Microsoft is teasing some new Windows 10 devices which will come with an LTE option. These are not new Surface devices following the recent launch of the Surface Pro 7 Plus, but are instead OEM laptops. They were announced by Microsoft at the Bett education conference by the Microsoft Education team.

Microsoft is a regular annual visitor to the Bett education conference each year. This year is a little different because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The conference is usually held at the ExCel in London but was cancelled this year.

Instead, the BettFest is being held as a two-day virtual event through January 20 and 21. Ahead of that event, Microsoft is teasing some new Windows 10 laptops that will target education users:

  • Acer TravelMate Spin B3, starting at $329
  • AcerTravelMate B3, starting at $239
  • Asus ExpertBook BR1100, starting at $279
  • JP-IK Leap Connect T304, starting at $229
  • JP-IK Leap T304, starting at $185

Microsoft says all of the above laptops have an LTE option. For the added connectivity, the price will increase around $100, but the company says these are still some of the most affordable LTE PCs on the market.

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Also as part of its Bett announcements, Microsoft says it is releasing an updated Microsoft Classroom Pen 2. The main difference here seems to be a longer enclosure and a more affordable $19.99 price tag.

Looking at Microsoft Teams for education, Microsoft says the Reflect emotional well-being survey integration will come to Education Insights this spring.

The new Reflect tool allows educators to connect with students and engage in SEL classes. Praise Badges are SEL-specific (Social and Emotional Learning) Praise Badges that highlight students. They provide a way to give recognition to students who make small gains in learning.

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