>>>>Sandra said: My concern though is this - does IBM or MicroSoft or somebody have a little too much influence on educational circles? 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.<<<<
My guess is that the PC tech people who work for the district are
clueless about Macs. Our district has both, I use a Mac, and found
myself teaching the tech who came to help me with something (he is a PC
pro). That does not excuse the lack of support for both platforms.
I am lucky to have many friends and acquaintances on the net and from
chats who know everything about Macs. When I need help, I ask them
first, then go to the district tech people if I cannot solve the