While digging for information about use of GNU/Linux I stumble upon various educational and technology plans for schools. Some are pretty good, while others are horrible. The bad ones go something like this:
- What do we want to do with computers? The answer is usually, “more of the same”.
- Make a list of toys: networking, servers, OS, PCs, software and work up a budget.
- Oops! We can’t afford much…
The really ugly plans get to the last stage after a year or so of implementing the plan and $millions may have been spent but the full quota of toys is not obtained and there just aren’t enough computers available to make a difference. The reasonably good plans start with a realization that money is scarce and a well-defined target of getting the most IT for the least money brings them to GNU/Linux and donated hardware. It often turns out to be a superior solution to all new stuff that is not affordable. Continue reading ‘Technology Plans for Schools: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly’