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paulharrop
14th April 2005, 03:08 PM
Dear All

I've been a primary school teacher for over 30 years and specialising in ICT's for about 9 of those. I reckon I've seen it all but today my luck actually held up.

I was working with a year 1 class (5-6 year olds). I had my 24 iBooks all out and the kids were working on Kidpix when suddenly a horrible smell pervaded the room. Some one had been sick!!

My first thoughts were - Oh! No! the computer! (bugger the kid - they can be cleaned up).

I found the culprit - sitting there quietly covered in spew. Did they say they felt sick? - Oh! No!

The table and chair were also covered in spew.

My iBook had spew on it but only on the right corner in the blank space where you rest your wrist next to the mouse.

The spew was slowly making its way towards the trackpad and the base of the keyboard.

Fortunately I was able to grab the iBook and rush over to sink and tip the offending material down the drain before it pervaded the insides of the unit.

i consider myself lucky as we use 12inch iBooks and the real estate next to the mouse is a lot smaller than on a 14inch iBook.

I cleaned the computer body with a disinfectant cloth and dried it carefully - washed my hands and put my little iBook on charge until tomorrow.

Mr Jobs - did you have spew in mind when you designed those little white beauties!!

Ah!! Teachers have it so easy!!

Cheers

Paul

Byrd edit: typing :)

Rayd
14th April 2005, 03:13 PM
hehe that is a close call. im surprised you even let the kids use a laptop :|

OziMac
14th April 2005, 03:15 PM
I think it's great you let the kids use the laptops - but how come they're your laptops? Also, do you have them insured for something like this? 24 laptops is a pretty big investment...

zefi
14th April 2005, 03:15 PM
Hehe. Thanks for sharing that great story.

Its amazing what these laptops go through. I once dropped my iPod mini, kept playing like a champion. I was so proud of the build quality of my mini that day :)

spawnster
14th April 2005, 03:15 PM
I do hope you took care of the kid first before the iBook. :)

mwot
14th April 2005, 03:25 PM
amusing story .. kinda reminds of this morning's mishap where my 1 yo son decided to tip the yoghurt tub in my hand into my lap, while I was sitting at the iMac - is okay. Don't panic! I only had to change shorts. that's the last time I share my yoghurt :rolleyes:

actually, I'd be keen to know where you can buy Kid Pix from in australia? Who's the vendor your school deals with? Rather look locally before looking to order from overseas.

oh ... er, the software is for my daughter. 6 yo. not me ... though I'm sure I'll enjoy it too :lol:

Disko
14th April 2005, 03:32 PM
did you get a photo of the vomit on the ibook? :)

iSlayer
14th April 2005, 03:35 PM
hah.
i can picture the story on the frontpage Disko :)

Kreats
14th April 2005, 03:43 PM
A few years ago my cat spewed on my PC laptop - I didn't find out till I got home so the spew had done its work by then, eating through the keyboard mesh making it unusable. I eventually souced another keyboard mesh, but the experience certainly made me wise to the acidic properties of spew!

Either that or this is yet another way mac laptops trump PC ones - if so, kudos to the apple design team!

LCGuy
14th April 2005, 03:58 PM
Originally posted by ipod_man@Apr 14 2005, 03:13 PM
hehe that is a close call. im surprised you even let the kids use a laptop :|
Why's that? The first laptop i ever used was a PowerBook 165c, and at that stage i was 10 years old.

The Architect.mac
14th April 2005, 04:09 PM
Nice work, I hope they are all wirelessing to to the net as well.

KidPix can be accessed through Software time or other good Education resellers.

The current version is Ki Pix 4 Deluxe

www.softwaretime.com.au

Cheers

hawker
14th April 2005, 04:34 PM
Originally posted by spawnster@Apr 14 2005, 03:15 PM
I do hope you took care of the kid first before the iBook. :)
Stuff the kid. The iBook comes first. They're not worth $2000 :P

paulharrop
14th April 2005, 04:41 PM
Originally posted by The Architect.mac@Apr 14 2005, 04:09 PM
Nice work, I hope they are all wirelessing to to the net as well.

KidPix can be accessed through Software time or other good Education resellers.

The current version is Ki Pix 4 Deluxe

www.softwaretime.com.au

Cheers
Yes! We did look after the child as well - there were two teachers in the room.

Yes! I've been using wireless iBooks for over 2 years in the school. I have put 6 base stations (Apple of course) around the school which gives 100% coverage on the campus.

The whole thing works flawlessly and faultlessly - typical Apple.

We have actually dismantled our computer lab as it wasn't getting used.

I move from class to class with the bank of laptops and the children work with the computers from their desks.

