Other than saving login/logout time, and not having to delete old profiles
now and then (which can be automated) I'm wondering what you gain. The
things I like about separate profiles are many.
Each student has their own browser history in all three major browsers,
which has helped me pinpoint who did things they shouldn't.
If a kid inadvertently saves his work locally, another student cannot
If students tell a browser to keep them logged in to a site, like FB, that
doesn't get shared with other students.
the event log logs login/logout times, if a machine is tampered with, I
can tell who was the last one to use it. This fall, for instance, a kid
went into the BIOS on a lab machine and put a password on it. Well,
that's easily fixed on desktop machines, but then I went into the event
log, saw who last used it, gave his house asst principal that info, who
had a talk with the student, he confessed, and was disciplined.
In the case of our cart laptops, it's kind of a pain, because if the
wireless isn't working, the kids can't log in, but what used to happen
before I used separate profiles is they'd grab a machine, fire up word,
spend a whole period working on a paper, then try to print it, and that
wouldn't work, just as the bell is ringing, and they're trying to go. Now
they find out right off the bat that there's a problem, and grab a
different laptop. They'd find out with this script, too, but I'm guessing
a fair number would start typing, then try to save, realize they hadn't
run the script, try it, and then have problems at the end of class instead
of the beginning.
Kids can have their accounts revoked for cause. True, they can still use
the ipads, but we have GAFE and Active Directory synced, so suspending an
account in AD knocks them off the Chromebooks, too, so it's still a 90%
solution for us. We even have the Macs set up for AD logins. We didn't
use to, but teachers of the classrooms where Macs are used actually asked
me for that, the desktops of the macs got too cluttered, and no one knew
what was safe to delete.
Brattleboro Union High School District # 6
School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>I have been moving all my student use computers to a generic logon, but
>in one case I needed to still map drives. The computer was giving me
>trouble so I came up with a completely new approach, which allowed me to
>have a generic windows logon (one profile), and still map drives and home
>I wrote it up in a blog post if anyone else is interested: [
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