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.