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Eric - I think we should not expect that a 1-to-1 device "do it all". Do it
all includes needing a large high-resolution screen, a fast CPU and fast
GPU, lots of RAM and storage, good keyboard and pointing device, as well as
light-weight, portable, small, and low power. The device closest to that
description that I know of is a "gaming laptop". It compromises in every
direction but can do everything almost as well as an optimal device. HP
recently announced one at $1600.
<http://www.anandtech.com/show/8686/hp-launches-omen-a-thin-gaming-laptop>

Maybe dockable tablets are the way to go? When you need extra speed and
screen and storage, you sit down and pop your tablet(/phone?) into a dock
that amplifies its capabilities while giving you the environment you're
used to. shazam.

steve

On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 10:44 PM, Eric Hall <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> I'll pick up on Jon's comment: "What do your students and teachers want?
> Need?" I would paraphrase that to be "what do WE want our students and
> teachers to be doing with the tools we provide?"
>
> I am more concerned about limiting creative potential than durability or
> hardware specs, and getting caught in a never-ending search for the "right
> app" to do what can be done with a platform-specific machine. That said,
> most of our current workflow can and is accomplished online. Exceptions are
> already noted: advanced tools (image, video, audio,) the Maker world (3D
> design, printing, cutting, automating with Arduino etc.) and a few
> function-specific tools like Google Earth (I still can't figure out why
> Google hasn't addressed that) as well as the many sites out there that
> still rely on plugins (shockwave, Java, Silverlight.) My biggest fear is
> having to tell a teacher or student that they can't do "x" in class because
> we have provided them with a limited device...
>
> Although providing access to multiple devices is likely the best solution,
> that forces us to step back from the "anywhere, any time access" that suits
> our High School learners. On the other hand is there ANY device that will
> "do it all?" Perhaps that is not a realistic goal.
>
> No answers here, but I much appreciate the discussion!
>
>
> *Eric Hall*
> *Technology Integration Specialist*
> *Mount Mansfield Union High School*
> *Chittenden East SU*
>
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> On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 8:24 PM, [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>>
>> Wow 60 posts. Heated debate.
>>
>> I have a Surface, a PC, a Chromebook, ipad and a couple of different
>> android  tablets. But no MacBook air.
>>
>> I do all of my video and audio work on PC.  I use my chromebook a lot,
>> but it is a limited device.
>>
>> I would choose the device with the most functionality.
>>
>> In the end our kids easily transfer skills from one device to
>> another.....as do we.  What do your students and teachers want? Need?
>> On Dec 10, 2014 10:01 PM, "Matt Henchen" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>
>>> What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Macbook Air versus the
>>> Chromebook for a High School 1to1 program in Vermont?  Please leave
>>> your feedback on this Google Doc -
>>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/19vHzv9o5En_K5ARJpV8PNAcRsMsSMZTTiLEOfUk_Au8/edit?usp=sharing
>>>
>>> (p.s. we specifically chose not to include tablets, so we'll have to
>>> have that debate elsewhere...)
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
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