Here at EHS, we have 28 HP netbooks that we sign out to teachers for student use in classes. They've been used extensively and the teachers and students are loving them. The teachers sometimes just sign out a few to have in the class while students are working on projects, so that those ready to do research have them available while the students not at that point aren't stuck in the computer lab with the whole class. Other times teachers sign out one for every student and use them off and on throughout the class. The size is perfect as they only take up a small part of the desk and leave room for notebooks etc. Mostly they're being used for research, Office, web 2.0, and online textbook activities. The battery life is a HUGE advantage. They can be used the whole school day and still not run out of battery. I have them stored in a 'charging station' that I've set up, and they go out without chargers. They've actually been such a big success that many departments want their own, we're placing an order for 58 more this week!
Educational Technology Integration Specialist
Essex High School
>>> Vincent Rossano <[log in to unmask]> 03/31/2010 11:05 PM >>>
Re: Links to your Acceptable Use Policies
I'm speaking in jest, of course; we all remember them. There was a lot of
chatter about them last year at this time. However, the chatter quieted down
considerably by the start of this school year. Is anyone out there
deploying them extensively? Is anyone thinking they might still purchase a
bunch of them?
I never got very excited about them, but I wonder if others did and if they
still are. If so, would they care to comment on their experience with these
devices? Price is the obvious reason to like them, but did you who
purchased them feel they did everything you expected them to do? Any
Thanks for sharing.
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