By Christopher Dawson,
January 15, 2009, 6:55 PM PST
The built-in accelerometer not only allows screen rotation, but opens the door for many new educational applications since Intel opened up the API.
A "skin" over Windows, as well as a group of educational applications, preventing unwanted changes to a Windows machine and securing the OS, Internet, email, etc., for kids aged 2-10.
A language learning application controlled centrally in a lab setting by teachers. This integrates both with text-based and CD-ROM based instruction.
Classroom management and interactivity software from Smart Technologies, allowing teachers to view what students are doing and allowing students to interact and collaborate
Optimized for small screens and low system requirements, based on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
Math and literacy software, now optimized for touch and smaller screen sizes on the Classmate
Introductory physical science simulation software from Algoryx that uses the accelerometer as well as several other built-in modules to make physics instruction interactive and accessible to kids.
Cases optimized for small form factors and suitable for low-power charging in developing markets.
A variety of cases and carts allowing full labs of Classmates to charge on a single standard wall outlet.
According to Pasco, the bundle includes "three powerful visualization, graphing and analysis applications from PASCO: DataStudio, WAVEPORT®, and MyWorld Geographic Information System (GIS)."