Laptops in Schools

An interesting article in the SMH today – the DET is on the hunt for cheap laptops.

Had to chuckle at the reference to the NSW government resigning itself to the “boisterous nature” of secondary school students, and allowing for “the likelihood that one in 10 of the machines will be lost, broken or stolen each year.”

What I want to know is – what are they going to do to make sure the laptops we DO get run faster than a snail’s pace?  Currently my average laptop lesson uses about 15 minutes at the start just getting logged onto the laptops and onto the net.  This turns most teachers off, and many colleagues avoid the laptops altogether because they ‘waste’ so much class time.  *sigh*

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