“New software agreements for schools are riling some teachers who are required to remove Microsoft Office from all Apple Macintoshes used in the classroom,” Stephen Bell Wellington reports for Computerworld New Zealand.
“The schools are no longer licensed to use Microsoft’s popular Office suite under the new contracts negotiated between vendors and the Ministry of Education,” Wellington reports.
“The change is simply a matter of value for money and appropriateness, says ministry ICT spokesman Douglas Harre. Macs in classrooms have now been equipped with the Apple products iWork and Kidpix in place of Office,” Wellington reports.
“Since the majority of Macs in the classroom are in primary schools, the Apple software offers better educational value, says Harre. ‘The average seven-year-old is not worried about programming macros in Excel,'” Wellington reports. “Mac laptops provided to teachers under the TELA scheme will still be licensed to use Office, as will Macs used for school administration.”
Wellington reports, “Dorothy Burt, e-learning leader at Auckland’s Point England primary school, says the removal of Microsoft software from classroom Macs surprises her… But, she says, ‘It’s not so much of an issue in the classroom. We’re using Google Docs, Google spreadsheet and other open-source software anyway. We did use Office in the classroom, [but only] because we had it.’ Burt sees the adoption of Iworks and Kidpix as a very positive move. ‘But [it will] be interesting to see how the connectivity situation works out,’ she adds.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Another Irish Dude” for the heads up.]