Better how? :P
Better how? :P
Nor the time nor the thread for that discussion Disease
Microsoft just love it when people generically call a word processor, "microsoft word" or "word".Originally Posted by NickJones
I think more people should complain about it. The more complaints schools receive, the more like they are to start using popular alternatives alongside the usual microsoft stuff therefore raising awareness of its exisance.
Erm ... why would they want Media Access Control ... that is something that would be on all computers nowadays as Bluetooth, WiFi and wired NICs all have MAC addresses ...Originally Posted by Netman
oh ... you mean Apple Macs?
Nah ... FreeBSD would be wasted on the littluns.
I wonder when the monopolies commission will spot that in only one area of education, a closed, monopolistic, software suite and OS are being REQUIRED to gain a public qualification.
The exam boards' defence will be that all they require of students is to use word processors and spreadsheets, 99.9% of schools decide to use MS Word and Excel for these tasks, but there's nothing saying that they we HAVE to use MS. They (allegedly) use vendor-independent phrases although it is very clear which application they had in mind.Originally Posted by Andrew_C
The old Thomas Telford GNVQ ICT course material always referred to MS Office products by their name.
^ Im 99% sure ive seen "Use MS powerpoint to...."
You know what the arguement it though (well what i get when i mention opensource anyway);
"Well thats what they use in industry" - Err no they dont, never seen anyone use access for a serious database before.
"Open source is free so it must be crap" - Err no *nix is free, mysql is free, apache is free...
Problem is theresd to many idiots running the show who dont have any technical knowledge whatsoever and think the flashyest wesite/presentation must mean teh softwares good
I think it's called "Cash incentives"
Did he have 666 on his head...........?
DiDA...Originally Posted by NickJones
Admittedly slightly off track, but you are required to use certain software
I'd love to be able to roll out Ubuntu on our machines, or use Edubuntu with thin clients. It would be marvelous! Save us £5k a year in licenses
Hear about On-screen testing?The exam boards' defence will be that all they require of students is to use word processors and spreadsheets, 99.9% of schools decide to use MS Word and Excel for these tasks, but there's nothing saying that they we HAVE to use MS. They (allegedly) use vendor-independent phrases although it is very clear which application they had in mind.
City and Guilds GOLA Requires Windows
Edexcel Onscreen testing Requires Windows
RM KS3 Requires Windows
The only way for schools to opt out of MS tax is to change exam boards, but most teachers won't be happy. Also having unecessary lockin to MSOffice with SIMS shows quite how out of touch captia can be.
Just to add to that list as well CyberNerd, OCR requires Windows for server and client exam software.
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