nathan.bahn at gmail.com
Mon Jul 12 05:17:32 UTC 2010
On Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 7:28 PM, Cybe R. Wizard <cyber_wizard at mindspring.com
> On Sun, 11 Jul 2010 18:54:21 -0400
> Nathan Bahn <nathan.bahn at gmail.com> wrote:
> > the PTA, I
> > believe, would have gotten a bigger bang for the buck with school
> > supplies (but of course, a computer is *so much SEXIER* than a white
> > board -- much less paper and pencils).
> Still, had the PTA not been 'innovators' we would be using those
> pencils and papers through ground post to communicate even today.
> YAY! for the first-adopters everywhere.
> Cybe R. Wizard
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Cybe R. Wizard--
I disagree (very respectfully, however) with your sentiment. *IF* there had
been enough computers to form enough "labs" in the school so that we
students would have enough time to learn how to *actually use* them -- they
would have been really useful as word processors -- then I would agree with
you; but we saw the computer for perhaps 1-2 days every couple of weeks. We
were literally *playing games ON IT* for christ's* *sake! There was *
nothing else* that we could do with them. *Literally NOTHING.* There
wasn't any educating going on with them because:
1. There weren't enough of them; and
2. The teachers hadn't been trained on them.
A word processing lab would have been great, mind you; but we didn't have
one; and the same thing applied to typewriters as well -- there was one for
the *entire SCHOOL* to practice on (and it goes without saying that it was
unavailable for school work). Believe you me -- a word processing lab that
could accommodate the entire school would have been *greatly* *appreciated*.
Personally, I think that *just about ANYTHING* (e.g., white boards with
colored dry markers) would have produced a much bigger bang for the buck.
Please avoid sending me Word or PowerPoint attachments.
See http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/no-word-attachments.html &
http://www.openoffice.org (Nathan Bahn)
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