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Tuesday, 24 June 2008
My colleague Peter Harris, headteacher at Farsley Farfield Primary School, clearly isn't as passionate about the RM Asus Minibook as I am. Unlike me Peter is seriously into ICT in schools and I respect and welcome his views...
Are you on an RM commission or what? As I said before, the RM Minibook appears to have some serious limitations, not least the inability to easily combine with existing networks and the screen size that messes up the appearance of our learning platform. They have also yet to provide a mobile internet 'dongle-type' solution. The Windows version will probably be expensive and the LINUX can't run most of our legacy software.
The TES article was very basic and didn't address these issues. Have any Leeds schools actually tried using a job lot of these? I hear almost nothing strategic from Ed Leeds ICT in terms of really detailed case studies. I appreciate that you have had a positive personal experience but does that necessarily translate at a school level? I have a Mac at home that is the absolute business, but integrating ten into school has been a pain for many of the reasons I suggest could apply to the minibooks. People always go 'Wow you've got a cool set of Macs', but I always explain the pros and cons in practice.
What do your ICT colleagues think of the minibooks, and how do they disseminate their professional opinions to the likes of me? Peter"
For me it is a brilliant little notebook but Peter is right we need some case studies and to find out the real strengths and limitations in a school setting. Anyone out there want to comment and talk from their experience.