Originally posted by Matsu
Amorph, I don't think the LCD was more than a passing concern. Last elementary school that I visited has LCD's on all their new machines, plenty of CRTs around too (on older machines) no macs... Could it be price? (and pedagogy?)
Who knows? If the LCDs were new, perhaps someone's about to find out the hard way why Apple's edu solution has a CRT.
There are a lot of former corporate IT types moving into edu, and they're bringing their habits with them.
I really think that the question is more one of money, than of durability. Though, initially, durability may have been a concern, it has subsided as far as I can see. Money, however, remains an ever-present consideration.
I think money overrides
questions of durability when push comes to shove, especially among people who imagine that there's something magical about putting computers in classrooms.
I've also noticed, in coverage of major switches to Windows, that in many cases the Apple rep didn't even know the decision had been deliberated on or reached, so the cost issue might boil down to some IT guy telling the superintended that "Macs are overpriced." Apple bids aggressively, and they have outbid Dell on contracts before. Of course, they're not going to win every
bid, but I think the more general problem is that they're not even being given the chance to try.