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Tablet solutions abound at 2013 ISTE conference

Schools can buy any number of 32-gigabyte Surface RT tablets for $199, through a special Microsoft offer that’s good through Aug. 31 or while supplies last.

Tablet-based mobile learning was a big area of focus during the 2013 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Antonio in late June, with Microsoft making the biggest splash by giving away free Surface RT tablets to 10,000 conference participants.

The goal of Microsoft’s Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project was to show educators how its Windows 8 operating system—which can power both laptops and tablets—can help create engaging learning opportunities for students.

In addition, Microsoft is offering special pricing on its Surface RT tablets to schools for a limited time. Schools can buy any number of 32-gigabyte Surface RTs for $199, Microsoft said; with a Touch Keyboard Cover the devices will cost $249, and with a Type Keyboard Cover they’ll cost $289. That’s a savings of at least $300 per device.

The offer is good until Sept. 30 or while supplies last. Interested schools can contact their Microsoft Education Account Representative or visit their local Microsoft Store to place an order.

While Microsoft was making headlines with its Surface RT giveaway, other manufacturers were showcasing their own tablet devices as ideal solutions for teaching and learning.

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