Microsoft Windows 7 is hitting the shops from today. What are the implications for classroom ICT?
Merlin John’s education and ICT blog includes a report on a Microsoft white paper on the results of trialling the new operating system in several schools. Worthwhile reading their findings and downloading the report but one comment does standout: Windows 7 slashes power bills enough to pay for a new junior member of staff.
Twynham School in Dorset reckons it will see a £20,000+ reduction in its annual power bill through deploying Windows 7. There’s no explanation in the article but perhaps it reflects how the new OS is designed to run on newer generations of netbooks that are more energy efficient? Be great to find out more.
But, you have to question how much Windows 7 alone will bring down IT-related energy bills. The real problem of energy greedy ICT lies in the wasteful power consumption and heat output of traditional desk-top PCs. A new OS isn’t going to fix this. Look at the experience of those schools who moved away from traditional PC desktop hardware entirely – while giving teachers and students getting the same, if not better access to PC applications and data – to find harder evidence of cost savings from new classroom ICT that is inherently more energy efficient, reliable and easier to maintain and manage long-term.