Robert Litt advocates open-source software even for schools that arenâ€™t lacking technology. US government reports say the digital divide is shrinking, at least in schoolsâ€”97% of teachers have at least a single computer in the classroom. Yet thatâ€™s not the whole story. â€œThe digital divide is growing in a hidden statistic,â€ Litt says, â€œthe actual teaching of technology in a meaningful way.â€ He shows students how to do math on spreadsheets, how to make simple websites, how to put together slide presentations, all on free software. These are the computer skills that, students tell him, they are later expected simply to know. And with the prevalence of recycled computers, thereâ€™s no need for even 3% of classrooms to be without computers.
Here is a summary of my weekend
- Finished The Patrol by Ryan Flavelle by which is about a seven day patrol by Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Recommended.
- Came into work on Sunday and prepped for a meeting that I having this morning.
- Had coffee with the Siebertâ€™s which is always a good time. I was also introduced to Ubuntu which is fast even on a P4. It runs Libre Office, Skype, has five gigs of backup space, and handles email and the web just fine (Chrome and Firefox). I could see The Lighthouse using it for both residential and office computers. Oh yeah, Jared told me it installed in ten minutes which is 47 hours and 50 minutes faster than a Vista or XP install is taking me.
- Finished watching Generation Kill. Itâ€™s not as good as The Wire (few shows are) but it is amazing in itâ€™s own way. I really enjoyed both the book by Evan Wright and the show which was done by David Simon and Ed Burns.