A Newport I.T firm has launched its own computer device specifically for children.
“Fizzbook Duo offers a new flexibility when it comes to learning.” said Az Ashraf, Director of A2Z Computing. “Whether it’s used at a classroom desk in laptop mode, or remotely in tablet mode; students have full access to quality education both in school and at home.”
Speaking of the development of the computer, Mr Ashraf said: “The Fizzbook Duo was designed to fit in with children’s lifestyles. Young people have busy lives just as much as adults these days. The simple transition from laptop to tablet mode ensures that the device is useable in any setting; whether that be in the car, sat in a doctors surgery or on the sofa. The Fizzbook Duo has up to eight hours of battery life once in tablet mode; making nighttime and weekend learning accessible at relative ease.”
The Fizzbook Duo is culmination of nearly six years of work, with initial plans drawn up in 2009. Numerous prototypes have been developed and tested, with the Fizzbook Duo boasting a 10.1 inch screen and a lower-case keyboard to appeal to younger users.
Mr Ashraf spoke of the year-long pilot scheme has has run with a Gwent primary school: “The feedback we have got tells us that we have something special. We ran a pilot scheme with a local primary school and despite a council body being forced to withdraw its support, the headteacher was full of praise for the Fizzbook Duo’s usability, its impact on the children in terms of increased ability and confidence, and the benefits it can have on those children with a wide range of Special and Additional Educational Needs (SEN/AEN).
“The headteacher commented on how each pupil benefitted from having the responsibility of looking after their own Fizzbook; with pupils engaged throughout the learning process. This is what we aimed to achieve, and we’re confident that the Fizzbook Duo not only increases the ICT ability of young people and SEN/AEN pupils, but allows learning to be a continuous process that doesn’t stop when they leave the classroom.”
Talking about the flexibility of the Fizzbook Duo, Jonathon Dawes, Head of Research and Development at A2Z Computing, said: “With the added extras of thermometers and telescopic lenses, the Fizzbook Duo works just as well in science and geography as it does in ICT lessons. It really is become the complete education tool for the modern day child.”
A2Z Computing is in talks with council bodies, SEN/AEN organisations as well as schools throughout Wales to deliver the Fizzbook Duo to children.
A2Z Computing supply a plethora of hardware including PCs, laptops and tablets. They also develop their own software for some of their clients in public services. Currently, they have seven staff but will be making a series of new appointments throughout the year across the different arms of the business. In addition to their local client base the company deal with businesses across the world with clients as far away as New Zealand.