School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>Many of the new network-based software programs that come with recently
>purchased curriculum materials present problems with compatability for
>computers running Windows XP/2000. The software lags or often doesn't
>run at all. I have tried their tech support without a lot of success.
>Are there any K-12 schools out there using web-based curriculum software
>that they are happy with?
A couple of thoughts....
1. I've noticed that there's a tendency on the part of some
administrators to purchase hardware / software without checking with the
tech folks to make sure it is compatible with existing infrastructure. A
general rule of thumb is to test all software prior to purchase. Most
vendors should be willing to give you an evaluation copy for this purpose.
Why commit to a software purchases if you can't guarantee that it'll work
on your existing system? I would also try to implement a procedure so
that all hardware / software purchases must be approved by the tech dept.
This reduces the risk that new software will be incompatibilities with
your existing infrastructure.
2. You might want to try running the software in 'compatibility mode'.
To do this, right click the .exe file and select the 'compatibility' tab.
This will give you several options that you can configure to setup
backwards compatibility with older versions of Windows.
3. As for web based curriculum software, I don't have a lot of experience
in this area. However, the FirstClass platform is an excellent
communication / collaboration solution and is currently being used by
several districts / SU's within the state. It's also used to power
Maine's Learning Technology Initiative (Maine's laptop initiative for
middle school students). Although it's not entirely web based, it
provides an excellent foundation for delivering online content.
Hope this helps.
Chittenden South Supervisory Union
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