[K12OSN] advice needed: Moving to Open Office

Timothy Legge tlegge at rogers.com
Wed Jun 14 16:10:01 UTC 2006


In a small setup, one of the things that I noticed was
that some users tend to use MS Word as a spreadsheet
(think tables and a manual calculator).  The only
issue with this is that Open Offices seems to have an
issue with importing really long tables and formating
them correctly.

It took some convincing that a spreadsheet should be
used and was only really sorted out after I copied the
data and recreated the document in a spreadsheet.

Convincing someone to learn a new way of doing
something is difficult especially when you know it is
a lot better...


--- john  <lists.john at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> This is not a K12LTSP question, but I hope you can
> help anyway.
> We're looking into moving all of the computer labs
> in our district to Open
> Office next year.
> The tech department brought together the teachers
> who manage these labs and
> after several hours of exploring Word and OO side by
> side the teachers felt
> comfortable enough to give the o.k. to move forward.
> Now we are trying to
> plan this rollout.
> This rollout is is going to happen on both Windows
> boxes and LTSP nodes,
> with the majority being on XP/SP2 under Active
> Directory. Could folks who
> have gone before give me some ideas of what to
> expect in terms of teacher
> and student needs, complaints etc. I'd love to be
> able to anticipate
> problems and solutions ahead of time. Are there any
> case studies from
> schools for OO that anyone could point me at?
> TIA!!
> John
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