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New device can be used in and out of classroom

Zoostorm’s education netbook

Zoostorm is preparing to add a new model to its Fizzbook range of education-focused netbooks, with the UK-based vendor claiming that it is the first device designed exclusively for the needs of school children.

Expected to hit the channel in May, the Fizzbook Spin – which is based around Intel’s Classmate system – has been created to cater to the unique educational needs of six to 14-year olds. Powered by Intel’s Atom platform, Zoostorm has implemented a raft of features specifically designed to help children with their studies.

The main feature in the new device is the rotatable touch screen, allowing it to switch from a laptop folio in a classroom environment to a tablet for field-based learning.

“It’s not often that a device truly revolutionises classroom learning, but the recent trend in netbooks in schools has done just that,” explained Zoostorm’s director, Simon Roberts. “The problem is 99 per cent of netbooks aren’t actually designed for children or the classroom, so schools are failing to realise the potential the technology offers. The Fizzbook Spin changes that.”

The devices also comes packed with the SMART Classroom Learning Suite, which has been designed to help teachers accelerate learning through specialised applications.

The new netbook can also be synced with interactive whiteboards through the supplied SynchronEyes software, providing further ways for the device to be integrated into the learning environment, such as fastest finger first games and children interacting with the whiteboard from their desks.

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