I am so excited to see this discussion happening. I agree completely
with you, Charlie and with Tommy's point about schools not becoming
feeder systems for industry.
Like Vince, I don't have time right now to write carefully about this
subject, but I would like to toss in a grenade (Oops! I date to the
sixties, too. Make that a water balloon.) before running off to crash
another server. I believe that the Vermont Grade Expectations for
Information Technology have fallen into the training trap that concerns
Tommy and the Windows minutiae that concerns Charlie. With a few
exceptions, they are, in my judgement, focused too much on mouse
clicking, Office suite software, and file management instead of thinking
and problem solving. (I promise I won't get started on who really
benefits from the technology component of NCLB.)
Bellows Free Academy
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I've heard this argument many times before, and I believe it is
misguided. We are not here to train kids to be proficient PC users,
for that matter, Mac users. Those of us in the realm of technology
education do need to teach specifics, but it is more important to
a global, problem-solving approach to using computers that will
anticipate the emergence of new technologies. The PCs of today will
probably bear as much resemblance to the convergent technologies of
future, as the Apple IIs of twenty years ago do to today's computers.
What a disservice to kids (who are already way ahead of the curve) to
spend valuable school time learning the minutiae of Windows!
BTW, we are a PC-oriented school.
Johnson Elementary School
Johnson, VT 05656
802-635-2211 ext 113
BJORN NORSTROM wrote:
>I have been monitoring the PC vs Mc discussion. My concern with Macs
is that the short term financial gain that Macs may provide may cause a
long-term concern in terms of students not being prepared to enter the
post-high school market where PCs are the norm. Thinking in terms of
decreasing the number of tech. support work orders may have a huge
impact on the preparedness of our students to succeed in the global
economy due to lack of PC skills. If our goal is to prepare our students
for life after high school, then our choice of desktop may need to be
decided by that rather than what desktop is most cost-effective.