[Offtopic] 1:1 and the future of Computer Labs [Scanned] [Spam score:9%]

Timothy Kitchen TKitchen at strathcona.vic.edu.au
Wed Jun 19 10:30:22 EST 2013

Interesting discussion

At Strathcona we are still about 2 years away from being fully iPad & BYOD but we are still committed to at least 1 high end multimedia lab of desktops in the future. We will stick with iMacs because they are able to run both Windows and MAC OS.

We are currently still running 4 desktop labs (all iMacs & dual boot) and at least 1 class set of MacBooks (Pros & Airs) per year level prep to 12 (again all dual boot).

My experience of seeing the "Multimedia Industry" in action in both small and large companies is a mix of both Windows based and Apple computers. In many cases, Final Cut Pro was the big reason the video industry were committed to Apple computers but since the introduction of Final Cut Pro X many are turning to Premier Pro and Avid which can run on both systems.

Strathcona's Mac's tend to be used on the Windows side about 65% of the time. Ever since Intel & Apple joined forces, I've been encouraging schools to seriously consider bringing in iMacs & Macbooks and duel booting or vitalising them so that the students can be familiar with both systems before they head off to a university or workplace environment that may prefer one system over the other.

Hope this helps


Tim Kitchen
Strathcona BGGS (for 1.5 more weeks)

On 18/06/2013, at 6:57 PM, Andrew Shortell wrote:

Hi Andrew

>From an industry point of view many graphic "artists " use macs. They are just easier and more reliable for NON computer geeks who do not love 'peering under the bonnet and interfering with the machine'

Obviously a Mac lab in a windows server environment requires knowledgable techs otherwise it is difficult.
At my daughter's school they use mac minis in the graphics/multimedia lab. SSDs because files are not permanently stored locally.

Specialist IT lab needs to run Java or VB or some such and it is good for students to see that there is no silly bias to one platform or another.
And what does one run in teh music lab? Dual boot? Stuff that uses MIDI?
On what platform does one do the mixing? Do you move to different labs to do differ things?

Etc... At the school at which I work we are looking at three specialist labs Media, Vis Com, IT and a small group of music machines and a couple of machines for CAD/CAM/design in teh tech area.
And the SYOM model (like BYOD except it is spend your own money)

Good luck


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On 18/06/2013, at 3:20 PM, Roland Gesthuizen <rgesthuizen at gmail.com<mailto:rgesthuizen at gmail.com>> wrote:

Each to his own I guess. We are a 1:1 netbook school too, pulled apart the old labs sold the gear off to interested staff and students. Starting our 2014 year 7 intake with 1:1 iPads (year 8  following) .. Our talented tech did a great job setting up a new iMac lab for the arts area. Very exciting times to be teaching in.

Regards Roland

Roland Gesthuizen | eLearning Leader
Keysborough College DEECD

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On 18/06/2013, at 3:13 PM, WEIR Andrew <andrew.weir at thomascarr.vic.edu.au<mailto:andrew.weir at thomascarr.vic.edu.au>> wrote:

Dear all,
As some of you may be aware we are a 1:1 Ipad School with computer labs as well.

I am interested to hear from schools on the 1:1 journey in relation to what they are doing with the ex-lease or end of line computer labs.
We will always have some labs for subjects but the number is reducing as devices improve.

At this point in time we are able to keep our current computers for at least another year as they were purchased rather than leased but thinking strategically, “What’s Next?”

I am also looking at what other schools are doing in relation to Media, Digital Arts  and Video editing based subjects, we have a series of IMAC labs that will eventually need to be replaced and am interested if Macs truly are “industry standard” or is it more the ability to use the software such as Premier, Photoshop, AVID that is more significant?

I have sourced info myself from my non-teaching networks but feel that in the MAC / PC ,“Industry Standard” argument I may be biased in my opinion.
So I am interested in the opinions of others so that I can take the information back to the rest of our technology team.


Andrew Weir
Head Of Learning eLearning
Thomas Carr College


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