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Karen Hellyer
Digital Arts Teacher

Teaching Lab vs. one-to-one Laptop Management: What works for you?

Greetings all,

We are feeling some tension between laptop vs. teaching lab Mac management and I'm wondering how your school "does it"? Currently, we provide students their own PC laptop for the duration of their high school career. The site licensed Adobe CC software is installed on their machines. Additionally, I teach in a Mac Lab with 27" iMacs, and have multiple user accounts configured so students in different classes have their own user account on the Mac. Our tech office hasn't figured out how to allow for automatic Adobe CC updates, and we don't use Adobe cloud. Is this the best practice going forward, or can you think of a better way to do this? What works for you?

Thanks for sharing your experience!
Karen

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Micheal Stoodley

Posted on 8/9/18 2:00:08 AM Permalink

​We run a lab with rock solid AIO desktops. Students use BYOD Chromebooks, which simplifies tech support. I download a package on to several portable drives, copy to and install the PCs that way, updates are few and far between. If it isn't broken, we don't fix it, but generally do a clean install, with a fresh package at the beginning of the school year. I see that the console has changed a bit and there is a remote install service, but we haven't gone there. However we use device licenses, not user licenses... so no cloud stuff. Labs are solid, desktops more reliable and robust. Works for us.

4 Portable drives, and server share over the network (but only one downloading at a time).

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