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Acer TravelMate B117, the notebook with TeachSmart ready for the classroom and the cloud

Acer has unveiled its new 11.6-inch laptop TravelMate B117, custom designed for the educational marketEquipped with Windows 10 PRO, Intel Pentium or Celeron processors, Intel HD graphics card, up to 4GB of DDR3L RAM, HDD or eMMC storage options, dual digital microphone and Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam with HDR support.

Spokespersons for the Chinese leader have exposed the data, stressing further that the Acer TravelMate B117 is the company's first laptop with the TeachSmart solution, which facilitates new avenues of interaction in the classroom and provides teachers with tools and services in the cloud to distribute class materials and collect work digitally.

With regard to other characteristics of the new terminal of the one directed by Jason Chen, it is worth mentioning that incorporates precision touchpad able to recognize the gestures of Windows 10 and guarantee a smooth and responsive experience. Also, has various connectivity options; among them, 802.11ac wireless connection with 2 × 2 MIMO, a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port and an HDMI port with HDCP support.

Acer TravelMate B117 will be available in Spain and Portugal at the end of the first half of the year.Acer TravelMate B117 will be available in Spain and Portugal at the end of the first half of the year.

About its structure, the Acer TravelMate B117 comes with a rubberized frame that reinforces the case to protect the equipment against shocks or falls, while its weight is only 1.35 kg and its thickness is 22.3 mm.

TravelMate B117 has been designed with a classroom environment in mind.

It also has a solid hinge that allows an opening of 180 and withstand more than 25,000 oscillations, while the casing can withstand a pressure of 60kg. As for the keyboard, it is splash resistant, with a water drain design that protects the computer from accidental spills.

Another of the peculiarities of the TravelMate B117 laptop with TeachSmart, is that incorporates an integrated LED light in the lid that can shine in different colors. Students can toggle between four colors using the software to indicate their status, allowing teachers to easily track their students at a glance, informants have illustrated.

With the functionality of the LED light in the cap, teachers, for example, can send multiple choice questions to the entire class. Thus, after students select their answers on the laptop, the LEDs will light up with the corresponding color to indicate the answer they have chosen. Alternatively, students can change the LED light after they have completed the assignment and teachers can monitor the progress of the entire class simply by looking at the student laptops. The LED light can also replace the traditional raise your hand, to get the teacher's attention. In addition to this, teachers will have a user interface that shows the general status, such as the number of students who have completed their assignments or the breakdown of the answers in the multiple choice tests.With the functionality of the LED light in the cap, teachers, for example, can send multiple choice questions to the entire class. Thus, after the students select their answers on the laptop, the LEDs will light up with the corresponding color to indicate the answer they have chosen. Alternatively, the students can change the LED light after they have finished the task and the teachers can Monitor the progress of the entire class simply by looking at the student laptops. The LED light can also replace the traditional raise your hand, to get the teacher's attention. In addition to this, teachers will have a user interface that shows the general status, such as the number of students who have completed their assignments or the breakdown of the answers in the multiple choice tests.

Acer TeachSmart takes the classroom to the cloud

Delving into the capabilities of Acer TeachSmart, Chinese spokespersons have highlighted that it also includes an integrated cloud solution that keeps teachers and students connected.

Through Microsoft OneNote with a Microsoft account, teachers can distribute class materials and assignments, as well as stay informed at all times of the progress of each student, eliminating the need to make hard copies, have highlighted those of Acer, adding that in addition to all this, the system keeps teachers and students connected not only in the classroom, but also outside, including features that adapt to the individual needs of each teacher.

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