According to the FutureSource Report released in the first quarter of 2018, Acer is the No. 1 education supplier for CY2017 and the No. 1 education vendor in the fourth quarter of 2017 in South Africa with its TravelMate B118 device.
This device is one of the hero devices in Acer’s product line targeted towards education. Its purpose is to be a learning tool for use inside classrooms by both computer literate and non-literate teachers and students. The TravelMate B118 has a 13-hour battery life, is a 2-in-1 convertible device, meaning it can be used as a laptop and easily turns into an 11-inch tablet, it is touch screen and comes with a matching stylus which allows younger kids to practice and develop their motor skills. All Acer for Education partners are able to purchase the device locally via Acer’s dedicated Education Partners. Full list will be available on Acer’s website.
Country Manager for Acer Africa Paul Collins says, “I couldn’t be more proud especially because this was a joint company effort by our employees and not achieved through tendered business”.
The focus around Acer for Education has always been to bring technology into more classrooms to help increase productivity for all teachers and students, as well as developing their ICT skills at the same time. Essentially, bringing innovative technologies to the schools of tomorrow.
Acer’s product line is designed to support the learning system at every step, taking education beyond classroom walls. The products are made for every situation and all school subjects. The hardware solutions feature tablets, 2-in-1 devices, notebooks, Chromebooks, desktops, monitors and projectors. In addition, Acer have designed unique software solutions which are all created to support dynamic and interactive learning environments.
This achievement is a result of the around-the-clock work and specific attention Acer offer to the schools it works with around the country. Acer believe that the need is different for each school, hence there is not one solution for every institution, each school should be assessed and treated individually.
This is exactly what Acer set out to achieve last year. Education Lead SADC Peter Lacey says, “Our focus has always been around defining how we can improve the quality of the teaching experience. Technology should be an enabler in the classroom. We find too many people focus on the technology and not the teaching methodology”.
When asked what’s next for Acer for Education he said robotics and coding, which currently has no curriculum. “Coding and robotics is new and it’s what Acer is focusing on currently with CloudProfessor, a device that received an Innovation Award from Acer Europe.
Acer Africa will continue to create and produce excellent technology, that not only supports education but pushes its boundaries and opens the doors to a whole new world that has not yet been eluded to in the education system.