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