My students now know the routine. When they cannot access the wifi internet or the school network, it’s time to get the post-it note, scribble a message and put the MacBook aside.
I still don’t really understand the premise of purchasing MacBooks when they are used for anything but Mac-enabled software etc. We have three stations with Macs in our learning unit. There are fourteen laptops in each station. Yet never are there fourteen laptops functioning properly. The Mac interface does not connect to our school server or the WWW. The technician has placed a Windows interface on the machines so they can be used as PCs. This means the students can now connect to the internet but not always smoothly.
I still wonder…what were the original intentions behind purchasing MacBooks? Why didn’t we just order a bunch of Lenovo laptops if it was Windows we could only connect with? I have no strong ties to either. I just want machines that we can rely upon so students have the opportunity to investigate a range of software and web 2.0 tools without hitting obstacles that are out of their hands. So many of my lessons are ‘best laid plans…’ situations with this predicament.
Are you a school with one machine ‘masquerading’ as another?
I can’t help but think that the school purchased MacBooks just because they looked good in all the “21st Century Learning” promotional material.
Author’s Note: The spelling error was not mine but a real student example from today.