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Educators Recommend

Christopher Dawson blogs about IT in education for ZDNet.

Recently he provided advice for parents interested in purchasing laptops for their children, and recommended they select instead of Microsoft Office.

In the last paragraph he writes, “Finally, I tell parents not to bother springing for Microsoft Office. This can take a $499 laptop and increase its price by at least 20%. OpenOffice is a bargain-hunter’s friend and I make sure that teachers can support it if they receive files electronically from students.”

The majority of comments seem to support this approach as well.

2 Responses to “Educators Recommend”

  1. Don Watkins Says:
    August 7th, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Right on the money and much of my thinking too. Why pay 20% more for no more productivity.

  2. JZA Says:
    August 8th, 2007 at 12:13 am

    This is very important however this is a clear signal that we need more Text Books focused on That’s why I liked and promote the book on ‘A conceptual guide to’ by Gabriel Gurley.