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Re: the ideal multimedia lab - more

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Mon, 07 Dec 1998 05:26:57 -0500

> What the opinions are out there on CD burners vs. ZIP or JAZZ drives?
I think rewriteable CD hardware would be nice for the teacher to have -
to be able to make a portfolio CD for a graduating senior, or to save a
whole years or more worth of exemplary student work in one place
> Wouldn't it be cheaper in the long run to purchase CD burners especially
> since you can put a lot more information on them over a ZIP? What are the
> advantages/disadvantages to CD burners over ZIPS?
Zip drives are great for saving individual work. I have a zip at school
and a zip at home. I keep all my files on my school hard drive, with a
back-up copy on zip disks. When I want to work at home, I slip a few zip
disks in my book bag, work at home, bring them back to school. (Of
course it's even easier now to send school files home via email, then
email them back to the school computer - I'm doing more of that now).
It seems to me that zip/jazz drives are in the $100-$200 price range,
and the disks are around $20 each/less for bulk. A rewriteable CD
machine will be quite a bit more expensive, but blank disks are pretty
cheap. More people may be likely to hav CD-ROM drives in their home and
work computers - but now you can get computers with zip drives installed
too. Both sounds good to me!
> Has anyone run into problems with students storing large files on ZIP disks?
> Are the students responsible for purchasing their own ZIP disks?
I would provide a zip disk for each student (in a computer graphics
course) to save work during the course of the year. When the year ends,
they could either purchase the disk (or replace it with a blank one),
return the disk to me to be erased and reused, or copy what they want to
take home onto floppies. Or email it to home computers, or create an
internet page to save work on.


Sandra Hildreth
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