End user computer standards are set by the types of data manipulation required and often referred to as Consumption, Light Production or Heavy Production tasks.
Basic hardware/software systems are designed to meet the needs of all users and are best suited for consumption or light production tasks. Higher end computers are targeted to a subset of the total user population (needs of some) and their configuration is determined by the specific course instruction, task or instructional standard and are designed for heavy production tasks.
Consumption consists of playing, streaming reading, browsing, manipulating text, video and audio content. Common devices of this type are tablet computers and chromebooks.
Light Production involves reading, writing and creation of documents that may include limited graphics. Most business documents, research papers, financial spreadsheets, and presentations, web portal access and collaboration tasks fall into this category. Common devices of this type include chromebooks, laptops and commodity desktop computers.
Heavy Production involved advanced tasks normally associated with full motion audio/video editing, 3 dimensional rendering, AI, and other advanced programming that requires higher processing power. These types of devices are higher end engineering workstations and desktop computers.
Our platform standards matrix is designed to provide the best value to the district. Our strategy is to match the most cost effective technology to the required learning need. In this way we are not wasting dollars on technology that is not required for the task at hand, allowing us to reallocate those dollars to additional technology that will benefit a wider population of students.