At first sight this looks interesting:
andMicrosoft is touting the forthcoming MultiPoint Server as being designed for non-technical professionals, so they won’t need a consultant or administrator to set up and manage the system.
To finish:The teacher management interface is called the MultiPoint Manager and allows the management of desktops, student accounts, and student sessions, plus provides teachers with a way to distribute content to students’ desktops.
Full article: Blogs.ZDNet.ComNo word yet on pricing.
Sounds like a good idea, for some locations.
However I don't really see it working that usefully above primary level. It's essentially a thin client setup isn't it?
What happens when teacher leaves themself logged in and says to kid A "oh just work on my profile"
Kid A shuts down for a laugh and the rest of class looses their work.
In short, nice idea but I won't be queuing up for one.
[Declaration: I'm a Microsoft-insider!]
Now that this is article is out, let me share what we're thinking in the UK education market for this:
- It may have some limited relevance in primary schools (but as it is fixed, probably not as useful as a trolley of laptops/netbooks), eg in IT suites, which are becoming less common.
- Even more limited application in secondary schools, who are heading towards 1:1 pretty rapidly
- Good setup for a simple cybercafe setup, where all the screens are close together
So, in a world of Microsoft where were launching a new product every week, and the UK education team tend to look at this as a pick'n'mix shop (ie we choose to spend time talking about the ones that we think are most relevant to UK schools, and don't talk much about the other 1,000+ products) this is probably second order.
I think it's most relevant to developing markets (including some markets in europe where their studentc ratio is waaaay behind the UK). And so, because 20% of the people that come to BETT are international visitors, we'll have it on the stand for them to see - and so you to can come along and make your own judgement too.
But as happens now and again , we can be wrong, so feedback on the above appreciated!
Netman (13th November 2009)
I have a sneaky feeling that in a couple of years a workstation thin enough to be screwed to the back of a monitor between it and the wall and capable of running a web browser is going to be cheap enough to make it not worth the bother of any other kind of system, though.
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