[K12OSN] D Day

Lee Myrick lee at renarts.org
Wed Jun 2 22:31:13 UTC 2004

On Jun 2, 2004, at 5:24 AM, Shawn Powers wrote:

> The real eye opener was that when you took away all the silly 
> "learning games" the kids were able to use the computers as tools to 
> learn regular curriculum (isn't that what computers were always 
> supposed to do for us?).

Amen to that. I've argued for a long time for the use of computers as 
tools for doing work (like adults do in the real world--writing, 
research,  presentations, etc.) instead of playing edutainment games. 
There's nothing wrong with playing games on computers. But we don't 
need to spend school time (and money) doing that.

When I sold my middle/high school on a K12LTSP setup (which is only in 
the beginning stages--just got 20 donated Pentium II's for clients, but 
don't have the server yet) I also sold them on using only two basic 
programs, OpenOffice and a browser. To be honest, I didn't have to do 
much selling--I'm lucky to work with two really bright directors who 
share the same vision I do for our school.

L Myrick

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