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NewsForge: Brandon Elementary Transformed by K12LTSP

Jul 20, 2006, 15:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"Two parent volunteers at an Atlanta district school have revolutionized technology use there by replacing Windows workstations with Linux on thin clients, using K12LTSP.

"Daniel Howard and William Fragakis were spending too much time fixing 'broken' computers at Brandon Elementary School. They were slow, frequently frozen, and 'fraught with hardware, software, and malware issues. We would hear over and over again, 'our computer doesn't work anymore,'' Howard says, 'and it takes hours to reinstall the operating system or figure out what driver got corrupted by what virus.' Students weren't learning how to use the computers because frustrated teachers weren't including computer work in their lesson plans. 'What we discovered is that teachers were really using [the computers] only for browsing and office applications.' The school didn't have enough money to upgrade Windows 98 or aging hardware, and Howard and Fragakis were working many hours just to keep the school's technology afloat..."

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