We will ask them to put the computer in the hands of their students to get feedback. We will post that feedback here on this blog.
Our goal continues to be to find a computer to get in the hands of students that is:
- inexpensive – does more need to be said? Well we are looking for a device that any and all students could and would afford to bring the internet into the classroom.
- portable – should be small, light, nothing much heavier than a math textbook yet far more useful.
- multimedia – needs a webcam, speakers and lots of storage for music and video. Most netbooks have this space but need to check before we buy.
- battery life – really we want something that can go a whole day in a classroom without needing a charge.
- strong performance – should have a modern operating system, decent boot time to get right into use in the classroom.
Here is what we purchased this year:
Acer 10.1" Netbook featuring Intel Atom N450
Purchased from Bestbuy for $299+tax. See Bestbuy.ca
- Intel Atom processor N450 and 1GB system memory
- 10.1" display
- 160GB hard drive
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
- Multi-in-1 memory card reader
- Pre-installed Windows 7 Starter edition
Here it the FREE software on the machine and links if you want the software on your computer.
- Office and Wordprocessor: Open Office
- Browsers: Firefox, IE and Chrome.
- Communication: Skype
- Sound recording and editing: Audacity
- Photo viewing and editing: Picasa
- Video Player: VLC video player, Windows Media
- Antivirus: AVG Free
- Google Earth
We purchase Norton Ghost 15 to image the computers to get the same software on all the computers. Of course I needed some help with this, here is the technical team. All the computer boxed had to be opened, labeled, connected to an external drive and CD drive to be ghosted. Total time about two hours/machine.