i guess i'd better jump in too

fnwsu purchased 40 toshiba nb205's with arra funds and has had a pilot project at 3 elementary schools with about 10 teachers and 200 student google accounts
we just had another meeting with this group and the feedback was excellent

highgate has since purchased 50 of the same netbooks and mvu has over 100
sheldon school also purchased 30 and replaced its computer lab with them
swanton school may be buying 100 soon

we upgraded to xp pro so they could join the domain and accept individual student logins

the web cams, mics and long battery life have been well received for multimedia and web 2.0 applications such as animations and voicethread

a lot of good collaborative writing activities are happening using the netbooks in our google domain


On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 12:20 PM, Lucie deLaBruere <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Jean thanks for your input.
I enjoyed the thoughtful and strategic action research approach you took to this.
I saw your last presentation at VTFEST and look forward to seeing the update.
Lucie deLaBruere

On Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 8:25 AM, Jean Campbell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi Vince,
MMUHS deployed standard size notebook laptops in a 1 to 1 pilot this year to 25 students to see how well it works.  My answer could be very long winded but the short answer is that it had mixed results on multiple fronts.  After this year's experience and talking with others that used netbooks, I am leaning towards growing our laptop program next year using netbooks instead.  We will be deploying them with Suse Linux desktops and mostly open source apps.
The netbook model we are testing now and will most likely use is the HP 2102 netbook.  We will be presenting on this at Dynamic Landscapes. (There is a plug for DL Ed!)  If you want to hear the long winded answer I can respond off list.

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>>> Vincent Rossano <[log in to unmask]> 3/31/2010 11:05 PM >>>
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 regrets?
Thanks for sharing.

Lucie deLaBruere
Tech Integration Specialist - St. Albans City Schoool


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