Building a smarter computing culture in Fargo, ND
We’ve been using Sugar on a Stick (SoaS) for almost two years now in after school programs, and generally its performance has been acceptable. I wouldn’t want to be a classroom teachers with 20+ kids trying to make it work, but 12 kids in an after school program is doable. When a stick fails, we just swap it out and give the student a new one. Occasionally, a student would get two that failed, and become frustrated, but in a 45 minute session, that isn’t the end of the world.
Today, we had so many failures we lost track. We only had 10 kids, 6 sticks working (at least initially), and eventually 8 worked with two kids doubling up. We also had to break out 2 laptops because part of the failure seems to be related to the desktops we are using, but even the success-fail rates with the desktops are totally random. Computers that worked fine last week didn’t work this week. Computers that did not work last week did work this week. I suppose the logical thing to do in order to track success and fail rates is to put the same sticks in the same computers every week.
I am just wondering who is using SoaS on a regular basis in a school or after school setting, is it similarly problematic in other settings, or are we doing something wrong with our imaging of sticks?