Desktop configuration

Student laptop


As part of many schools’ ‘one-to-one’ programs, students are loaned their ‘own’ devices during their time at school. Various aspects of these devices can be configured by the student – such as screensavers, backgrounds and other ‘personal system preferences’. At the same time, these devices are also used to configure the students, with standardized reminders, protocols and procedures hardwired into each machine to guide, remind and cajole. This makes the desktop of each device a fascinating site of regulation and resistance. This Lakeside High student’s self-designed background and short-cuts to unauthorized applications such as Spotify wrestle for attention amongst the faux ‘Post-It’ reminders and ‘to-do’ lists emanating from the school’s learning management system.