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No more pencils, no more books

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/07/12/school_no_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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altivo
Jul. 12th, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
I can conceive of no way that a notebook computer will take the place of textbooks. This is a disaster in the making, but then most public education in the US is heading towards a total train wreck anyway.
kibbles
Jul. 12th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
They arent the first place that did it.

Vermont, Virginia, had laptop programs, I know Apple handled one.
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