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Re: [school-discuss] what pieces of software would you demo to K-12teachers ?
Seems to me that if these folks are teachers and not sys-admins there
may be no quicker way of turning them off than showing 'pipe-work'.
Why not take for a voyage of exploration in space instead
http://www.shatters.net/celestia/ to show the kind of software that you
can get under open source and that demonstrates an important aspect of
Open Source - that it can harness the skills of enthusiasts and
specialists in ALL fields to provide educational material. It runs on
Windows and *nix systems to minimize the road blocks to entry. There may
be many better, more focused (but sexy) curriculum based apps that will
do the same thing and that others can identify.
Lift the eyes, inspire don't grind 'em to death with detail. The real
world will re-appear fast enough!
If you had just a brief time in which to demo open source software to a
bunch of K-12 teachers...
...(who were new to the whole OS thing, and not necessarily convinced
all that great)...
...the point being to wow them with what OS could do for them, so
to explore further...
... what pieces of software would you demo? (Again, just briefly, so
get the gist of what it does & how they'd really benefit.)
Note #1: Part of the the point is some of their schools might accept
hardware in the near future, so if the K12 Linux Terminal Server or
general is to be an viable option, there needs to be a lot of
the software that can run on it.
Note #2: I've glanced through SEUL/Edu. The case studies are
sys admins more than to teachers, and the application list is not ranked
such that I can pick out, say, the 5 most popular. I looked at the
area, but the only one that jumped out as a clear winner there was
with several positive reviews.
Ron Aitchison http://www.zytrax.com
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Montreal Quebec H2Y 1S6