Is this the future of education: the micro PC.

Listening to the Business Week Technology in Review of the FlipStart, I simply had to stop folding laundry and blog.

This little device has a 5 hour battery life and wifi access built in along with a regular keyboard (albeit a little smaller than regular). You can really do just about anything on this little gizmo, write, research, surf.

The drawbacks according to the podcast: the Windows interface design isn’t great for anything smaller than a 12″ display — this one has a 5 1/2 inch display however using the zoom feature with web pages seems to be quite nice.

In terms of category, this device sits somewhere in between the Smart Phone and the Laptop Computer.

I think the future will rest in the hand of our students!

However, I still think that such devices will somehow interface via wi fi with full sized projected keyboards (see image) and the super-thin monitors (see image) that could be built literally into student desks.


And yes, that is a real, fujitsu monitor!

OK, back to laundry!

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7 thoughts on “Is this the future of education: the micro PC.

  1. Hi Vicki,

    Not that it’s directly related but yesterday I had a virtual conversation with somebody about the heavy weight of backpacks. The person hoped that computers would soon replace textbooks so that kids could carry less. We certainly have the technology for this, when are we going to do it?

    Andrew Pass
    http://www.pass-ed.com/blogger.html

  2. This devide cought my attention. I don’t think is would be very useful for large amounts of data entry because of the small keyboard. But who knows, younger users are pretty fast and entering data with just their thumbs! If the device could be attached to a projector, it would be great for presentations where you are mostly showing premade data or sites. Time will tell.

  3. Amazing how quickly things are changing. This makes the Palm Pilot I use look old fashioned and quaint… and those around me think I’m high tech. If I showed up with this one they would think I just stepped out of The Matrix!

  4. I have been using both a Sony UX micro PC and Sony TX laptop for a yea now in my teaching. I think the Sony UX 90 I have is even more advanced than the flipstart since it has 1 gb of ram compared to 512 with the flipstart. And it ihas a 32 gb solid state drive (not a hard drive, no moving parts, complete flash memory). I combine them with projectors, white boards and a mimio and I no longereven use a blackboard.

  5. Personally i think future of education is online education so we should now more focus on
    it.

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