[K12OSN] Curriculum for using OpenOffice.org to teach basic computer skills
dhuckaby at paasda.org
Thu Feb 10 17:00:28 UTC 2005
http://www.getopenoffice.org ... has textbooks...
should take care of all the lesson plan stuff for you mostly..
Petre Scheie wrote:
> Short version: For those who are using OpenOffice.org to teach basic
> computer skills, word processing, etc., to high school students, what
> are you using for curriculum?
> Long version: The technical advisory committee for my kids' school, of
> which I am a member, recently passed a resolution that calls for
> ninth-grade students to take a mandatory basic computer skills class.
> The idea is to make sure that all students know how to use a word
> processor, spreadsheet, search the internet, etc. (Many of the kids
> think they know it all, but most don't know as much as they think they
> do--just like in most other areas, I guess. ;-) ) We have people from
> the local colleges on the committee and they all say the expectation
> is that students will already know these things by the time they enter
> college, and the colleges themselves do not provide any such
> instruction. In the original draft of the resolution, it called for
> teaching the kids Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, among other things. I
> succeeded in getting the wording changed to word processing,
> spreadsheets, and presentations, fortunately. The next point I want
> to push is to have the teacher(s) use OOo for the class. I have two
> reasons, that everyone on the list will be familiar with: free
> software, so it can be given out to the students, and freedom to do
> whatever you want with it. But I've learned that the key thing in
> getting the teacher to use a tool for a class is to have a curriculum
> available; they don't have the time or resources to write their own
> lesson plans from scratch. Plus, they already have some sort of
> materials for teaching MS's office, I'm sure, so to get them to use
> another tool, the transition must be as easy as possible.
> While free, no cost plans would be better, I'm not opposed to
> something that would have to be purchased; I'm sure the MS plans
> didn't come free.
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