Sharing the Responsibility

Another set of finals completed today in the Upper School. The big English/Humanities final took place at 9 to 11 a.m. this morning. During that time, 110 school computers were in use, and 101 laptops brought from home. Our informal survey found that approximately 58% of the home laptops were PCs, and 42% were Macs.

Our total number was a bit lower than the December finals– because the seniors are gone on their rafting trip. Technically, we had no significant problems. My main involvement was to show up early and reset our Upper School wireless access points so that they were all running smoothly. Students who weren’t set up to print mostly emailed documents to themselves or the faculty. A handful borrowed jump drives to move the files and print them.

Thinking back on the Internet problem last week, we know how stressful maintaining major deployments can be. We already know what it is like to maintain the 110 student systems used today in the US, and having to own and support a 100 more wouldn’t be easy. With the students today caring for their own systems, the load on us was only incrementally higher in terms of helping them. Having a “dispersed” responsibility structure can make sense.

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