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

William Fragakis william at fragakis.com
Thu May 11 18:27:44 UTC 2006

That's about how much it's ended up costing to K12LTSP our whole school.

Flash would be the bug-a-boo but it sounds like they are doing some web
stuff so if the OSS version of Flash works for you, add php and mysql
(of course, not a language per se) into the mix. 

On Thu, 2006-05-11 at 12:00 -0400, k12osn-request at redhat.com wrote:
> Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 08:54:42 -0500
> From: Petre Scheie <petre at maltzen.net>
> Subject: [K12OSN] What programming languages are people teaching in
>         K12LTSP environment
> To: "Support list for opensource software in schools."
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> 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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