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FIREtheBUMS

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Like fugging DUH !

Any school district that would do away with text books in this day and age is not qualified to be teaching students IMNHO. Only a damn fool would think you can use a laptop to replace all text books.

That is enough to explain why the school was unable to secure their network and prevent kids from downloading porn, sharing answers, etc.

This is a real world example of what is wrong with the school systems in America - braindead school administrators with unrealistic expectations of technology.

SOS, DD.

krayzie bone

join:2006-09-03
Marietta, GA
well hold on, you make it sound that there are no advantages to a laptop in high school. Of course the potential for abuse is there, but you have to look at the other side as well. In my county they were contemplating to implement this idea but since I think they have scrapped it, I don't know.

A great idea was to have the laptops and store the textbooks on usb flash drives. I think that's a pretty good idea: instead of having poor and damaged books that cost a lot of money, have a cheap flash drive with a PDF file of the text book. Saves on books and buying new editions, and is cheap to replace.


fcisler
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join:2004-06-14
Riverhead, NY
reply to FIREtheBUMS
They did away with a textbook.....they didn't say the content.

I remember in senior year - two textbooks I received had a piece of paper in the inside "Take this code and go to (url here) to download a PDF of this textbook!" along with a code on it.

If the content is the same.....why not use a laptop?

If the school cannot lock down the PC's....well....that's another story.

In my building there are 200+ PC's set aside for complete public use. They are locked down so tight that in the 3+ years - there has not been one incident where someone was able to breech security. And yes - I know this. Random PC's are sporadically monitored and one of the first I setup, I just took out of service. The MD5 checksums on each of the PC's were IDENTICAL (excluding documents and settings, as a couple of the programs write cache files there - but thats it). I've seen people try and get in...but they give up.

Then again - if you looked at them, you would not be able to easily tell that the OS was windows.


Jwobot

join:2002-08-14
Sterling Heights, MI
reply to krayzie bone
Also saves the heavy load of books that kids carry in their backpack.

Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL
reply to fcisler
said by fcisler:

If the school cannot lock down the PC's....well....that's another story.

some school software does not work with locked down pcs.


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reply to fcisler
said by fcisler:

They did away with a textbook.....they didn't say the content.

I remember in senior year - two textbooks I received had a piece of paper in the inside "Take this code and go to (url here) to download a PDF of this textbook!" along with a code on it.

If the content is the same.....why not use a laptop?

If the school cannot lock down the PC's....well....that's another story.

In my building there are 200+ PC's set aside for complete public use. They are locked down so tight that in the 3+ years - there has not been one incident where someone was able to breech security. And yes - I know this. Random PC's are sporadically monitored and one of the first I setup, I just took out of service. The MD5 checksums on each of the PC's were IDENTICAL (excluding documents and settings, as a couple of the programs write cache files there - but thats it). I've seen people try and get in...but they give up.

Then again - if you looked at them, you would not be able to easily tell that the OS was windows.
The difference is the level of skill in the IT department. A lot of public school districts just don't have the money to hire in a good IT person to lock the systems down, regulate them, clean them, and perform preventative maintenance on them. Laptops require a lot more maintenance than a textbook does and last time I checked, textbooks are cheaper to make.

As a techie, the idea of laptops for all students sounds great. However, as a network and systems admin, it is a nightmare to implement a system like that. One thing is for certain, if I had a child, they would have a laptop when they got into middle/high school.
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