Our SU is starting to implement Oo and SOo. Here is my expierence so far.
Proctor Elem: MS Office and StarOffice is installed on all the computers. StarOffice is the default for opening up doc documents.
Proctor HS: Both are installed but MS Office is still the Default.
West Rutland k-12: They only have OpenOffice installed, with the exceptions of a few people who claimed to need MS Office.
Note: If you really want this to fly, sell your principal first, and have them make the excecutive desision go all the way. I just made the change at the Elem and it went over much better then HS where I tried to introduce it.
Results so far:
1. Teachers who have gotten over the "I need microsoft" attitude, find that they can use Oo fine, and some even find Oo easyer to use.
2. I have had very few problems with doc files opening up in Oo. Some issues with margins that is all, and telling teachers not to just click ok at the "this is not an Oo file" dialoge.
3. Was very inpressed with Oo when it opened up Office 2007 document, without an issue.
4. I like the idea I can give it to students for home use.
5. It has made it easyer for me to start implementing Edubuntu, into some classrooms. (that has worked out better then I expected, but is still just a very small scale implementation).
1. My buisness teacher, while open to the idea of teaching Oo, has expressed concerns because the lack of cource material.
2. PowerPoint is much more developed then Oo Impress.
3. We actually have to get people saveing as RTF again. I think that concept got lost with the MS monopoly.
4. For some reason I cannot get my HS teachers to make the switch, there is still that "We need MS" attitude. So I would start at the lower grades and work your way up.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ed Barry" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 10:10:45 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
Subject: Open Office Implementation
I think this question may have been asked/answered awhile back
but I forget the responses
Is anyone on the List using Open Office or Star Office in
their school(s)/district/SU? If so, is it full implementation? What
grade levels? For how long? Aside from political fallout from users, were
there other significant issues?
Any information appreciated
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