To support the growing adoption of mobile technology in education, Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX), a leading global provider of smart IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, today launched its Print and Learn (PAL) Program. Designed to help schools and universities optimize their investment in today's digital classrooms, PAL closes the loop on the missing link for students and teachers who need to print from their tablets, smartphones, Chromebooks, and other mobile devices.
With a mission to complement school programs to foster student achievement, the National Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has joined PAL as an official sponsor. PAL is designed to help schools maximize their existing resources to provide students with the tools they need to be successful in the digital environment. The program consists of product discounts, idea sharing on social media, professional services, and a year-long photo contest. It is applicable to K-12 and higher education institutions, PTO members, students, parents, faculty and administrators.
"Technology-based instruction is an essential component of effectively preparing students for the future," said Tina Riccio, classroom consultant for the Parent Teacher Organization. "It's crucial to have leaders in technology step up and support educational endeavors. We applaud Lantronix for creating the PAL Program and taking an active role to deliver tangible benefits to the emerging digital classroom. Our organization is happy to be an inaugural official sponsor."
It may seem counter to the notion of going digital, but the digital classroom with its tablets, netbooks and other devices creates an undeniable need for paper. In fact, there remains a strong need for students and teachers to be able to print a variety of items–from homework to tests to lesson plans. But printing from mobile devices can be a challenge–with software downloads and kludgy apps that may or may not be effective. Moreover, with the bulk of technology purchases going towards tablets and Chromebooks, many schools do not have the resources to spend tens of thousands of dollars to buy new printers with built-in mobile printing capabilities.
"Lantronix has been a long-time partner to the education market, providing many IT solutions over the years," said Kurt Busch, Lantronix president and CEO. "With the increasing adoption of tablets and other mobile devices in the classroom, it is clear that schools need a simple and cost-effective mobile printing solution. Supporting our education institutions and promoting meaningful digital integration into the classroom is something we believe in, and we're happy that we can play a role to ease the transition to the digital classroom."
The xPrintServer from Lantronix is an easy-to-use hardware solution that makes printing from mobile devices fast and hassle-free. Three versions of the xPrintServer are available: the Home and Office Editions, which are compatible with iPads and other Apple iOS devices, and the Cloud Print Edition, which is compatible with Android devices, Chromebooks and other devices running Google's Chrome browser. Each version of the xPrintServer allows users to print to thousands of models of USB or network-connected printers, whether wired or wireless, without any software to download. PAL provides a 20 percent discount to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. To purchase, simply visit the Lantronix eStore for xPrintServer and enter promotional code PAL20.
Students and teachers alike are encouraged to visit the PAL Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PALbyLantronix to showcase personal achievements, fun discoveries as well as share ideas on how to best use technology in the classroom. The Facebook page will also provide helpful tips, insights on trends and case studies.
To kick off the PAL Program, Lantronix is hosting a year-long photo contest, in which students and educators are encouraged to submit photos highlighting technology creativity in the classroom. To enter, participants can upload their photos on the PAL Facebook page through the photo contest tab or via Twitter with the hashtag #BeOurPAL. A winner will be selected at random each month and will receive an xPrintServer Home Edition or an xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition. More photo contest details and entry requirements are available on the PAL Facebook page entry form, at http://woobox.com/7guwc7.
From a campus-wide level, PAL offers a free consultation with Lantronix's professional services team to discuss ways that educational institutions can make the most of their technology investments in mobile printing. School IT professionals can register for this complimentary consultation at www.Lantronix.com/PAL.
Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) is a global leader of secure communication technologies that simplify access and communication with and between virtually any electronic device. Our smart connectivity solutions enable sharing data between devices and applications to empower businesses to make better decisions based on real-time information, and gain a competitive advantage by generating new revenue streams, improving productivity and increasing efficiency and profitability. Easy to integrate and deploy, Lantronix products remotely and securely connect electronic equipment via networks and the Internet. Founded in 1989, Lantronix products have applications in every industry, including education, medical, security, industrial and building automation, transportation, retail, POS, financial, government, consumer electronics, and IT/data center. The Company's headquarters are located in Irvine, California. For more information, visit www.lantronix.com.