Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Andreas Grabner, Stackify Blog, Liz McMillan, David H Deans, Automic Blog

News Feed Item

Microsoft, Intel and RM Education Join Forces to Bring 1:1 Computing to UK School Children

SANDWELL, England, November 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  • New figures suggest 1:1 computing can generate £300,000 in additional lifetime earnings through improved educational attainment
  • Launch of Shape the Future UK aims to bring 1:1 computing to schools across the country

Microsoft and RM Education, in collaboration with Intel, have joined forces and now proudly announce the launch of Shape the Future UK.  Shape the Future is a global Microsoft initiative that aims to close the opportunity gap between rich and poor by putting technology in the hands of every child.  From today, government-funded UK schools[1] will be eligible for the scheme which provides a range of high-quality, affordable, Windows 8 devices with top-flight software pre-installed to students and teachers for their own personal use.  Available exclusively from RM Education, the devices include laptops and tablets, powered by Intel processors, suited to a range of different users from manufacturers including RM, Asus and Acer at more than 30% off RRP.  

And here's why: new figures from Experian[2] suggest that, for some children, home access to a computer could generate up to £300,000 in additional earnings over their lifetime; UK-wide this would amount to £6.6bn in additional income.  There is a large body of existing data supporting the educational and wider economic benefits of access to ICT.  Research suggests that of all the potential economic benefits derived from digital inclusion, home access for children delivers the greatest[3] but, until now, there was no realistic way of enabling it.  

Joice Fernandes, Worldwide Leader of the Shape The Future Programme, Microsoft, said, "Shape the Future has the power to put knowledge in the hands of children.  That knowledge empowers them to shape their own future.  I passionately believe that Shape the Future is a true force for good - as has been proven with our projects around the world.  I'm thrilled that we are now bringing this programme to the UK."

Tim Hatch, Director UK Education, Intel, commented, "Technology in Education is moving into a new era of mobility and usage, with more and more students continuing their learning beyond the classroom, especially at home. We at Intel are very excited about this program and that we feel it will help bridge the accessibility of technology to all students, with a scheme that is all encompassing and fair. We need our students from whatever their backgrounds to have that equal start in life and help them become the next generation of informed, flexible and collaborative employees."

Mike Allen, Managing Director, RM Education explains why the three companies have come together, "We all know how technology can deliver learning that is more exciting, more engaging and more effective.  Just imagine what we could achieve if every child, regardless of background, had their own device.  It's a great opportunity to close the attainment gap and to level the playing field.  I can't wait to start talking to schools about how they can take advantage of the scheme."    

Shape the Future UK is being launched at Shireland Collegiate Academy in Sandwell, an outstanding school led by Sir Mark Grundy, Executive Principal, which has provided 1:1 devices for the past four years.  Kirsty Tonks, Director of e-Learning at Shireland said, "Students who have had their own device are remarkably different learners from their predecessors.  Their abilities to learn independently and to push the boundaries of their learning are both outstanding.  We've never seen levels of progress as high as those we've achieved with students who have had 1:1 devices.  It doesn't come without significant effort on the part of teachers, students and families to make it work but their stunning results speak for themselves."

To see the range of Shape the Future devices, please visit http://www.rm.com/shapethefuture

Or follow us on Twitter #UKStFLaunch

Notes to Editors

[1] - To be eligible, schools must fund the purchase of Shape the Future devices with at least 50% government money.

[*2] Taken from Impact of 1:1 PC Ownership Experian, 2012 (based on PriceWaterhouseCoopers research).

Extract:

1:1 PC ownership is a key component for driving forward digitisation

  • Equipping our children to compete in the global economy
  • Driving equality and social mobility

For some people 1:1 PC generates £300k in additional earnings. UK-wide this could amount to £6.6bn in increased lifetime earnings.

[3] - PriceWaterhouseCoopers analysis, Champion for Digital Inclusion, The Economic Case for Digital Inclusion, 2009

Shape the Future UK - How it works

Shape the Future is an innovative, simple and cost effective way to get all students using 1:1 devices at home and in the classroom. Drawing on citizenship and digital inclusion programmes, Microsoft®, RM Education and Intel® support the affordability of this PC and software package, which has already worked successfully for over 21 million students in 56 countries. This is a unique hardware and software offer - designed to provide a great value 1:1 programme for all. Likewise, teachers are also eligible for this scheme.

All devices in the Shape the Future range are designed for education and come packed with over 20 top educational software titles from Microsoft including essentials for learning such as Microsoft Office Professional® and innovative new software such as Kodu.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About RM Education

RM Education has been helping teachers to teach and learners to learn for nearly 40 years. We develop, manufacture, install and manage hardware, software, IT networks and services and classroom resources all specially designed for schools to help deliver inspiring engaging learning.  

