Lab model vs. standalone computers
saddingt at csusb.edu
Tue Feb 28 21:17:29 UTC 2006
I read parts of the Cookbook, and have some questions about the part
on setting up a lab.
At my university, the computer lab model (thin client and server)
doesn't work too well. I teach math, not programming, so I don't need
to use the computers all the time. Space for labs and scheduling
become problems: reserve time in the lab (which is often in a
different building), get all the students to remember to go there,
not the usual classroom, etc. And many, if not most, of the students
have a (desktop) computer at home. I assign computer homework sometimes.
I'm thinking of trying to get funding for a mobile computer lab
consisting of a rolling card of laptops. This way every classroom can
become a computer lab. And the university has thought about requiring
students to buy their own laptops in the future, so that labs aren't
even required anymore. (This won't happen too soon---we're a working
class public university, and our governor, a film star named Arnold
you may have heard of, keeps increasing student fees.)
Any comments on using Edubuntu in this type of setup? Use the Live
CDs, or hand out install CDs to everyone? Maybe this could go into
the cookbook, too.
On Feb 28, 2006, at 12:20 PM, jelkner at divmod.com wrote:
> Since you mentioned an interest in documentation, I wanted to let
> you know about the Edubuntu Cookbook at:
saddingt at csusb.edu, susan.addington at earthlink.net
Math Department, California State University, San Bernardino
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