Someone's asked me this recently and I wasn't sure what to answer. So, as this could well be a question asked by many:
Some projectors are better specced and more suitable for a classroom than the one's we typically get specified. Some of these projectors cost less than the replacement lamps for the standard affairs. (acer do one, Xsomething - x110 maybe?) Better contrast, better in bright conditions, and dirt cheap.
So, why do they buy a £500 Sanyo or Hitachi as typically specified by Smart, RM or Promethean with bulbs that cost £250, when they can get an Acer Xyz for £220 with bulbs that cost £150 - if they last half as long, they haven't lost anything - they replace it like for like. Possible issues with alignment in the rare cases that universal mountings aren't used but other than the "green" side of it, where's the downside?
Are projectors really that sort of consumable item? Will they continue to be in 3 years?
[QUOTE=solitaire89;442051He used to work in a US school before he came to us, and I think he's been talking to the guys over there. He wants to send me or the Network Manager on a course about it; I think he called it "the iPhone as a learning resource".[/QUOTE]
Pleased to see he's doing it that way rather than telling you to buy 20 of them and only then asking "how do we use these?".
In my more blue sky moments, I can see a classroom use for iPhones - they're certainly more advanced than a handheld voting thing and can do a lot of what a Netbook can do, but with much better battery life. How many schools have class sets of laptops and voting units and even some Nintendo DS? An iPhone possibly represents a cheaper amalgamation of those technologies.
The great thing* about using a iPods/iPhones in an education environment is that they have non-replaceable batteries, so after 12-18 months you have to buy new again.
* for Apple
Let's be real - I know that the batteries are non-replaceable, but how many are genuinely dying after just 12 months (especially with the low usage which classroom iProducts will have).
I think the dock/charging connector or the touch screen itself will give up the ghost on an iPhone in school more rapidly than the battery will......
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It's what we are looking at moving towards over the next 3 years - taking more processing power out of the class room and into the server room.
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