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Teaching educators about free software

Teaching educators about free software (via KnowProSE): “One big barrier I foresee in teaching teachers — and school and school district administrators — about free software is their natural reluctance to teach students to use software that isn’t “mainstream.” There’s no denying the fact that Windows and Windows-based proprietary software are going to be more popular on corporate desktops than Linux and free software for at least another 10 years or so, and educators feel they have an obligation to teach students skills they will be able to use in the “real world” after they graduate.”

2 Comments

  1. Taran wrote:

    Perhaps the “real world” that the teachers perceive is a snapshot of where they are, whereas the real world is very dynamic. Free Software is becoming more and more prevalent, and therefore more and more relevant. Ignorance might be bliss, but it’s not a luxury institutions of learning should have.

    Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 7:07 pm | Permalink
  2. pdZone wrote:

    Using Free Software in Education

    NewsForge | Teaching educators about free software This is an interesting piece which advocates the use of open source software in education. I guess we’ll see what the future holds in terms of the widespread adoption of software like Linux,…

    Friday, December 19, 2003 at 3:16 am | Permalink