jperryl at ecs.fullerton.edu
Wed Mar 23 02:08:29 EDT 2011
I'm catching up on emails and I was reading this email while allowing my
students to work in small groups on their final project, and when I read
your definition of IT I literally laughed out loud. The week before I did
a lecture on computerized voting machines, known as DREs, and as I was
looking at the "slides" in thumbnail view, I couldn't see that I'd
actually spelled it out. Not knowing that, I googled DRE to make certain.
Top result? Dr. Dre. Next different result? Digital Rectal Examination.
Its been a humorous 7 days at work.
I positively loathe it whenever I hear of K-12, especially K-6, students
being forced to use PPT. Fortunately, that hasn't happened yet with my
kids as the billions of US dollars spent to put 3 to 5 crappy
semi-functional Dells into every classroom don't really ever get used.
Larry Cuban's book "Oversold and Underused: Computers in the Classroom"
unfortunately a pretty damning indictment.
Oh, and be happy that your IT moron wasn't asking you how to install
Microsoft Encarta. Now, THAT's a real turd.
On Sat, 19 Mar 2011, Richmond wrote:
> Powerpoint does command . . .
> My 2 boys have to 'do' presentations for school, and, as we run a 100%
> environment at home (well, except for the box that Daddy hides under the bed
> with Windows
> XP for Beta testing his "Sanskrit nonsense" - see what I mean about
> 'all-pervasive) they are forced,
> to use either OOO Present or LibreOffice to produce Powerpoint compatible
> slide-shows to
> run on the crappy machines at school.
> The "IT" teacher at their school (who rang me up once because he didn't know
> how to install
> an Encyclopedia Britannica DVD on their machines) won't let the boys run a
> Livecode standalone
> for Windows from a CD or a USB stick. And, bye-the-bye; in the
> English-speaking section of
> Plovdiv English Language School (my boys are in the German section) "IT"
> stands for "It's Turd".
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