“We are very excited about this batch [of computers],” he stated, explaining that these laptops address shortcomings of the machines distributed in the initial first deployment in June. “We have loaded it, at least initially with an alternate operating system – Edubuntu which is directed very specifically at educational institutions.”
The MSI U270 netbooks distributed last week to fourth and fifth form students in St. Kitts and Nevis under Government’s One-to-One Laptop Project is specially formatted to facilitate self-paced learning, said the government official.
According to a release from the government, Herbert recently gave a demonstrated to their information service, outlining the capabilities of the machines which boast a dual core processor, 2GB of RAM, 320 GB hard drive, 3 USB ports, SD Card slot and VGA and HDMI inputs along with a 12.1 inch screen display.
Mr. Herbert added that the use of the laptops must be in line with the empowerment thrust of Government to transform
the learning environment by enhancing teaching techniques and technological tools.
The MSI U270 netbooks were preloaded with a variety of educational software suites covering mathematics, science and geography.
Math was an obvious choice given the efforts of the local Government to improve math scores which has generally been at unacceptable levels in St. Kitts and Nevis and in other territories across the Caribbean Region.
“Some of the [applications] … speak to geometry as well as algebra,” he disclosed. “They allow students to plot graphs and derive equations from the lines that are plotted. There are applications that allow for solutions of algebraic equations and it’s not just a matter of solving the equations but it allows them to learn the process of solving the equations.”
Mr. Herbert encouraged the students and their parents to ensure that the netbooks are kept in good condition. He revealed that any issues should be reported immediately to the appropriate authority at the respective schools or the Department of Technology.