>And to be fair, even with Garageband or iMovie on the iPad, it still isn’t
>as powerful an experience as what one can have on a fully powered
>MacBook. And, the netbooks have OpenShot for video editing and Audacity for audio editing. They also access Aviary (Aviary audio editor I presume: Frankie) through our Google Apps domain, so there is still a strong audio editing presence on the netbooks, just as there is on iPads using iMovie or Garageband. More on the software in the next post.
> However, the writer did not state the educational projects, activities
>or even applications they needed and how they would be used.
From what I can gather from the article, it is (to me), based on the emphasis on multimedia usage, mostly video and audio applications (video and audio editing) that's being used by the students.
Previously, they were using Macbooks which have been discontinued by Apple. This article on Ben's blog could give us a clue since he mentioned that the MacBook Air's 64Gb harddrive is insufficient for all the multimedia work the staff do. Also in the original article, Ben mentioned that their Netbook runs the Linux image with the list of software found here (Ubermix).
And to delve further into Ben's mind, I'd recommend this related and very interesting post on his blog. He talks about using Ubermix Netbooks to get 90% of the activities of a Macbook, yet at 1/3 the cost. He breaks it down into dollars and savings realised. He also mentions about the speed of the Ubermix OS and about liberating the student to allow them to experiment with the Netbook to the extent where if they mess up their OS, Ubermix allows the student to reset the Netbook back to default, with all student data intact. Nice read - especially the readers' comments to his blog post on the subject.
As for the projects and activities done by Ben's students, I guess we'll have to wait for his follow post on software (as he has mentioned).