PC hardware forum: Which Device for Teachers

by: tyelford November 26, 2013 9:15 PM PST

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Which Device for Teachers

by tyelford - 11/26/13 9:15 PM

HI there,
I am looking to ask a question on a very specific subject. I currently work at a high school as the systems administrator. We are trying to decide which devices that our teaching staff are going to use in the next academic year.
What I am trying to get is some unbiased facts or even possibly some people that have had experience with this same problem.
There are two main players in my problem, one of which is trying to push one device and the other a different device and it is going to start a large **** fight of opinion and controversy. I'll lay out what we currently have and then the two proposals

Current Setup:
- All teachers have a desktop PC on their desk, which are quite old and need to be replaced running Windows of some form
- In each classroom is another desktop PC of better quality all are running Windows 7
- The PC's in the classrooms are connected to a monitor and a projector via a video output switcher where you can have both displayed or one at a time
- Teachers are given iPads to use, which can connect to school emails and file servers
- iPads can be displayed on all PC's via a reflection application
- All Servers are Windows based with the exception of 2 Mac Servers

Proposal 1 - Microsoft Surface Pro
Ideas:
- Each teacher will be given a Microsoft Surface Pro
- Will replace desktop PC on teachers desk with docking station, connected to external monitor, mouse keyboard etc
- Will also replace classroom PC. With the idea that a wireless receiver will be used for the projector. A docking station will also be available in the classroom.
- Teachers will be able to bring Surface Pro Home each night and connect to school remotely

Proposal 2 - Apple Mack Book Pro
Ideas:
- Each teacher will be given a Mac Book Pro
- Will replace desktop PC on teachers desk by itself, no external connections
- Will also replace classroom PC. With the idea that an Apple TV is connected to the projector for wireless desktop reflection
- Teachers will be able to take MBP home each night and connect to school remotely
- Will also introduce the option of either Boot Camp or Desktop Virtualization of a windows environment if needed on the MBP

If anyone has any ideas or experiences on this subject matter it would be great. Personally I am neutral and think that both sides have a valid argument and will happily support either. I am not trying to start an Apple vs Windows debate or bashing of either just looking for some facts because they seem to be very hard to find.

Thank you
Tyson

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