Laptop vendor Asus will supply 15,000 Asus Transformer T100 Windows8.1 devices to Fresno Unified School District, the fourth largest district in the state of California with 72,000 students.
Asus Transformer T100 Windows8.1 devices will be provided to 3rd-8th and 11th graders at Fresno USD which is preparing to take the Common Core field test this spring.
In addition, Asus Transformer T100 will support the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy of Fresno USD, said Microsoft in a blog post.
Asus Transformer T100 will address Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s requirements for testing.
The district received $7 million in state funding for devices that meet the specific hardware and software requirements.
Fresno Unified School District chief technology officer Kurt Madden said: “We looked at the Chromebook, Android tablets, and the iPad, but ultimately, due to security, management, cost, and Common Core requirements, we felt a Windows 8.1 device would better meet our needs across the board.”
Microsoft said the district currently runs its back-end system on Windows and provides all District students with Office 365 Education, including the Student Advantage program which
“We manage all devices on our domain with Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager. If we went with something like Chromebooks, we could have spent less on the device itself, but would have accrued additional costs and fees for device management that would end up costing us about the same, if not more, than our choice to go with Windows 8.1 devices,” said Madden.
Microsoft said the Windows 8.1 Asus Transformer T100 device that comes with Office 365 education productivity suite enables Fresno USD students to gain valuable communication, collaboration, and Microsoft Office experience skills will help them secure a high-growth/high-wage job in the future.