Computers are aging as school funds dwindle

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Keeping it running: Diana Dittmar, micro computer technician, takes apart a laptop to repair Wednesday at the Chambersburg Area School District offices.
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Former Chambersburg Girl

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Sep 2, 2010
 
Dabadoo wrote:
Make it work. There are schools all over the nation that don't even have computers. I think we'll be alright.
really, where? name a few districts that have "no" computers
Former Chambersburg Girl

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Chris wrote:
Most freshmen entering college this year can not write in cursive. Some can barely read. Why did we get a better education before computers and without so many administrators?
have not noticed anyone getting into college that can "barely read" in fact it seems SAT score requirements and GPA requirements have gotten tougher since I started college 20 years ago...where is your info from?
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Chris wrote:
Most freshmen entering college this year can not write in cursive. Some can barely read. Why did we get a better education before computers and without so many administrators?
why does one need to be able to write in cursive? who cares? not like writing in cursive is the key to curing cancer.
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Former Chambersburg Girl wrote:
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have not noticed anyone getting into college that can "barely read" in fact it seems SAT score requirements and GPA requirements have gotten tougher since I started college 20 years ago...where is your info from?
Where is yours ? You are the one who challenged the post...

Put up or shut up!
the system sucks

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Sep 3, 2010
 
Dave wrote:
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How many of those kids don't know how to hook a horse up to a wagon!!!
Computers provide the opportunity for more learning better teaching. The time I spent in college writing papers by hand, scratch outs, crumpled paper, & then pecking it out on a typewriter. The same task done on a computer in one quarter of the time. Same thought process - no tedious steps.
Are you the same Dave that was opposed to cyber school?
the system sucks

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Sep 3, 2010
 
idiot wrote:
well our agency had computers it wanted to GIVE away to a school and couldn't find anyone that wanted them. They were perfectly good computers at least 20 of them the schools around here didn't want them. yeah lets go squander more tax payer's money to buy computers and not take the ones offered free!


Try the autism school. They would be ecstatic if you provided them with computers. The one i know of still runs windows 98 because its all they have.
the system sucks

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Do you guys notice that every CASD story is a pity story about funding? We are supposed to feel compelled to offer more tax money?
Erin

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idiot wrote:
well our agency had computers it wanted to GIVE away to a school and couldn't find anyone that wanted them. They were perfectly good computers at least 20 of them the schools around here didn't want them. yeah lets go squander more tax payer's money to buy computers and not take the ones offered free!
You can't have a bunch of odd computers at the school district. They will cost more to maintain with parts than they are worth.

And making a mix bag of computers work with all the different programs is next to impossible also.
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Vince

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Do you guys notice that every CASD story is a pity story about funding? We are supposed to feel compelled to offer more tax money?
Yes and it is always a "surprise" and urgent. Who could ever have seen this coming? Why budget for it when they can just increase taxes. I don't know how retired folks keep their houses.
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Why not cut the teachers pay and benefits to pay for new computers??????
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Mar 29, 2011
 
thedocfromrock wrote:
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Yeah exactly, it all comes down to money. Virtualization is the future, and many companies are realising that now. Shame its taken so long to for them to realise this. Theres still plenty of companies out there that don't want to invest and are happy to stay with old tech.
Agree on Virtualization.

But, lets not blur lines here - you CAN run newer software/technology on older hardware. Anything with a processor over 1Ghz and supports at least 750MB of RAM is perfectly fine for any academic pursuit.

Laptops are the biggest waste of taxpayer money. Terrible from factor. They break too easily and are subject to overheating.(people think they can leave them on the bed or couch - WRONG). And dont even get me started on Macintosh!

I'd rather spend money for an IT guy with a clue - over the latest whiz-bang hardware. Harddrives and Power Supplies (really the only things that break in 'puters) are cheap and easily replaced.

Teach COMPUTING...LOGIC...and PROBLEM SOLVING...not how to buy the latest product.

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