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Needing help with commercial line for highschools.

Started by ikeeki, December 23, 2013, 10:22:28 am

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ikeeki

Hello everybody.
I'd like to ask you for advice on how to present cubieboards for long term IT proyects for schools and highschools.
There are projects with much more expensive devices running well right now (see http://www.attendis.com/Attendis/noticia.php?entorno=1&id=16620 )  Any comment will be welcome.

boulderhead

Well, here's my view on this idea. If you want to present it to schools, you need to find a way to make it polished and locked-down. I.e. so that the kids can use it, but they can't fiddle with it too much. Otherwise it'll break every 2 seconds, and it would become a support headache for the teachers.

So it needs to work out of the box, and be reliable. And for the more advanced children, you can throw in some Linux software development.

So a framework would need to be put in place that offers the device all setup, and also offers support with it. Once you have such framework, and you can offer the device at a lower price than an iPad, you're probably in! =)

At the end of the day, technology for technology's sake doesn't sell in big numbers. The only way you will get 'normal' users to accept technology, is if it works out of the box. And it has nice feature. Android is probably your best bet here, as it's already pretty polished and works really well on the cubietruck. Linux may be a bit too much of a pain, because watching videos and youtube and all that still doesn't work properly.