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Sony Electronics Launches K-12 Initiative, a Tablet Education Program



    Sony Electronics Launches K-12 Initiative, a Tablet Education Program

The Initiative Provides Educators with Devices for Purchase, Expert Advice and
Help with Classroom Device Management

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 4, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony has announced a new K-12
Education Initiative which focuses on helping schools easily integrate devices
into the classroom, allowing teachers and administrators to better harness the
power of tablet and mobile technologies for education. The program not only
includes access to tablets and other devices at special pricing, but also
provides schools with additional services and support needed for long-term
success. The 360-degree solution includes support such as a real-time, online
community where resources are continuously updated by a network of
distinguished educators, software to manage and protect devices and
information, user training and tailored programs for districts and schools.

The Sony® Xperia™ Tablet S, the flagship device in the program, is uniquely
positioned for the classroom curriculum, with features such as:

  o Android™ 4.0 (upgradeable to Android™ 4.1)
  o 9.4" high-definition screen
  o Compatible with existing PC and software solutions
  o Guest Mode allows teachers to restrict or grant access to specific apps
  o Full-sized SD card slot for expandable memory or easy file transfer
  o Extended service and accidental damage plans available

In addition to access to special tablet pricing, educators can also utilize
the Sony Education Ambassador (SEA) community, a free online destination that
provides solutions for educators looking to implement technology in the
classroom and fosters dialogue about how technology can enhance student
learning. A group of distinguished teachers, IT managers and specialists
across the U.S. have been tapped to be Sony Education Ambassadors. They have
been equipped with Sony devices and have been trained on how to best use these
devices in the classroom. Using their expanding online influence, the SEAs
will educate and provide resources to other educators using the online
community and their social networks. Resources range from instructional videos
to lesson plans that align with a wide array of instructions, including Common
Core State Standards.

"This program is focused on providing teachers with the right education and
resources so they can get the most out of technology in the classroom. All the
resources are created for teachers, by teachers," said Jamie Marsh, senior
product manager for Sony Tablet. "The online database draws upon the expertise
and knowledge of a community to provide ideas and solutions suited to
individual teachers' needs."

Additionally, the Sony Education Program offers educators security and content
management options. Xperia Tablet S devices include a 1 year subscription to
Kaspersky Tablet Security. This software helps protect the devices against
viruses, Internet threats, spyware and spam.  Kaspersky's anti-theft software
also helps users to remotely protect their mobile content should the devices
be lost or stolen.

Educators can also centrally manage mobile devices and deploy apps and content
that they choose to fit the class curriculum. Additionally, educators using
Xperia tablets receive 50 GB of - cloud storage with Box.com.

"As an educator, Sony's K-12 Initiative was particularly compelling to me
because it looks beyond just providing schools with devices," said Tim
Wilhelmus, a Sony Education Ambassador and an innovation, curriculum and
technology specialist at Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. "One of
the biggest issues schools face isn't bringing technology into the classroom,
it's what to do with that technology once it gets there. The Sony Education
Solution addresses that challenge by providing educators with a number of
valuable services and support options."

The Sony K-12 Initiative is now accepting inquiries and orders from schools
and educators. For more information, to submit inquiries or to access
education resources, please visit www.educationambassador.com. Sony will also
be at TCEA at booth #2155.

SOURCE Sony Electronics

Website: http://www.sony.com/news
Contact: Maya Wasserman, Sony Electronics, +1-858-942-2681,
Maya.Wasserman@am.sony.com
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