It all depends on how you measure success.
If success is teachers and students using technology as a part of the
educational experience every day in your school the portable, flexible
laptop will be more successful than a desktop.
Personally, I observe more desktops sitting unused in the back of the
classroom than laptops in a cart or belonging to a teacher. Think of
hours of use, not years of service.
As far as infrastructure (imaging etc.) If we are working towards
technology being used all the time, every day as a part of our schools
then having the teachers make the technology "personal" - use it all the
time, every where, is extremely attractive. That is a lot easier with a
notebook than a desktop. Adapting our infrastructure to support portable
notebooks is beneficial to achieving the goal of technology being
integrated into the day to day functioning of our schools.
My image is of every meeting at the school starting with the
teachers/administrators opening their personal notebook's (iPads?) and
opening the shared document that has the agenda and collaboratively
working on creating the final document that describes the work that they
are doing. This is not possible with the computer being rooted in the
back of their classroom.
> One of my schools is currently looking at replacing its AGING Desktops.
> Obviously the functions of these machines and the way we do business in
> schools has changed significantly since they were purchased (8+ years). I
> have suggested that we look at the functions of where and how these
> machines will be used in order to determine whether to replace them with a
> desktop or laptop.
> Can anyone offer any criteria that your school uses to make a call about
> whether to purchase a desktop or laptop.
> These machines are NOT for a 1:1 - many are in classrooms (i.e. attached
> to a Smartboard) or in the back of a classroom, labs, offices, etc.
> Here are some of the points we are looking at in decisions
> -- cost of having desktops vs laptop
> -- imaging cost (time,etc) of desktop vs laptop
> -- how mobile and versatile the purchased hardware can be over its
> (i.e. can be placed anywhere in the room vs. near the switch) (can be a
> multipurpose machine - sometimes used to run the Smartboard, sometimes
> in a corner of the classroom to create a movie, sometimes brought to an
> inservice workshop or data meeting to accomodate the increasing need for
> technology in many functions of our job)
> -- amount of hours the machine will actually be 'used' if its a desktop?
> if its a laptop?
> --replacement cycle (this one is a tricky one what is the cost/benefit
> a laptop vs desktop) i.e. a laptop for 4 years at $200 a year that is
> used 20 hours a week vs. a desktop for 8 years at $100 a year that is
> 10 hours a week
> so many things to consider... what are YOU considering when making these
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