on Thu, Jun 02, 2005 at 08:49:18AM -0700, marilyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (marilyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) wrote: > Greg, > > I'm not giving you quite the answer you are looking for. It sounds > like you want before and after test scores. We mostly did projects in > class and what I can tell you is that students produced amazing work. > > * In keyboarding, many students were typing 50 words/minute by the > end with their hands covered (Gtypist and Ktouch) > * Students used LyX to create better written and beautiful looking > reports for other classes > * They made slide show projects for other subject areas in OpenOffice > Impress, exported them to html, and uploaded them to our classroom > intranet server, so they could easily be displayed in the other > classroom > * In animation class, students at all levels were successful and motivated. > Two of my most creative students failed the ninth grade . . . this > means they were so turned on to Blender that they dug in and worked > hard, but not in their English or math classes. I also had gifted > type band kids who went way beyond and were making computer games > at the end. We had contests in class. The tech facilitator for my > campus was also a sculptor and a former art teacher. She was our > judge. Different kids were winning each time. There was so much > good work to choose from! > > At the end of every term I turned out about 100 Linux disciples. I gave them > each a Knoppix disk and sent them on their way. Many of them went home and > downloaded their own copies of Blender, the Gimp, Mozilla, and OpenOffice. > They would say "Linux rocks, Windows sucks." > > I taught for 22 years, and it is the greatest thing to see students > turned on to something and exceeding their own expectations. Open > Source Software was a key to this. > > Marilyn Marilyn: I just wanted to say that that's a really great anecdote, and shows a case of using GNU/Linux in multiple ways, _most_ of them outside standard tech stuff, to great gain. Peace. -- Karsten M. Self <kmself@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/ What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand? They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety most likely voted for Bush. - Slashdot sig.
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