Archive | April 2015

Hardware and Education, a Guide (a Very Loose Guide) Part 1

I once remarked in one of my ITED courses that computing with small processing power was good for education. Government refurbished computers and netbooks would be ideal for students. As I have spent more years in instructional technology, I’ve found that certain things may have been “blocking my view” regarding that assumption.

  1. Operating system requirements and updates
  2. Security program needs (required background applications hogging memory)
  3. Video requirements
  4. The sheer need for students to develop things other than basic text or image-rich materials
  5. The need for instructors to develop things things other than basic text or image-rich materials

Today, things are getting more-CPU (central processing unit-computer’s brain) intensive. Systems are being required to do more things. Not only are students instant-messaging one another, collaborating on a document, and receiving a tutorial on a social media site, but they are those all together. Having YouTube, Word, Skype, and other programs open all at once aren’t nice on an Intel Core 2 Duo machine.

At the Law Library, we’ve installed larger GPUs (graphics processing unit-see above just applies to graphics) on our machines (to accommodate for a new interactive tutorial software), and even those lack some days.