“Pinellas County schools will phase out Apple computers and only buy PCs. Some teachers and administrators are upset,” Monique Fields reports for The St. Petersburg Times in her article, “Teachers losing their Apples.” “Lisa Ristorcelli, a third-grade teacher at Douglas L. Jamerson Elementary School, helps Deidre Worth work with an Apple iBook. Some teachers are upset that Pinellas County schools will no longer buy Apples.”
“In the world of computers, you’re either an Apple person or a PC person,” Fields reports. “‘I am an Apple person,’ said Suzy Dross, a technology coordinator at Azalea Elementary School in St. Petersburg. She and Pinellas County school administrators, teachers and students will have to become PC people as the district slowly replaces Apple Macintosh computers with personal computers. The directive came from Pinellas County superintendent Howard Hinesley, who wants to the district to use one type of computer instead of two.”
Fields reports, “That decision has angered some administrators and teachers who can’t fathom parting with their Apple computers, even if it won’t happen for several years. Two of every three computers owned by the school district are Apples. Hinesley said the Macs will be replaced by PCs as they become obsolete. ‘I’m an expert at Macintosh. Most of us are. So, we’re going to have to be trained,’ Dross said.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Funny thing is, teachers in the reverse situation, going from Windows PCs to Macs, hardly ever get upset and, if a few did, they usually recant once the’y had a few weeks with a Mac as they were Mac newbies just scared of change). They’re usually grateful, in fact. And excited. We predict Pinellas County will have more problems over time with the move to Dell from Apple than they can imagine.