Schools and local authorities outsource their IT to RM Education and we also provide systems that help mark exam papers, deliver school performance data and enable access to learning platforms from home or school.  Our customers include schools, colleges and universities, local government, central government education departments & agencies.  

Visit http://www.rm.com/shapethefuture

About Intel

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. Founded in 1968, the company has developed technologies, products, and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live.

The company also leads programmes in areas such as education, sustainability and regional volunteer initiatives.

Intel has over 80,000 employees in 300 locations in 50 countries around the world. In the UK, Intel is headquartered in Swindon with other smaller sites in London and Winnersh Triangle.

For fiscal year 2011, Intel reported record revenues of US$ 54.2 billion.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
With the introduction of IoT and Smart Living in every aspect of our lives, one question has become relevant: What are the security implications? To answer this, first we have to look and explore the security models of the technologies that IoT is founded upon. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nevi Kaja, a Research Engineer at Ford Motor Company, discussed some of the security challenges of the IoT infrastructure and related how these aspects impact Smart Living. The material was delivered interac...
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
"When we talk about cloud without compromise what we're talking about is that when people think about 'I need the flexibility of the cloud' - it's the ability to create applications and run them in a cloud environment that's far more flexible,” explained Matthew Finnie, CTO of Interoute, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The Internet giants are fully embracing AI. All the services they offer to their customers are aimed at drawing a map of the world with the data they get. The AIs from these companies are used to build disruptive approaches that cannot be used by established enterprises, which are threatened by these disruptions. However, most leaders underestimate the effect this will have on their businesses. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rene Buest, Director Market Research & Technology Evangelism at Ara...
No hype cycles or predictions of zillions of things here. IoT is big. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, Associate Partner at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data analytics considerations, edge-to-cloud tec...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists examined how DevOps helps to meet the de...
When growing capacity and power in the data center, the architectural trade-offs between server scale-up vs. scale-out continue to be debated. Both approaches are valid: scale-out adds multiple, smaller servers running in a distributed computing model, while scale-up adds fewer, more powerful servers that are capable of running larger workloads. It’s worth noting that there are additional, unique advantages that scale-up architectures offer. One big advantage is large memory and compute capacity...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend 21st Cloud Expo October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, and June 12-14, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assista...
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks. We’re in the midst of a wave of excitement around AI such as hasn’t been seen for a few decades. But those previous periods of inflated expectations led to troughs of disappointment. Will this time be different? Most likely. Applications of AI such as predictive analytics are already decreasing costs and improving reliability of industrial machinery. Furthermore, the funding and research going into AI now comes from a wide range of com...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 21st Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago. All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devic...
We build IoT infrastructure products - when you have to integrate different devices, different systems and cloud you have to build an application to do that but we eliminate the need to build an application. Our products can integrate any device, any system, any cloud regardless of protocol," explained Peter Jung, Chief Product Officer at Pulzze Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ayehu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on October 31 - November 2, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara California. Ayehu provides IT Process Automation & Orchestration solutions for IT and Security professionals to identify and resolve critical incidents and enable rapid containment, eradication, and recovery from cyber security breaches. Ayehu provides customers greater control over IT infras...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex software systems for startups and enterprises. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business...
SYS-CON Events announced today that GrapeUp, the leading provider of rapid product development at the speed of business, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company, specialized in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market acr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Enzu will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st Int\ernational Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Enzu’s mission is to be the leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions worldwide. Enzu enables online businesses to use its IT infrastructure to their competitive advantage. By offering a suite of proven hosting and management services, Enzu wants companies to focus on the core of their ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Cloud Academy named "Bronze Sponsor" of 21st International Cloud Expo which will take place October 31 - November 2, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Cloud Academy is the industry’s most innovative, vendor-neutral cloud technology training platform. Cloud Academy provides continuous learning solutions for individuals and enterprise teams for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and the most popular cloud com...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IBM has been named “Diamond Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 21st Cloud Expo, which will take place on October 31 through November 2nd 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
In his session at Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, an entertainment executive/TV producer turned serial entrepreneur, presented a success story of an entrepreneur who has both suffered through and benefited from offshore development across multiple businesses: The smart choice, or how to select the right offshore development partner Warning signs, or how to minimize chances of making the wrong choice Collaboration, or how to establish the most effective work processes Budget control, or how to ma...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CA Technologies helps customers succeed in a future where every business - from apparel to energy - is being rewritten by software. From planning to development to management to security, CA creates software that fuels transformation for companies in the applic...