So the loose plans for the week are for us to, as a class, begin to look at the new computers we are going to purchase and put into the new Upper School Lab. I will start collecting and posting different vendors and materials we can look at. I am hoping that by the end of the week we will be able to contact the companies and start the ball rolling on the new tech.
Some ideas that we will be looking at are going to be the basic ideas, like do we custom build or do we go package? What CPU should be look at based on the needs of the school and the tech class? What kind of video cards should we be concerned about? Do we want on board or stand alone video cards? What kind of RAM will we need and how much? Why do we need that number for the RAM? What screen size is effective based on the size of the area we have and students we have? What software should we be looking at and what does it mean for licensing agreements?
There will always be more questions, but as a class we are going to collectively put in our inputs to increase the effectiveness of the new lab.
The last class of the week will be used to research and subscribe to multiple websites in your Google Reader. We will be working with Google Reader next week so everyone needs to have a reader that has some content in it. Minimum 5 websites (2 must be based on technology).