2 Why Netbooks? Compact (fit easily in a school bag) Light weight (less than 1.5 Kg)Very long battery life (up to 9.5 hours)Same interface and software as the school machinesSupport for a multitude of parental control softwareCheaper than more powerful laptopsMuch easier and cheaper to repair than tablets or pads
3 Why not iPads?CostLack of compatibility with existing student workstationsLack of compatibility with school softwareLimited expansion portsCost of alternative softwareOur trials have suggested though they are excellent for viewing information they are much less useful for producing school work without costly augmentations.
4 Why not Android based pads? Has limited educational software availableNetwork capability is limited and specifically struggles with educational filtering and security systems Guilsborough has in place for online safetySecurity and parental control software is almost nonexistentThis type of device is still very new and relatively untested in educational environments
5 Why not laptops? Good value laptops tend to be heavierhave much shorter battery lifeproduce much more heatbe more cumbersomeLaptops that are compact, fast and have a long battery life are prohibitively expensive and are very likely to get damaged in a school environment
6 Why purchase through us? Installation and configuration provided, tailored to the school’s environment including software for the duration of the schemeContinued support from the Guilsborough School technical departmentAccess to loan units while repairs, virus clearances and insurance or warranty claims take place (There will 75 available )Use of the school’s software at no extra cost during your participation in the scheme
7 Toshiba NB510-11U Intel® Atom™ processor N2600 Toshiba TruBrite® WSVGA TFT High Brightness display with LED backlighting and 16 : 9 aspect ratio320 GB2,048 (1x) MB DDR3 RAM (800 MHz)Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3650maximum life : up to 9h00min (Mobile Mark™ 2007)weight : 1.41 kgW x D x H : x x 13.6 (front) / 34.7 (rear) mm
8 Why this model?Toshiba has probably the best reliability record and build quality of any netbook manufacturer at the momentThis model has an access panel for the hard drive, memory and wireless card to make repairs, diagnostics, backups and cloning easierWe are a certified Toshiba self-maintainer allowing us to affect repairs onsite in a timely efficient fashionThis will be the third year we have run a derivative of this series of netbook and we are confident it runs the applications needed to support our syllabusOur technicians are familiar with the units and can solve common issues faster
9 What is the minimum spec of an alternative? It is hard to define because performance is not simply about hardware specification, but as a guide:1024 X 600 resolution1.5GHz dual core processor or equivalent1GB RAM50GB free hard drive space8 hour battery life
10 If I buy my own netbook what software do I need? Essentially you can achieve much of the work in most subjects with Microsoft Office 2010 or above only, but we would strongly recommend you invest in antivirus and antimalware software and a suitable online safety tool such as Netintelligence to keep your child safe. We do use allot more software than this, but the full software suite would be very expensive and incredibly difficult to obtain outside of the main scheme and much of the software wouldn’t be used once your child leaves us.
11 What other considerations are there if I buy my own netbook? Insurance - full accidental damage cover is advisedSoftware compatibilityConfiguration and support – We will still try and assist, but we won’t be able to go far with hardware issues or software licensing problems
12 What other than the netbook is included in the price? provisioning adequate protection from repair costs through both insurance and extended warranty cover at RRP these would cost £50 and £40 respectivelyConfiguring the netbook to keep your child safe online through the Netintelligence suite that would normally retail at £50 this enables you to control your child’s access to the internet selecting the types of websites they can access, files they can download and times they can go online. Further to that the units are configured so you can control what software your child can install. This is done by controlling the account permissions and pre-installing the majority of the educational software, antivirus and spyware protection, security updates and patches and also configuring the units to automatically maintain and update that protection.
13 What other than the netbook is included in the price? (continued…) As the units are pre-prepared with everything your child needs for learning here at Guilsborough they won’t have delays and difficulties changing settings and installing software to get going. This uniformity also allows us to provide loan units on the spot when your child’s netbook has issues that will take time to resolve. Units they will be familiar with and able to keep working on as seamlessly as possible.Support from staff recruited to support you with any issues arising during the scheme.
14 How did we reach our price? Unit£237.01Warranty£12.63Repair scheme contribution£50(Additional £32 contribution from school and staff time included free of charge.)Parental control software£27Total Ex Vat£326.64Total inc VAT£391.97Final total cost for Toshiba machine to parents/carers £391.97For those of you that wish to keep the netbooks at the end of the scheme will have an additional charge of £10 for transfer of ownership.
15 What Are Our Plans Going Forward? We are researching heavily down two avenues to try and reduce costs, increase compatibility and enhance freedom of choice with regard to devices used for school work concentrating on two areas:Tablets, browser compatibility and online or ‘cloud based’ softwareVirtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
16 Tablets and Online Software We are currently trialling a number of Mac, Android, Linux and Windows tablets and browsers in an effort to improve support and identify potential future devices for the scheme In conjunction to this we’re exploring changes to our VLE and web based software to support the emerging HTML5 content which is much more supportive of tablet browser technologies.
17 VDI and Virtual Applications Principally VDIs are frameworks to enable remote devices (PCs, laptops, tablets, phones) to connect to a virtual desktop where software can be run using the resources of host servers and in turn enabling the remote devices to be both diverse (varied operating systems, manufacturers and architectures) and lower performance and therefore hopefully cheaper. Virtual Applications are much the same, but involve running a particular program remotely rather than the whole desktop.