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"where's my laptop Sir?"

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Today was the first year 9 Multimedia lesson of the term. Before I had opened the door to the room came the chorus, “where’s my laptop Sir?”.

Fair enough question form a group of students who have been kept in the loop since the laptop announcement. ┬áThe answer, “I am not sure. I can say you should have them by terms end.”

From this point my planned lesson had disappeared. The┬ástudents attention quickly moved to the right off my Toshiba laptop, to what was quickly coined the ‘lunchbox’. I opened the lunch box to reveal the DER netbook to varying reaction. Most students were relived to finally see one of their promised laptops in the flesh. But as expected there were the doubters, with the cynical response of ‘why bother with that’.

For a large portion of the lesson I demonstrated the netbooks software and capabilities with the aid of my projector. For the last part of the lesson students took turns checking out the DER netbook for themselves, while I answered the many questions…

  • is it wireless?
  • will the Internet work at home?
  • does it have blue tooth?
  • will the Internet be blocked at home?
  • can I add limewire?
  • does it have MSN?
  • what games does it come with?, and so on.

The only school related questions were, ‘do we have to use it everyday?’ and ‘will we use it in every class?’

At the end of the lesson the kids had made the decision that I will spend 1 to 2 lessons showing them how all the software works and which classes will be best to use them. The only complaint about the DER netbooks that all the students could agree on was the annoyance of the scrolling screen (which bugs me to).

As most of the literature around 1 to 1 laptop classroom’s point out, the students are ready and chances are the first time they come to your class laptop equiped, it will be out, opened and running, awaiting your first laptop lesson.

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July 31st, 2009 at 9:33 am

Roll out laptop fixes???

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Having finally logged on to my laptop and comissioned 20 others, I can tell you all that the previously advised fixes from DET have not worked.

Not sure why but they will have to wait 2 weeks. Seems a bit silly that all updates can only be acquired through the DET ISP. [There probably is no other way]

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July 10th, 2009 at 11:30 am

DER laptops are go!!!!

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By accident today I started my laptop and left it alone connected to the server. Half an hour later I logged on and…… it worked, loaded my desktop and away I went.

Soon after the call went out to all the T1 roll out staff and we were away. Out of 25 machines 1 was stuffed out of the box, 1 did not follow the commissioning process so its a dud until the TSO arrives, 1 has the same log in issues from the first day and the rest were acquired very enthusiastically in a short period of time.

It is going to take a while I believe for folks to familiarise themselves with these machines. The tiny screen not to many are used to plus the applications on them. Another factor will be not to many people have experience with windows vista and windows 7 works and looks very similar.

I would like to here from others and there DER roll out experience.

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July 10th, 2009 at 8:18 am

The cloud is coming……..

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Well the cloud is coming and faster then I first thought.

Google today announced that it will be delivering a new OS [Operating System] to the world next year. The Google Chrome OS [Google’s official blog] will be delivered via the Google Chrome browser. The concept is that all your applications and files will be on the cloud [Internet]. The Chrome OS will be open-source and standard on some netbooks from the middle of next year.

Has the DET backed the right pony??

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July 8th, 2009 at 9:35 am

I got my DER laptop today

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I commissioned my DER laptop earlier today. The whole commission process was a breeze, the little box even knew I was a teacher. The problem was when it restarted. I entered my details and a little red x appeared with some explanatory text. I tried a couple of different things without success. My little laptop was null.

Off to the help-desk, I have to say it was the fastest IT help-desk response I have ever had. After my explanation I was instructed to try a different user name and password without success. So the first two laptops commissioned at my school have this little error and the help-desk will get back to us asap. The parting comfort given was your not only ones.

Has anyone else experienced this problem???

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July 8th, 2009 at 7:20 am