I wonder if this guy ever worked a day as a IT Tech in a School?
A few of my thoughts are-
Its a nasty world out there where buissnesses use Microsoft Office, where professional designers use Photoshop so how is using (what is currently) the free alternatives listed going to help our students?Quote:
1. Don't buy any software.
We use Windows Live@Edu - its Outlook based and has Sky Drive with Office Live - the students still don't use it much but those who don't have Office at home love it. Oh and btw its FREEEEE :)Quote:
2. Make use of web-based applications.
Many schools already use CMS based websites like WordPress/Joomla!Quote:
Drupal for your school website
Many of our PCs are 5 years old and going strong and I belive this is the case in many schools.Quote:
3. Don't bother replacing your computers.
Security (both physical and digital) spring to mind - what happens when little Jonnys PC gets stolen and Mum/Dad try to sue the school for not protecting it?Quote:
4. Allow the pupils to use their own devices.
One of the few points I agree onQuote:
5. Take control of your Internet connection.
The web is good, Wikipedia is good however many resources which have been tailored to the lessons that staff teach cost money because the company behind it has put the effort in to make it 100% relivant.Quote:
6. Don't buy, or subscribe, to any digital resources.
And as such all the IT Staff from schools leave to the privet sector because we feel that our development will be better handled by corps.Quote:
7. Don't pay for CPD.
Its hard enough to find decent Techs let alone ask little Jonnys parents to try setting up a web server.Quote:
9. Use volunteer support.
Edu Geek? :)Quote:
10. Share your expertise and creativity.
Sorry for any of the bad spellings in this little rant :D