Gunmetal_Ghoul wrote:I was appointed to help out w/ the basic IT work @ the school. I am very pleased to have been chosen for the job, and would like to see if F/OSS can be used to help in the education of our children and have our school save some money
First of all, Congratulations!
Gunmetal_Ghoul wrote:The real problem is, many of the veteran teachers @ our school aren't really on par w/ their own computer skills and Linux may not be for them, so do you think there are any precautions I need to take if I were to try to introduce them to Linux?
Hardware is what you can get, just don't shortchange Linux, thinking you are saving anything
--it is really no different than organizing a new windows license/hardware purchase
--the cost comparison will favor the Linux solutions, except for the mythologizing about unknown/abstract costs of training and other hindrances that will be placed in the path..do you think there are any precautions I need to take...
Yes, teachers (traditionally), and even new ones have certain notions
We have to know as much or more than our students
- We have to know as much or more than our students
--because why?, because that is what is expected of us and of ourselves !
- If it is not windows, which we have heard about, which the school uses for all administrative operations, the parents will complain, that we aren't teaching anything relevant to their children's eduction for the new world order ?
- It is probably important to frame the conversation presentation,referring to misconceptions about Linux; the mythologies being presented
- I wouldn't discount their concerns/issues out of hand, but I would demonstrate that they are misconstruing the reality of Linux and the inevitable vs Microsoft confusions..
If this becomes the teachers fixed position, as the authority in the classroom, as the expert, as the one with the knowledge transmitting it to the empty minds of students, that would be the real handicap
--if the teacher(s) is open minded, more collegial, more interested in what the kids can learn for themselves, it will be so much less of an issue..The kids will have zero issues with Linux
, (thingmagig) OS, in fact with no technology that is presented to them, they will just try all the buttons and procedures given, maybe even passing beyond the constraints of classroom lessons/instructions