[K12OSN] D Day

Shawn Powers spowers at inlandlakes.org
Wed Jun 2 12:24:50 UTC 2004

daniel.hunt at iibbank.ie wrote:
> Daniel, slightly annoyed about the windows option, but nothing he can do
> about it for now :o)

Sorry, I *just* jumped on this thread so I don't know the whole history, 
but thought I'd add my "infiltration scheme" to the mix.  I had 1 
teacher that was willing to try LTSP.  The principal was easy to get 
onboard, because the other teachers were able to take his lab time.  I 
had 4 junker computers, and one "OK" PIII server.  He used it all year, 
and the kids were doing things that the other classes (the ones with 
access to all those lab macintoshes) weren't even close to doing.  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?).

BTW, I didn't mean to open a can of worms with the "silly learning game" 
comment, that's just our circumstance.  (see my .sig, I've gotten in 
trouble before for spreading my opinions on listservs)

Anyway, having the pilot program has made the whole district less 
linux-wary.  That, and a huge budget crunch really makes linux look good.

Don't lose hope,

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

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