Renaissance Launches Laptop for Distraction-Free Learning
Renaissance Learning has launched the Internet-less Neo laptop to help keep students focused on learning.Targeting the education market under the AlphaSmart brand, Renaissance Learning has launched the Neo, a portable notebook computer that keeps children away from the Internet and focused on learning activities. Greg Wright, SVP and general manager of Renaissance Learning, told eWEEK that "The goal in the K-12 market is to provide schools with a cost-effective way to offer one-to-one computing to their students, which appeals to administrators, teachers and students." While the Neo by AlphaSmart laptop does not have Internet capabilities, it does feature resourceful learning software that will focus on helping kids develop writing, keyboarding and quizzing skills, which could help students stay on task without potential Internet distractions.
"While students are working on their Neos, they arent distracted by instant messages popping up from friends or are tempted to slack off by surfing on the Internet when they should be practicing their writing," said Wright.
- Full keyboard with a large LCD screen
- One-touch file access and autosave, which seeks to prevent startup delays as well as the loss of data
- Spell-checking and thesaurus
- User dictionary for adding additional words and terms
- Linked files for rubrics, homework instructions or reference materials
- Built-in help system for quick access to command reference