Education-specific PCs by Intel
July 19: Intel Pakistan Corporation has introduced the Intel-Powered Classmate PC that
will be used in classrooms by the students of classes VI to VIII under the
supervision of teachers and with the added option of parental
Naila Kassim, Intel Business Development Manager gave a
presentation of the Classmate PC and explained its different features to the
press and government officials in a local hotel, on Wednesday. The Classmate PC
is a small, mobile-learning assistant that Intel specially designed for
This learning device is designed to provide affordable,
collaborative learning environments for students and their teachers to equip
them with technology that will help them with forward learning and development.
Naila informed the audience that Pakistan's 70 per cent population was
concentrated in the rural areas that had practically no access to the
"We will target the government schools for this programme and
initially we have selected two schools in Islamabad and one each in Lahore and
Karachi." The Classmate PC has two versions. The first one is only 7-inch long
with a price of US$ 230-240. It will be limited to the school segment only and
will not be sold in the market. The other version is a 9-inch PC priced at US$
375-400 and meant to be sold in the markets.
The teachers will be trained
to operate these small, lightweight PCs in the classrooms so that the students
use it for the educational purpose only. The news
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