Monday, May 08, 2006

Schools: More Computer Use, but Aging Computers

A report out of Britain on the problem facing schools: there is notable accelerated progress in the use of computers in teaching and learning, but the computers they have are getting old and there are not good replacement policies for pcs.

This should come as no surprise. The bulk of use for pcs is in programs that don't require the latest and greatest hardware, like word-processing and research on the web. And with the advent of "Web.20" technologies, a simple web browser takes you into great educational worlds online (like blogging!). But many schools spent considerable sums on computers two, three, four, or five years ago, and they just don't have the money to not only replace the existing, older machines, but to expand the number of computers available.

This coming "crisis" should be a real opportunity to introduce Linux and Linux thin-client. Let's hope.

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