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Re: [school-discuss] Converting 600 old laptops into K12LTSP thin clients for 1:1 ratio at a middle school
Chris Gregan wrote:
If I may suggest you try the "SLICK" release of OpenSuse on one of these
laptops. It has an optimized boot process as well as other KDE processes
to provide a full KDE experience on slower hardware. I have it running
on a 500MHz system with decent results considering the resources
available. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
The SLICK release can be found here: http://en.opensuse.org/SLICK
Thanks Chris, and thanks to all for the recent responses, we presented
the ideas to our district school technology folk and we're now
discussing details of the laptops and how they could best be used. They
won't be mobile as it turns out, so we're leaning towards thin clients
on either tables or laptop carts. Interestingly, one of the main
advantages of them is the small form factor of the keyboard, and the
fact that you can thus fit more of them on the side of a table for
elementary and middle school kids. With 2:1 to 1:1 ratio of student to
PC, the electricity and space in the class and hallway (for the laptop
carts) start becoming the most limiting factors.
BTW, our principal told us that in nearly all subjects our test scores
are up this year, and in particular in math by a significant amount
across all grade levels. She stated that she feels the new technology
(K12LTSP) has had a direct impact on improving our academic performance.
I know that the kids are on the First-In-Math web site via Firefox
every chance they get, being early to school, late to lunch and early in
from recess to get more time on the laptop carts. All that time
practicing math has to be good for something. Also, a very interesting
benefit is that the fifth grade teachers began a major project on
Oceanography in the last two weeks of school. No one else, including
the principal can recall a time when such a major student learning
project was begun in the last two weeks of school, normally it's a
ramp-down time. I'm guessing the teachers felt confident to commence
such an undertaking this year because they knew they would have enough
working computers and a fast enough Internet connection that the
students could quickly research the topic and quickly put bulletin board
displays, reports, and presentations together.
What else does one need to convince oneself of the benefits of Open
Source software and terminal/server architecture?