AC_Power wrote:Like someone mentioned earlier, the learning platform should always be web-based, so that you do not tie down the make and model of laptops student can use or the OS the student can use.
The school can then allow the students to get the laptop their parents can afford, stating min requirement like, having a wireless connectivity and the web browser to be installed.
For students who are from lower income family, the school maybe can sponsor them refurbished sets or offer installment plans.
By only recommending a certain brand or make of laptop for students to buy, does not sound right, regardless how you are to argue the merits.
Web-based is good for e-learning, but will not be able to replicate or replace the integrated classroom platform.
I dont think school deploying e-learning will dictate the make of the machines....for example CHS does not dictate that ownership is a must....but judging by the amount of work being done online, ownership is certainly a benefit....
that leads to another question, if the school does not dictate that ownership is a must, can the poorer student still qualify for subsidies, like that available at the schools which are implementing the Bring Your Own Device integrated classroom?
One more thing is that we should try and understand the rationale behind the decision on the platform and appointment of vendor / supplier by the school. We are look at this from a basic point of view, like how we go online for KSP.com.... it goes beyond that for a smart classroom set-up, and the appointed vendors / supplier provide set-up services, and drop off repair support at the school, for example....and i dont think the school also dictate that it a must to buy from the appointed supplier, as long as the spec is similar...