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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. 

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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