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Educators Choose Dell Latitude 10 Tablets to Help Personalize Learning

  Educators Choose Dell Latitude 10 Tablets to Help Personalize Learning

  *Fargo Public Schools, Southern Illinois University, Spartanburg School
    District 3 and Westwood Independent Schools choose Dell Windows 8 Latitude
    10 tablets for the form and function students and teachers want with the
    manageability IT administrators need
  *A third-party study states Latitude 10 essentials configuration with
    Windows 8 delivers a lower management cost than iPads in large scale
    education deployments^1
  *An online survey of K-12 school IT decision makers reveals it can cost
    more than $1,400 on average to prepare devices to work in schools^2,3

Business Wire

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- March 7, 2013

Dell today reports that schools are already deploying recently announced Dell
Latitude 10 tablets designed to address the costly and time consuming device
management challenges faced by schools undertaking large deployments of
tablets. Fargo Public Schools, Southern Illinois University, Spartanburg
School District 3 and Westwood Independent Schools have selected the
enterprise-ready Windows 8 tablets for their compelling touch experience,
reliability, security and ease of management.

Fargo Public Schools: “We want our students to learn the needed skills to be
successful in the 21^st century and we believe they must have the right
devices at the ready that will help them not only consume information but also
produce new projects and content,” said Bill Westrick, IT Director, Fargo
Public Schools. “We chose Dell Windows 8 devices because teachers can
integrate them into their existing curriculum; students can now produce
information as easily as they can consume it and the Dell Latitude 10 tablets
are easy for us to manage within our existing IT infrastructure.”

Southern Illinois University: “This tablet initiative will enhance student
success and help them become more engaged in the campus experience,” said Rita
Cheng, Chancellor, Southern Illinois University. “Being the first
comprehensive research university to launch a large-scale, campus-wide tablet
initiative that focuses on student success lets our students know that we are
working to revolutionize their SIU experience. We know our students and their
families also will appreciate the financial benefits of e-textbooks.”

Spartanburg School District 3: “Ultimately, it’s all about the learning
experience,” said Eric Levitt, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction,
Spartanburg School District 3. “Dell Windows 8 devices deliver our teachers
and students an intuitive device for self-directed learning that delivers a
personalized approach to education.”

Westwood Independent School District: “We were seeking solutions that would
bring technology into the classroom, sparking students’ desire to learn, and
also expanding our district’s educational opportunities beyond the classroom,”
explains Dr. Clint McLain, Assistant Superintendent and High School Principal,
Westwood Independent School District. “Additionally, Dell’s tablets provided
the best way to address our online student assessment needs here in the State
of Texas. These devices are innovative and will be enjoyable for our students
to use.”

Study Reveals Multiple IT Challenges of Deploying Tablets in K-12 Schools

A recent Dell and Intel-commissioned Harris Interactive online survey^2 of 203
US school system administrators and IT decision makers highlights the tablet
management challenges faced by schools today. The results show that tablets
are increasingly becoming a standard IT device (53 percent of IT decision
makers surveyed have deployed them in their schools). However, other studies
show some tablets can cost significantly more time and money to manage.
According to the results of the Harris survey:

  *Preparing tablets to work in a school’s existing infrastructure can cost
    more than $1,400^2,3 on average.
  *These costs include time spent on tasks such as device management,
    password setting and resetting, enterprise domain and access configuration
    and policy development.
  *Fifty-seven percent of education IT decision makers using tablets say
    there are applications currently used on their desktops and laptops that
    cannot be currently accessed on their tablets; 46 percent say some can
    only be used with limited functionality.
  *Additionally, 41 percent say they have to purchase applications to mirror
    desktop and laptop functionality.
  *And 31 percent say they require additional software or tools to manage
    tablets.
  *Fifty-nine percent of school system IT decision makers and administrators
    say choosing devices that integrate with their existing IT infrastructure
    and that can be managed by existing tools is the best way to minimize
    total cost of ownership for tablets.

