Sponsored
Sponsored content is premium paid-for content produced by the Irish Times Content Studio on behalf of commercial clients. The Irish Times newsroom or other editorial departments are not involved in the production of sponsored content.

As students switch to blended learning, reliable technology is a must

Compu b is offering students 10% off Mac plus a free backpack, training and support, and you can spread the cost of payments using finance options too

The college experience this year will be like no other in history. The shift to blended learning is seeing lectures delivered remotely via online platforms and it is likely students will only attend campus in smaller groups for individual tuition, tutorials and limited laboratory work.

One thing that is absolutely certain, is the reliance on technology is going to increase massively. Students will need access to high quality and reliable technology if they are going to be able to interface properly with the new learning model.

“Technology in higher education has never been so important,” agrees Ed Clarkin, chief commercial officer, Compu b. “Recent months have proven how through technology, students can have the opportunity to avail of blended learning. With 25 years of experience in the education sector at Compu b, we have invested heavily in creating support resources for students to make this possible.”

Compu b’s support solution for students includes, “Lifeline, our one-to-one online software support programme and Compu b Training, our flexible online training platform,” Clarkin explains. “These resources support students while ensuring they have engaging learning experiences both on campus and at home.”

This year, students are taking a long hard look at their technology choices and for many, thanks to changing circumstances, it will be Mac or iPad from Compu b that will come out on top.

Mac performance

Students love the experience of working on Mac because it's just built to be better in so many ways. The latest MacBook Air features twice the performance and double the storage,1 along with a new Magic Keyboard, a stunning Retina display with True Tone technology, Touch ID and all-day battery life.2 All in a thin and light, perfectly portable design.

When power is a prerequisite, students use MacBook Pro. With advanced graphics and high-performance processors and storage, it’s a notebook built to handle everything from particle simulations and film editing to compiling code.

The right Mac for you

Students get 10 per cent off any MacBook Air or MacBook Pro exclusively at Compu b, a saving of over €120 on MacBook Air (13 inch 256GB), which normally costs €1,209 and a saving of €150 on MacBook Pro (13 inch 256GB). On top of that students will receive a free Juku backpack worth €87 which features an external USB port for convenient charging on-the-go.

Also included in the offer is free training worth €30. Specially designed by Compu b Apple Professional Learning experts, the “Get to know your Mac” course includes over 200 minutes of online, bitesize sessions. Whether you are tech savvy or a complete novice, this flexible online training platform will ensure you get the most out of your MacBook. In addition, the offer includes seven days of one-on-one technical support from a Compu b expert. This allows students to book an online appointment for any issue or question they might have on the device, or indeed any other Apple device they might own. Plus, when you buy any Apple device from Compu b it also comes with a two-year warranty.

Another attractive student offer from Compu b for today’s students contending with the new world of blended learning is a 5 per cent discount on iPad. Thin, light and durable, iPad turns study sessions into whatever you want them to be, so lectures come to life like never before. The advanced features on iPad, like the Retina display, support for Apple Pencil, and powerful chips and cameras, make your projects and presentations look incredible. It’s so lightweight you can take your studies anywhere. And with 10 hours of battery life, you can take notes in all your lectures and still have power for evening study sessions or downtime.

What’s more, exclusively at Compu b, students can save 10 per cent on accessories for college, including Apple pencil.

Making it affordable

Spreading the cost of a new purchase over a number of years is possible too, using the buy now, pay later option available through Flexifi finance, available in-store and online. It's an easy alternative that allows you to pay for your equipment over a period that suits you. Using Flexifi, a MacBook Air (13 inch 256GB) would cost just €39 per month over 36 months.3

Compu b is an Apple Premium Reseller with 350 dedicated staff and 25 years’ experience and expertise with Apple technology. Compu b is an Apple Authorised Service Provider, recognised by Apple for providing exceptional service.

With six stores nationwide in Grafton Street, Dundrum Town Centre and Pavilions Swords Dublin, Limerick, Cork, and Galway, as well as online at compub.com, expert staff are on hand to answer technical questions or to help you choose the right Mac and iPad for college.

To discover more, visit www.compub.com/students

Terms and conditions apply. Student offer available to current and newly accepted higher education students aged 18 and over and their parents with valid student ID or admission confirmation letter, as well as teachers, lecturers, tutors or other such persons in a supervisory role involved in the provision of education to students with proof of teacher status e.g. employee I.D. card or an official letter from the institution showing the teacher is affiliated to Primary, Secondary or Higher Education Institution. Accessories discount not redeemable against Lifeline Online Support, Compu b Training, iTunes gift cards, AppleCare and Compu b gift cards. Prices correct at time of publication term.