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How to build a computer lab for free

Robert Litt advocates open-source software even for schools that aren’t lacking technology. US government reports say the digital divide is shrinking, at least in schools—97% of teachers have at least a single computer in the classroom. Yet that’s not the whole story. “The digital divide is growing in a hidden statistic,” Litt says, “the actual teaching of technology in a meaningful way.” 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, there’s no need for even 3% of classrooms to be without computers.

Monday Morning

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 Siebert’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.  It’s not as good as The Wire (few shows are) but it is amazing in it’s own way.  I really enjoyed both the book by Evan Wright and the show which was done by David Simon and Ed Burns.