[ubuntu-uk] EDM179

Phil Bull philbull at gmail.com
Sun Dec 24 20:34:58 GMT 2006

Hi guys,

On Sun, 2006-12-24 at 19:44 +0000, Dave Ewart wrote:
> On Sunday, 24.12.2006 at 09:37 -0000, Jonathan Lees wrote:
> > OO is offered as an alternative to MS Office, it sees about 2% usage
> > from students that have it at home. Our IT teachers will not touch it
> > as it involves rewriting worksheets for students which have all been
> > based on MS Office. However whilst Writer and Spreadsheet does'nt
> > cause problems, the database package does. [...]

Are worksheets and training materials something that we could work on as
a community? I played around with the idea a little this morning, but I
don't know if what I came up with is much use to anyone [1].

> This is the problem.
> The kids are *not* being *taught* about word processors, spreadsheets or
> databases.  They are being *trained* to use MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access
> etc.
> That's a very different thing, in my opinion, and not at all good.

Learning *about* word processors and spreadsheets has little value to
employers - learning to *use* them is much more valuable, and I think
that's where the focus has been placed.



[1] - http://philbull.googlepages.com/SASpreadsheetBasics.tar.gz

Phil Bull

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