With technology being a central part of our 21st century lives, it’s essential that it is integrated into education. Students today have grown up with the intuition to swipe a smart phone or tablet screen, so bringing this technology into the classroom can help bring learning material to life, while preparing them for the future workplace.
Mariëtte Scholtz, Samsung Mobile and TomTom product manager at Rectron, comments: The need to make technology available to a deeper pool of students was the force behind the partnership between Rectron and Samsung to bring the tech industry together and their solution to life.”
The solution, dubbed School in a Box, packages the tools students most need and want in one affordable box.
Scholtz explains that it includes a Samsung tablet, along with Rectron and its vendors’ accessories such as a carry case, additional memory, a tablet cover with built-in keyboard, a screen protector and in-ear headphones. Every accessory was chosen to offer the best quality product at the best price, and each one has a warranty period for additional peace of mind.
The box itself, called a green box, is also designed to fold into a pencil holder and tablet stand so that there is very little wastage.
In addition, School in a Box comes with insurance from Tech Insure, which covers one liquid damage repair and one screen repair within 12 months. “Having this insurance option in place is an important consideration for parents or schools buying expensive technology for their children or students,” says Scholtz.
This is part of making technology as accessible as possible to as many students possible. In keeping with that line of thinking, School in a Box is also available in three categories – the Essential range retailing at R2 999 with a 7-inch tablet (SM-T116), the Classic range available for R4 699 with a 9,6-inch tablet (SM-T561) and the Advanced range for R6 999 with a 9,7-inch tablet (SM-P555). “This ensures that regardless of education level or budget, there is a suitable package for every student,” Scholtz says.
The Classic and Advanced category solutions also include a solar panel by World Panel to ensure students with limited or no access to electricity can charge and use their tablets. “These solar panels are hardy and take the same time to charge a device as a regular charger would.”