[K12OSN] What programming languages are people teaching in K12LTSP environment

Timothy Hart timothy.hart at gmail.com
Thu May 11 14:00:33 UTC 2006

Python is always my favorite. Starlogo is another to use. I wish there was a
real version of Flash for Linux. I guess the questions they need to answer
is how important is Flash and Actionscript in the curriculum? Would
http://f4l.sourceforge.net/ (a stipped down swf creator) do what they need?
Are the old machines really that old, or do they just want to update to get
the latest version of flash?

On 5/11/06, Petre Scheie <petre at maltzen.net> wrote:
> At my kids' school, the two computer teachers are trying to get money for
> upgrading
> their computer lab for next fall.  They've calculated that they need ~$32k
> to replace 25
> machines with 3ghz P4s with 1GB RAM; they also want to replace the CRTs
> with flat panels
> to reduce the heat in the room, which is problem.  They're being told
> there isn't that
> much money available.
> I suggested that they look at buying/building a beefy LTSP server and use
> the existing
> machines as clients.  One of their hesitations has to do with programming:
> they teach a
> class on Flash, which I expect would be impossible to do on Linux.  They
> also teach Java
> which would not be a problem on Linux.  My question is what programming
> classes are
> people giving using their LTSP environments?  While I question the value
> of teaching
> Flash programming at the high school level, I think an argument can be
> made for it in
> the sense that people & businesses do like to use the things it
> provides.  But I think
> if I can suggest alternatives--and I don't mean just a replacement for
> Flash, but rather
> a list of languages that other schools are teaching--it might make a
> difference.
> Petre
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