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    Re: Alternatives to laptops + trolleys

    There's talk of our school being given a grant to give every pupil a laptop, the problem is we have 80 or so laptops that the kids use already and frankly they get destroyed.

    I'd need at least one full time tech just to help me support 700+ laptops as they'd be forever breaking, messing up their settings at home etc.

    Ric_ - you'd still have to upgrade the thin clients every few years and lets face it mate kids break things!

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    Re: Alternatives to laptops + trolleys

    Search the forums for 'Computers for Pupils'. For example:

    http://www.edugeek.net/index.php?nam...ewtopic&t=7681

    This is a national scheme being run by the DfES AFAIK.

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    Re: Alternatives to laptops + trolleys

    Quote Originally Posted by tarquel
    Extention cables and the like are useful, but if you have the money to, then use an "extender" type device on each system, that uses a humble cat5e cable for all the data transference i.e. KVM + audio

    Can show u all [and have been meaning to for ages] pictures if needed.

    Nath.
    I would be very interested to see what solution you have come up with

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    Re: Alternatives to laptops + trolleys

    This is more commonly known as KVM over IP. Here's a flyer by Dell about it.

    http://www.dell.com/content/topics/g...=04&l=en&s=bsd

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    Re: Alternatives to laptops + trolleys

    Dell one looks like a regular KVM scenario rather than dedicated one-to-one system mapping which you get from extenders.

    http://www.nti1.co.uk/rackmount-extender.html

    This is along the lines of what I was looking for (and I guess this is close to what Nathan is talking about) but it doesn't handle USB2 at the desktop. If Nathan knows of another unit that does it all then I'm all ears as I can't find a solution other than to run USB over CAT5 in parallel to this, which means more cable, more power plugs required, and more money


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    Re: Alternatives to laptops + trolleys

    Quote Originally Posted by pete
    Back at Uni, there were computers built inside tables with a glass window - you could either use it as a computer workstation or a normal table
    In case anyone else is considering this:

    The school I went to had a Business Management class full of these using original iMacs with the keyboard and mouse on pull out drawers. From a pupil POV they weren't very comfortable (therefore unproductive too). It was difficult to have the drawer out and still see the bottom of the screen if you were short, and craning over can't encourage very good posture. Finally, the iMac took up a lot of room under the desk, and with the keyboard drawer, most of the S6 boys couldn't actually get their legs under the table!



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