Low Cost Computing – Netbook as a Bridge for the Digital Divide?
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Chan, T., Movafaghi, S., Collins, J.S. & Pournaghshband, H. (2010). Low Cost Computing – Netbook as a Bridge for the Digital Divide?. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2010 (pp. 449-450). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (ELEARN) 2010
Orlando, Florida, USA
October 18, 2010
Jaime Sanchez & Ke Zhang
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Netbook are mini-laptop computers designed for mobility, online access and general office applications. Research firm Gartner predicted that 2009 will be “the year of netbook”. Shipment in the Asia Pacific region is expected to grow by 82% from last year, and accounts for 14% of all laptop shipment by 2011. Netbooks are very popular with consumers. Educators are too experimenting with these devices. Some schools are issuing netbooks for faculty and staff while traveling, accessing the school’s servers via Virtual Private Networks (VPN), using cloud computing to run applications, negating the need for expensive laptops. This paper is an exploration into the current state of netbook technology, its strengths and weaknesses, and can it be successfully adapted for educational use in the developing worlds.
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