Next Generation Learning Initiative
The device the District will be using in the 2017-18 school year is the Acer TravelMate Spin B1. Designed with classroom environments in mind, the TravelMate Spin B1 is LVUSD's first touch screen device, which features a ruggedized design with a rubber strip that frames the chassis and protects the device from unexpected bumps and drops. A solid 360 degree hinge can take on up to 25,000 swings, while the cover can withstand up to 132 lbs of pressure. The keyboard is spill-resistant with a water drainage design that protects against accidental spills. It doesn't need a fan, so it's whisper-quiet and runs cool. The TravelMate Spin B1 is slender, light, and delivers long battery life – for portable computing with great productivity.
Specifications are as follows:
- Model: Acer TravelMate Spin B1
- Operating System: Linux (ubermix)
- Processor: Intel® Celeron N3450 Quad-core processor 1.10 GHz
- Memory: 4GB DDR3L SDRAM
- Storage: 64GB EMMC Flash Storage
- Display: 11.6” Full HD (1920x1080) Multi-touch IPS
- Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compatible
- Battery: 4-cell, 3220 mAh, approx 10 hour battery
LVUSD is using free open-source software to power all student devices. Free software enables us to offer students access to a diverse range of resources and tools on a reliable platform that teachers and students can count on. Students will use a custom version of Ubuntu Linux called "ubermix", which has been built specifically for use in an education environment. ubermix eliminates much of the complexity of typical proprietary operating systems, leaving an elegant, easy-to-use interface with reliable and secure underpinnings that are not prone to failure, malware, or general instability. All the tools you would expect are there, along with dozens more that you might not (click here to see a list of default applications). ubermix even includes a built-in "quick restore" feature that enables students to reset their systems in seconds, should something go awry, all without losing any of the files they may have been working on. In short, ubermix brings students an interface that does not impede the use of the system, empowering them through simplicity of design and freedom to explore without risk.