The Dell Latitude 10 tablet was designed to overcome these challenges by
combining a great user experience with ease of management and deployment by
IT. The tablet fits easily and securely into existing school IT environments
to help improve IT efficiency and decrease total cost-of-management. Because
it is managed like any standard Windows-based laptop, the Dell Latitude 10
tablet is significantly easier to deploy and manage than the iPad in large
scale implementations.

According to third-party testing performed by Principled Technologies^1, when
compared to the iPad in large scale education deployments, the Latitude 10
essentials configuration:

  *Requires 52 percent less time to manage.
  *Is 99 percent faster for software updates, saving approximately 197 hours
    with automated updates.
  *Saves IT time, doubling the number of devices a single IT staff member can
    manage.

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Additional Resources:

More information, including images, infographics, full research reports and
blogs that further explore the research findings and Latitude 10 for Education
can be found here.

About Dell

Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is committed to helping students develop the
knowledge and skills they need to learn and succeed in an increasingly digital
world and a globally competitive workforce. As a top provider of technology
and services to schools, Dell listens to and works with students, educators,
administrators, parents and community members around the world to deliver
innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more in and
out of the classroom. Learn more about Dell in Education at www.dell.com.
Follow us on Twitter @DellEDU.

^1Tablets in Large Enterprises: Dell Latitude 10 with Windows 8 vs. Apple
IPad, A Principled Technologies Test Report, Commissioned by Dell, Jan. 2013

^2The Dell Education and Technology study is a third-party study commissioned
by Dell. This Dell Education and Technology study was conducted online within
the US and UK by Harris Interactive on behalf of Dell between Dec. 27, 2012
and Jan. 14, 2013 among 203 US and 120 UK IT decision makers who work in K-12
education and are either principals, school administrators or IT professionals
working inside or outside a dedicated IT department, and who have at least a
major influence on decision making regarding purchasing computer equipment for
the school. No estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a
full methodology is available here.

^3Price does not reflect cost paid by listed customers.

^4Offers subject to change, not combinable with all other offers. Taxes,
shipping, handling and other fees apply. Offers available only to qualified
U.S. customers and subject to restrictions in your applicable contract, if
any. Dell reserves right to cancel orders arising from pricing or other
errors.

About Harris Interactive

Harris Interactive is one of the world's leading market research firms,
leveraging research, technology, and business acumen to transform relevant
insight into actionable foresight. Known widely for the Harris Poll® and for
pioneering innovative research methodologies, Harris offers proprietary
solutions in the areas of market and customer insight, corporate brand and
reputation strategy, and marketing, advertising, public relations and
communications research. Harris possesses expertise in a wide range of
industries including health care, technology, public affairs, energy,
telecommunications, financial services, insurance, media, retail, restaurant,
and consumer package goods. Additionally, Harris has a portfolio of
multi-client offerings that complement our custom solutions while maximizing
our client's research investment. Serving clients in more than 196 countries
and territories through our North American and European offices, Harris
specializes in delivering research solutions that help us—and our clients—stay
ahead of what's next. For more information, please visit
www.harrisinteractive.com.

About Principled Technologies and Management Cost Methodology

Principled Technologies (PT) compared a set of typical enterprise IT
management operations on the Latitude 10 and the Apple iPad. PT looked at what
the cost of doing these operations would be in a typical enterprise with 1,000
of the devices using existing management tools like SCCM. Principled
Technologies provides industry-leading technology assessment and fact-based
marketing services relying upon extensive experience with and expertise in all
aspects of technology testing and analysis, from researching new technologies,
to developing new methodologies, to testing with existing and new tools.
Principled Technology’s founders have worked in technology assessment for over
20 years. They created and led the Ziff-Davis Benchmark Operation, which
developed such industry-standard benchmarks as Ziff Davis Media’s Winstone and
WebBench. They founded and led eTesting Labs, and after the acquisition of
that company by Lionbridge Technologies were the head and CTO of VeriTest.

Dell, Latitude and OptiPlex are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any
proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.

Contact:

Dell Global Education Communications
Kari Sherrodd, +1-512-728-2835
Kari_Sherrodd@dell.com
or
WPP Team Dell
Tessa Barron, +1-415-268-1621
Tessa.Barron@wppteamdell.com
 
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