drawing diagrams, editing documents and taking notes directly on the widescreen display. Teachers are able to enhance the curriculum and classroom collaboration by taking advantage of the functionality of the Tablets.
"We are excited to partner with Gateway to help close the digital divide," said Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn. This project supplies students with Tablets equipped with science and math tutorials, word processing, note taking and spreadsheet software. In addition, educators will benefit from professional development training and the schools will receive technical assistance. "It’s fulfilling to see that our convertible PCs are enriching the learning experience and preparing students for the workplace of the future," said Vin Riera, Gateway vice president, professional sales.