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  •  Exactly. Any way that $$$ (17+ / 0-)

    can be re-directed away from an actual worker and into a corporate entity (whether with tech or any other means),will be fed to the public as a solution. Sometimes as a solution to a problem that doesn't exist,sometimes there is a problem but absolutely no reason to expecttheir solution will work. Neither scenario matters but the flow of capital to the top does.
    Open source development may help teachers stave off this attack,but it will come again in another guise.

    "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

    by tardis10 on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 01:20:23 PM PDT

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    •  Yah, that too. NCLB was introduced at the time (3+ / 0-)

      open source tech was becoming popular with teachers.

      Around the same time M$ started making the argument that kids need to be trained in M$ tools -- rather than how to program because Word, Outlook etc were in such widespread deployment in the workplace.  Not surprisingly (as pointed out by subsequent commenter) M$ also made these tools practically free for educators.  So generous.  

      It may be about the flow of capital in the medium term, but it seems to me that it is about the flow of information in the long term.  It's about controlling the future, controlling children's minds -- and taking the ability to question and build their own tech world in the future, outside the auspices of the almighty corporate workplace.  

      "We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers salaries and take away their right to strike.” -Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933

      by bekosiluvu on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 01:33:52 PM PDT

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      •  At least Google is another option now (5+ / 0-)

        My daughter's teacher has her whole 5th grade class working in Google apps, which has the advantage that they can work from any computer, including at home, and that she can have groups of 2-3 kids collaborating on projects.

        Microsoft, however, has huge potential to benefit from any move to put more computers in schools, because even at $50 a seat every three years, that is a heck of a lot of money. Money, that I might add, we don't have in school budgets.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 01:37:55 PM PDT

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        •  I love Google Docs (1+ / 0-)
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          for reviewing kiddos' papers. quick, easy. unfortunately, not all of my students have internet access at home.

          "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." - Joseph Brodsky

          by Shakespeares Sister on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 01:56:51 PM PDT

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        •  yah the benefit to google being tremendous insight (2+ / 0-)
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          into what each kid is saying -- in response to current events, with respect to their personal lives in health class....  Note that under GApps, everything that goes on in the classroom is stored on Google's servers.  

          I remember back in the 70's when the only way the spooks could find out about a student's political views was by buying off university professors and grad students.  

          Personally I think the whole M$ vs Apple vs Google debate about which company's tech should dominate the classroom experience limits the terms of the debate to which corporation will have to receive a National Security Letter to mine student information.  

          "We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers salaries and take away their right to strike.” -Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933

          by bekosiluvu on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 02:03:13 PM PDT

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      •  for perspective on NCLB, (3+ / 0-)
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        see my diary:

        http://www.dailykos.com/...

        and the diary of a recently-graduated high school student:

        http://www.dailykos.com/...

        "There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." - Joseph Brodsky

        by Shakespeares Sister on Sun Mar 13, 2011 at 01:56:09 PM PDT

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