It works a treat as they can access our laser printers, network, internet from their desks with no cables. The flexibility is incredible.

The laptops get used all day every day. They are charged at lunchtime and in the afternoon when I put them on a timer.

Some batteries are 2 years old and can still easily hold a charge for over 2 hours.

paulharrop
14th April 2005, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by OziMac@Apr 14 2005, 03:15 PM
but how come they're your laptops?
I maintain the whole school system as well as teach.

I refer to them as mine as I've known them all since birth - well delivery from Apple anyway.

The Gov covers the computers against theft in state schools, but not damage.

Also schools get three year onsite warranties from Apple (a godsend).

eyeLikeCarrots
14th April 2005, 05:00 PM
nice, i wish I had more macs to support here at the university

hawker
14th April 2005, 05:04 PM
Originally posted by paulharrop@Apr 14 2005, 04:48 PM
The Gov covers the computers against theft in state schools, but not damage.
Yeah, little kids never break things, they never drop them, they never trip over... They all live in Bubbles ;)

Ozi
14th April 2005, 09:14 PM
Great story! :) Yeah the iBook really is perfectly designed for schools. Shock-resistant, puke resistant (so it would seem... :lol:) and a georgeous industrial design with no bits that stick out to break. Great to hear they work so well for your computer.

LCGuy
14th April 2005, 09:54 PM
Originally posted by eyeLikeCarrots@Apr 14 2005, 05:00 PM
nice, i wish I had more macs to support here at the university
As do i...maybe then i'd have something to do instead of browsing AppleTalk all the time from one of the MDDs. :P

paulearl
14th April 2005, 10:00 PM
I manage a school network as well but all desktops ranging from 5 yo imac G3's up to emac superdrives...awaiting the arrival of our next rollout of 16 G5 17 inch imacs :thumbup:
Thankfully no-one has thrown up on mine but thanks for the headsup as it was something I hadn't thought about happening.

I love our school network of Apples. I also love going to computer coordinators meetings and listening to school's woes with their PCs. I have very few problems with our computers. They work day in and day out...Thanks Apple :D

mbd
14th April 2005, 11:35 PM
If these notebooks are at risk of vomit, or other similar gifts of nature, you might want to consider getting protective covers for the keyboards...

iSkin does them, for example. See: http://www.iskin.com/protouch_PB1.html

Mac_Switcher
15th April 2005, 01:09 AM
That's fantastic that an Australian school uses Macs (and not just in "computer labs", for the whole school day).....I wish we used Macs at my primary school (and high school) but we had crappy IBMs instead :angry:

I think Apple needs to focus more on getting their products in schools. This way:

> The computers actually work so students can just get on with their work

>Students tell their parents (hopefully), parents become interested OR kids beg/push/ask for a Mac for home (or parents just buy a Mac for home because that's what's at school) and Apple's sales go up/ consumers become more aware of Apple brand

> Less paper wasted OR no paper!

What does ICT stand for?

LCGuy
15th April 2005, 08:38 AM
Originally posted by Mac_Switcher@Apr 15 2005, 01:09 AM
That's fantastic that an Australian school uses Macs (and not just in "computer labs", for the whole school day).....I wish we used Macs at my primary school (and high school) but we had crappy IBMs instead :angry:

I think Apple needs to focus more on getting their products in schools. This way:

> The computers actually work so students can just get on with their work

>Students tell their parents (hopefully), parents become interested OR kids beg/push/ask for a Mac for home (or parents just buy a Mac for home because that's what's at school) and Apple's sales go up/ consumers become more aware of Apple brand

> Less paper wasted OR no paper!

What does ICT stand for?
I agree, thats the way that Apple really captured the education market from the late 1980's to the mid 1990's. Sadly as soon as Gil came in, Apple lost their focus on the education market, and in came Ipex, and the rest, as we know, is history. :(

Btw, ICT stands for Information Communications and Technology.

TheTruth
16th April 2005, 10:04 AM
Originally posted by ipod_man@Apr 14 2005, 03:13 PM
hehe that is a close call. im surprised you even let the kids use a laptop :|
According to Apple, iBooks are not "laptops" - no - they are "Portable Computers" and "are designed to only be used on a flat stable surface".

Hehe just thought I'd share that. :D

paulharrop
16th April 2005, 06:24 PM
Originally posted by Disko@Apr 14 2005, 03:32 PM
did you get a photo of the vomit on the ibook? :)
Gee! I had a digital camera handy as well!! Should have thought of a photo!!

Paul

hawker
16th April 2005, 06:30 PM
Originally posted by paulharrop@Apr 16 2005, 06:24 PM
Gee! I had a digital camera handy as well!! Should have thought of a photo!!
What were you thinking :P