Bringing together representatives from across the Middle East's education sector, Dell hosted a roundtable to explore the role of IT in learning across all levels of education. The open discussion forum also showcased the company's education products and services alongside education application partner SunGard. The roundtable focused on the many benefits of effective IT in education. Using new technologies, educators can make informed decisions that can lead to better time management, streamlined online testing and personalized student information via student unique identification numbers used to check their grades, assignments and test dates. The conversation also addressed how better access to information from data warehouses can help teachers create their own improved learning resources to improve student outcomes.
One example of how Dell technology is benefitting the education sector is the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in the U.A.E. Using Dell's PowerEdge M-Series blade server, combined with other data center equipment, and ERP and learning management applications, HCT students not only gain access to the most up-to-date information and communications technology, the institute is able to reduce both power and cooling costs while increasing server capacity. During the session, Dell was able to present its education solutions, including the Latitude 2100 netbook and ProSupport services. Influenced by the needs of primary education students, Dell Latitude 2100 netbook present educators with the opportunity to enhance lessons and boost time management. The Latitude 2100 has unique features for schools like bright primary colors and a more rugged, 'rubberized' design that is easier for children to carry and use safely. It also offers wireless connectivity that can be monitored by the teacher with a Network Activity Light on the netbook lid. An optional touchscreen is a first for an education netbook and makes the Latitude 2100 a perfect choice for enhanced student interaction, assessment, and for special education teaching.