[K12OSN] PD for staff

Huck dhuckaby at paasda.org
Fri Apr 16 18:26:42 UTC 2004

Not sure on the PD acronymn...but can answer some of those questions in
the last paragraph...

Staff here are completely unwilling to change to anything that is
non-microsoft...out of ignorance.

Most important things after said staff have been coerced into a new
product has been:

1.)  learning how the filesystem works...(how do I view different
"folders" *as they have no concept of directories and files*)

2.)  where did program "X" go...simply because the icon changed from 1
version to another...
When office XP came out and the light-blue W...was replaced with the
funky blue box'd W...they were in a panic.
(maybe I just have exceptionally gifted non-computer users?)

3.)  "Things look different" they are afraid they can't do something and
become instantly aggressive when they can't find 'page setup' 
for changing margins in Oowriter for example...mostly it is this sort of
simple (look somewhere logical, like 'format') for formatting a page.

4.)  They really need proof that an OO presentation/spreadsheet/document
CAN and WILL work flawlessly in MS-OFFICE...and vice-versa.

The list could go on for a long time..but then I'd be ranting about how
teachers want to teach only and not learn...


-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On
Behalf Of Shawn Powers
Sent: Friday, April 16, 2004 11:16 AM
To: K12LTSP List
Subject: [K12OSN] PD for staff

man... I've posted a lot today...  anyway...

I know recently we all talked about OO tutorials, etc.  I'm curious what

everyone does for staff PD regarding linux, LTSP, etc...

Our school district really lacks in technology PD for staff, and since
going to be adopting a lot of linux in the future, I will be looked at
provide (or at least arrange) PD for staff.

Where are some problem issues?  What do you find to be the most
thing to train staff on?  What do they grumble about the most when
to linux?  Any advice?

Thanks again,

Shawn Powers
Technology Director
Inland Lakes Schools
PHN: 231-238-6868 x9174
FAX: 509-356-7024
spowers at inlandlakes.org

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