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FYI From Legoeducation ETA March 2015:

Tablet-based software supporting LEGO®MINDSTORMS®Education EV3 will be available soon!
At the BETT Show in London, LEGO® Education demoed the new LEGO Education EV3 Programming App for use with the LEGO MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 solution. The EV3 Programming App is a simple and effective way for classrooms to get started with EV3 within a 45-minute classroom period. The combination of the physical EV3 robot and app provides educators with the tools needed to engage and motivate their students and opens up the possibility of expanding the EV3 experience to the more extensive computer-based edition of the EV3 software. Currently, the app is compatible with iOS-based tablets and will be available in English in March 2015 via the Apple iTunes App Store and LEGO Education downloads.

-Charlie 

> On Mar 2, 2015, at 11:29 AM, Swayne, Nick - swaynedd <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Tom,
> 
> We trolled the local Best Buy and found some decent HP laptops for $239.  They have 15in screens, Core i5 processors, 6 gb ram, and 500 gb hard drives.  They run Windows 8.1 but don't have touch screens.  From my perspective, touch screens are nice but they don't seem to hold up as well as just using a mouse - particularly with kids.
> 
> Nick
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Marino
> Sent: Sunday, March 1, 2015 11:52 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Inexpensive EV3 compatible device feedback
> 
> Hi coaches,
> Before I start my spring after school robotics club/program, I need to get two more laptops/devices to run the EV3 software (to maximize student engagement 3 to 4 students per laptop and kit).  Two questions for those of you that care to and can help:
> 1. Does anyone have recommendations on an inexpensive device that can run the EV3 software efficiently?  
> 2. Is the EV3 software "touchscreen-friendly," or is best to use a mouse or track pad?
> Thanks,
> Tom
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