Boot Camp could be big win for Apple Macs in schools

“Apple’s Boot Camp could be a boon to the company’s presence in the education market. Once the almost exclusive domain of Apple and the Mac, technology in education has been steadily shifting toward Windows-based PCs for several years — particularly in colleges and at the high school level of K-12 education. The reason most often given: Students will need to work with Windows PCs after graduation and should therefore be educated using them,” Ryan Faas writes for Computerworld.

“The ability for schools (at any grade level) to create truly cross-platform labs and classrooms could be a huge win for Apple. Educational IT staff will no longer need to choose between the typical Windows computers used in most businesses and the user- and kid-friendly Macs that were once so prevalent in schools. And for schools with an existing investment in Macs, this opens up new options of what can be taught to students of any age,” Faas writes. “Boot Camp could completely reinvigorate Apple’s presence in education, which could in turn lead to more consumer sales as many parents still tend to buy kids the same types of computers that they use in school.”

Full article here.

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19 Comments

  1. i heart macdude: “Have you ever tried to teach it to someone over the age of, say, 60?”

    My parents can´t figure out the remote control for the TV, a microwave or their cellphone or how to change the remote key lock on their car so it does not honk everytime the lock the car doors.
    My parents had a Mac, now they have Windows. (They had Mac OS8 & 9 – crashed all the time on them. Drove them batty. They got Windows XP and think its great.) They can´t do anything but the basics – click and write. And they don´t want to know more.

  2. The issue is not which computer they use to learn but the practices they learn while using. My experience in education is that while kids are sponges and can learn many things, if you teach a specific way to do something, rather than a broader idea of how you may achieve a goal, people are more inclined to only learn the one way. Then, when outside of their comfort zone, they break down because “the menus are not same” as when they learned or “the interface has changed” or some other BS excuse. In my experience with computers (Mac and PC for 13+ years, 7 in education, 6 in business), people who start out with Macs are less likely to be afraid of the computer when it diverges outside of their comfort zone. The reason I see, they are less afraid of “breaking” the computer and more interested in being productive. They have less concern for the right way to do something and will settle on any way to complete a task. The argument is relatively moot. Yes, Windows may be king now, who is to say in how many years if things change. The issue is not what computer we teach on, but that we teach using critical thinking skills in using a computer so that the skills translate to any OS, not just Windows, Mac , etc.

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