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When staff at St Catherine's independent girls school developed their one-to-one learning strategy, they envisaged each pupil using one dedicated tablet device - at home, in the classroom and during independent study. However, they needed robust hardware that students could use intuitively, and applications that stimulated collaboration, feedback and creativity. In 2011, IT staff trialled the newly released Samsung Series 7 Slate PC, which uses the Windows 7 operating system. With touch-screen and digital-stylus capabilities, the slate PC enables students to hand write notes, comments and equations directly into Microsoft OneNote 2010 files. By deploying Microsoft Lync onto teachers' computers, they can monitor each other's presence, and start instant messaging, voice and video calls with one click.
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