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Re: [school-discuss] Discussion About Linux on Linkedin

On Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 7:47 PM, Joel Kahn <jj2kk4@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On the social media site Linkedin, in a group called International Society for Technology in Education, a discussion is underway titled, "Who else out there is using Linux in their classrooms?" Between the dotted lines below is one recent posting:
> ......................................................
> I understand the software is free, but any time students/teachers spend
> on learning the tech is time away from using the tools on the web and doing,
> learning, researching, creating, etc.

It really bothers me when people assume that what's easy for them is
easy for everyone else.  For me, a command line is easy and a Mac
style GUI interface is annoying and not intuitive.  I really dislike
the way so many people assume what they like is what everyone else
will like.  It's especially not a good attitude for educators to have.
 Student has their own ways of learning that's best for each of them.
Forcing a student to be stuck with a particular way of doing things
because it's easier for the teacher isn't necessarily in the best
interest of the student.  It may even discourage a student from using
that technology when with a different interface or some customization,
it could be very helpful for that individual.

I find the whole situation very frustrating because I'm running into
this type of attitude (that what one person likes is what's best for
everyone else) more and more at work.

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