Captain Packrat (captpackrat) wrote,
Captain Packrat

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No more pencils, no more books

A high school in Tuscon is abandoning textbooks in favor of giving students notebook computers.

When I was in high school, we had Apple II's and Commodore 64's, and in my senior year, a lab full of 088's and 286's (and a single 386 which was so expensive it was kept under lock and key)

This is a nifty idea, but I'd hate to be in the IT department there. I wonder how many of the machines will be dropped/defaced/otherwise damaged. And how will they keep the students from looking at porn or other inappropriate material? Firewalls and blocking software aren't 100% effective. Sure, only $850 per laptop versus $600 for books, but how much extra are they going to spend on IT? A good rule of thumb is 1 IT person for every 25-50 users. That means they'll need nearly as many IT weasels as teachers!
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