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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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