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Re: Simplified UI
> There has been some talk about creating a kind of simplified UI fir
> children. There's also been talk about a menu-program wich gives
> more and more access to a child depending on how well the educational
> programs are used..
Students learn from each other quite a bit with computers -- more
so than most other subjects. If the environment is different for
different students it could hinder that, e.g., a student who figures
out a way to use some tool might not be able to share it with their
neighbor, because their neighbor doesn't have access to that tool.
I think it would make more sense to advance a group of students
all together at the teachers discression (i.e., without any
automated testing). Also, I don't think permissions would need to
be used -- the different environments should be meant to direct the
students, not limit them. So a menu for younger children might not
include difficult tools, but if they find a way to run them anyway
then no harm is done. Exploration should be encouraged -- all the
more so in Linux because they can safely explore (which, to my
frustration, is not the case on a Mac where they can mess the
computer up by exploring).
Ian Bicking <firstname.lastname@example.org>