I'm definitely interested in this conversation as I'm exploring it also. Any
suggestions would be welcomed.  Here is a tip I got from someone I met at
EduCon about the clipart problem.  He told me to check out ibiblio.  I typed
in clipart in search their domain and several returns
including this one

I have not tried it yet.

I have the privilege of working with a tech ed teacher whose interested in
making his lab all open source.  He sees every Grade 5 - 8 every year;  so
we are going to try to take a "train the students"  and get them
interested.  Make them the evangelist.  Give them all CD's of open source
software that we use to take home if they want.    I don't know for sure how
it will work, but I'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, I'll keep looking for clipart, themes, etc.  We should share our
collections of such resources.

As a former business teacher,  I can attest that most of the business
education textbooks are written for Microsoft products.  I personally use to
get textbooks that taught 'concepts'  not products and use to purchase mini
reference books for the products we had.  I believed that the most important
skill I could teach a student was how to look up something in HELP or the
reference books, not which menu to click.  But it wasn't easy to locate
those books in textbook industry -- so our teachers have a point.  Also,  as
there is more and more  dual enrollment with colleges and industry
certification programs in CTE and business program, this becomes even more
challenging.   So your business teachers might have different needs.


On Jan 30, 2008 10:10 AM, Ed Barry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>            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
>            Thanks.
>            Ed
> Ed Barry
> Director of Information Technology Services
> Milton Town School District
> 42 Herrick Avenue
> Milton, VT  05468
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