EarthWalk Communications has developed a complete computer lab, without wires, walls, or limits. The company’s NetWize system expands upon the “computers on wheels” concept by bundling presentation equipment, training, and software into its wireless solution.
The system consists of 32 wireless eBuddy laptops, classroom management software, a SmartCart, a large-screen presentation monitor, online teacher training, and software. Within minutes of rolling the SmartCart into a classroom, students can connect to the school’s network, perform research on the internet, or use educational software, EarthWalk says.
To use the mobile classroom, teachers just plug the SmartCart into a standard electrical outlet and a single Ethernet connection. The eBuddy student laptops have a range of 1,000 feet and operate on Windows 98. They are stored and charged in the SmartCart. The NetWize system solves the problem many schools face of not having the infrastructure or resources to install computers and internet connections in every classroom.
EarthWalk, established in 1997, has gained a reputation for providing cost-effective technology resources for teachers and students. The NetWize system is completely customizable, EarthWalk said. The price ranges from $12,000 to $50,000, depending on the features selected.