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Re: the ideal multimedia lab

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Mon, 07 Dec 1998 05:07:47 -0500


I initially wrote out a long message stating my preferene for Macs -
easy to use and maintain. I've taken care of 4 in my room for a number
of years with no problem, and 2 at home as well. And a scanner, digital
camera, drawing tablet, LCD projector, and a device that lets me send
the computer screen image onto a television screen. All easy to set up
and usy. But I know, from reading up on multiple intelligences and
different learning styles, that those things often affect how people
respond to computers. Some people like all the techno-wizardry required
to set up and maintain IBM/Windows machines (maybe I'm a littl biased).
I like the ease of use and simplicity of the Macs. They're great for
graphics software. However, it bothers me to hear how many teachers say
their school systems will fund and maintain the IBM types, but anyone
who gets Mac's has to purchase their own services. I sort of got that
message at my school too - but my Macs have been so easy to take care
of, I haven't required any outside service. My concern though is this -
does IBM or MicroSoft or somebody have a little too much influence on
educational cirles? Is there a little monopoly covertly growing here
too? It seems to me that schools should be free to purchase the best
equipment their budgets can afford, and at the same time serve the
specific needs and requests of their teachers. There's no reason schools
have to be all one computer system. Many universities have no problem
running complex networks with both IBM/Windows and Macs.
-- 
Sandra Hildreth
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Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
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Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617