Do you have those little things tucked away in the back of your mind that other people don’t find particularly annoying but which drive you almost over the brink?
This picture illustrates of one of mine.
First, laptops are about twice the cost of desktops (at least these are), have smaller screens, hobbled graphics, a shorter life span, and less power* over all.
Which is fine since being able to carry around the power they do have, far beyond what was available even five years ago, makes up for all that.
However, lining them up on tables and locking them down totally and completely defeats the whole concept of wireless, portable computing and communications.
Of being able to use the machines wherever and whenever learning occurs, not just in this contrived, regimented space.
I suppose the situation that will send me completely over the cliff is when (and I’m afraid it will be when, not if) I walk into a similar room and find iPads or other tablets in place of the laptops.
While I’m complaining about computer labs, that wall down the middle of the room stands out as another stupid feature built into the labs in most of our schools.
One more element of the space that inhibits collaboration, and almost all other interactions between students.
And the interactive whiteboard at the front of the room? That’s a long rant for another day.
*Although not very much less power. Certainly not enough for most people to worry about.