So, here is something I have been playing around with on my lunch breaks (I mean, what else would you do?)
Our school, and many like it, are moving completely into the use of Google Apps for Education and it got me thinking about the stuff we currently use.
All our students will be using Google Apps for Education exclusively for their email, docs, etc and will have iPads for a lot of their other resource creation like video, audio, apps and more.
So, what do we need a PC for? We have a bunch of old desktop PC’s that are getting a bit sluggish, but you can easily change all that. With our current Windows desktops we are paying for a Windows license, Office license, have to have a server for students to store their work and more. Now, Ubuntu is a free operating system that works very fast, built on Linux it is very Mac OS X like in its appearance. As our students will be using Google Apps for Education they will have access to docs for their work, and drive for their storage so no need for any servers or expensive software (let’s just hope the internet doesn’t go down)
So, if you have any old machines around, or don’t want to invest in a bunch of new ones when your students will be using Google Apps for Education as their main platform, Ubuntu with Google Chrome installed is an option.
I ran a quick test on two of our very old desktops, one running Windows 7 and one running Ubuntu. Check it out below.