Quiet the reverse, I don't think you've gone into enough detail ;) Couple of points I thought interesting to pick up on, if I may...
Originally Posted by mthomas08
Since this is something I said, I want to be careful and not be taken out of context. I'm sure my fellow Edugeekers, whom I've discussed this with on numerous occations, understand where I'm coming from. I believe, as a techie, to look at a tablet device and not see the possibilities is small minded. That is entirely seperate and different to the wider debate of affordability, educational impact, school strategy, implementation, etc. I look at the form factor and see very real ways in which they can be used to enhance or enrich teaching and learning.
Itís interesting to see those who are supporting these types of schemes are quick to accuse others of being small minded.
It must be almost 2 years ago, back during Windows 8 beta, that I last did a proper review. Android was still on version 3. At the time, iPads looked to be the only option. The quality and consistancy of the Appstore contents set them appart. It'd be interesting to see how things have changed. IMHO, Jelly Bean often times feels like a more enjoyable OS to use the IOS (although IOS 7 as improved matters greatly). I also wonder what the Windows store is like now? Since Windows 8 is domain joinable, it may herald the best of all worlds?
Our students here are able to connect up to a separate Wi-Fi which is accessible by anyone on site, we have noticed that there has been a lot more android devices walking in the door compared to anything else. The iPads no longer have their own separate wow factor now that the competition have caught up with the production of tablets.
Are you able to share any detail on what isn't working about the scheme? Do you think it is totally unworkable, or is there scope for improvement with the right changes? Are staff engaging with the devices and promoting their use in lessons?
The last meeting I had with the Head pre Christmas I had been asked one thing straight away and that was is the scheme working: My simple answer was no.
Very kind, I'll send a PM soon. Could be very handy considering the stage we are at here.
If anyone wants a copy of this netbook report now a month and a bit old and I really should update it, just PM me. Itís 6 pages long and although it covers what our own school has gone through some schools may find it very useful.
Sorry if I didn'y pick this up, but is this a full 1:1 scheme or are we talking large numbers of netbooks owned by departments ready for student use in lesson? If 1:1 are they entirely school bought devices, or are parents contributing/buying (and if so are you able to indicate how much)? I'd also be very interested to hear what the main reasons you get for repair are and what the biggest reason for insurance claims is?
As a result of too many claims last year 2012-2013 we wasnít able to get coverage for the recent year 7s, same thing happened the year before that. The first year company actually bought the school out of the policy due to the amount of claims. We also deal with all the repairs/warranty issues which has added up our work load and we have even employed a 4th person.
The current scheme is a full time 2 man job and this covers around 1000 devices and still some of my time and 3rd technician will be involved in the work load.