Acer Computer Australia and Pearson Australia have partnered to deliver Pearson Secondary Australian Curriculum e-books to students and teachers.
In line with the new Australian curriculum, the e-books will be made available on Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 and Iconia W500 Tab.
The collaboration between Pearson and Acer aims to create a better solution for teachers and their students as it provides them with instant access to sharing and annotating the Pearson Reader content.
Acer expects to sell 5000 tablets before the end of the year via their National dealer network while Pearson plans to update all future projects into digital formats.
Acer Computer Australia national education sales manager, Derek Walker, said using the tablet as a secondary device could improve the way students learn.
“It will provide schools with access to essential textbook content via a digital tool and also provide frequent updates of new information that was previously unavailable with paper based books until its next edition. The path to paper-less classrooms may be sooner than we think,” he said.
Pearson Australia sees the partnership as an opportunity for the company to transform itself from being a traditional publisher of texts and other paper-based resources to a provider of digital learning formats.
It will be sold to schools as a bundle. Currently, there are 50 titles available as Online Web Books through Pearson Reader and more than 100 e-books being licensed to schools.
Some publications available for download include: Signpost Maths, Science Focus and Heinemann Atlas.
The Iconia Tab A500 runs on Google Android Honeycomb 3.2 and is available in 16GB and 32GB versions, and Wi-Fi and 3G versions.
The Iconia W500 Tab runs on the next-generation AMD platform and Windows 7 and offers a solution that combines touch screen user interface with the experience of a physical keyboard.