Married To Microsoft Office

I had a great conversation with a technology director Steve who I met after attending a session about Virtual Desktops. I think we were both attending to try to keep one leg up on what is out there to use in our schools.

Steve introduced himself after the session. I mentioned in the session that we are using Google Chrome Books and Steve has an interest in doing the same thing at his school, they want to be more aggressive then our school and go 1-to-1. This is where every student will receive his or her own new shinny Chrome Book. Great idea!

The concern with his teaching staff as it was with ours in the changing from one office package said “Microsoft”, and moving to Google Docs. Will it be bold enough to write our lesson plans? Will the kids be able to learn how to attach the docs and send them to the teachers? All very common concerns.

The simple truth of the matter is, we should have never been married to any one piece of brand of software! This is the true fact that confused these very teachers now teaching in our classrooms. MS was shoved down their throats since they were little. Let’s STOP THE MADNESS!

Since we moved into the Chrome Book world our teachers and students thank me everyday. Can you laptops do this? Instant on, Battery lasting up to 14 hours on a single charge, Automatic saving of the projects they are working on. And on and on and on. When I have a teacher or student tell me thanks I know we made a positive impact on education. CHROME BOOKS AND GOOGLE DOCS, GO FOR IT!

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One Response to Married To Microsoft Office

  1. Brian Palmer says:

    If the teacher is doing a proper job, he is not teaching one software package. He should instead of teaching MS Word, be teaching Word Processing. MS Word might be the package used as a medium BUT the processes are the same in almost all word processing packages. I am about ready to dump Microsoft completely. I no longer use MS Office. they change to much from one version to the next. I now use Libre Office, a fork from Open Office. In the past I have used also WordPerfect and before that, Paperclip on a Commodore 64. The3y all do pretty much the same thing in very similar ways.
    Having used Windows 8 for three ,months, I feel I have given it an honest try. I am ready to move to Linux. The only thing holding me back is that some software I like is not available on Linux. However, I know I can get along with similar software that is available. mainly because I didn’t learn software, I learned processes. If you understand the processes, it should be no problem to learn to use the software.

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