[LINK] Open source USB key to $2bn laptop plan
pbrooks-link at layer10.com.au
Fri Dec 12 09:49:48 EST 2008
Carl Makin wrote:
> On 12/12/2008, at 8:46 AM, Paul Brooks wrote:
>> No problem Bill - we can also fit in Exchange, to make sure the
>> Aussie kiddies are fully prepared for entering the workforce, and
>> probably squeeze in Powerpoint as well.
> Yeah they need PowerPoint as well. One of the parent/teacher
> conferences we had last year for my 10 yr old (at the time) was him
> giving us a powerpoint presentation of his accomplishments during the
...which I am sure he could have given to you at home, allowing the
parent/teacher time to be used for joint planning of your childs
education between parent and (gasp) teacher. Sounds like the teacher
didn't want to be left alone in a room with a serial conga-line of
parents - or was there an opportunity for that interaction as well?
To bring this thread back on topic, our (public) primary school just
decided to purchase 2 year old Mac laptops - 80 of them, with 1 year
remaining warranty - for $550 to bring Year 6 almost to 1:1 ratio of
laptops to students, courtesy of another school that is turning over
their laptop fleet bought new.
Several parents at that P&C meeting were certain that the federal
government's $500 laptop for high schools was going to be a Mac, others
had heard they would be Dells (and by implication Windows, but didn't
have the background to be able to distinguish between the badge on the
front and the OS running inside). Nobody knew anything about the actual
process still in train.
Predictably, most of the meeting was taken over by moaning about the
school being a Mac school, the majority of the world runs Windows, the
majority of families have Windows at home and so the students can't
transfer their school projects to work on at home and vice versa, and
why don't we dump all the Macs and buy Windows laptops instead - until
I stood up and told them to get over it, either way its a graphical
screen with a mouse, people move the mouse over the icons and click in
both systems, and kids are much more adept at moving seamlessly between
the two operating systems than their parents.
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