The Rest of Yesterday

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My lack of posts after Session 3 makes it look like I didn’t go to anything in the afternoon.  No, I wasn’t sitting by the pool!  I actually hit a few different things, but I seemed to pick all of the wrong sessions.  Nothing really wet palette.  However, there was one thing that had me salivating – John Patten’s Asus Eee PC.

If you listened to the most recent episode of the EdTechClassroom podcast, then you know that John is planning on rolling out a new 1:1 laptop program with his 5th grade students and teachers in the Sylvan District.  To keep costs down they are using a very innovative laptop called the Asus Eee PC.  Depending on how you have these dandy-looking computers specked out they run anywhere from $300-$500.  The computers run either Linux or Microsoft XP and seem quite robust.  John is looking at a Linux version (as would I) and I was amazed at all of the standard features.  The Linux Eee PC comes preloaded with an open source programs (71 I believe) including a productivity suite (MS Office like), sound recorder, games (some educational), Freemind, Stellarium, and Skype just to name a few.  Check out the complete list here.  The Eee PC also comes with a built-in 1.3 mega pixel camera.

Now I am going to have to put one of these on my Christmas list…or maybe my Halloween list.  :-)

Joe

Photo: ASUS Eee PC by Dimenticato on Flickr

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