Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Jan 2009 08:45 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Features, Office Yesterday we ran a story on how educational institutions defaulting to Microsoft Office may stifle some people who do not own a copy of Office or Windows. A Forrester Research report now states the bloody obvious by claiming that organisations stick with Microsoft Word not out of necessity, but out of habit.
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Education in a specific software
by aliquis on Fri 16th Jan 2009 09:49 UTC
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Personally I have never understood why schools focus education against the office package specifically. I'm born 79 and have used computers since I was like say 8 years old or something but I've learned by using.

I know that you can set font sizes, fonts, marginals and such in any application for writing, I have a fairly good sense for how to find those functions but don't expect to find them in a specific place. But give me some time and I'll get whatever I wanted to do done even if I have never used the software before.

And yes, most people just use a very small part of the functionality so why not teach the common stuff in general instead of Office specific?

Things was easier in the days of claris works ;)

Anyhow, I used Pages yesterday, I had no idea where to set marginals and move around layout elements but once I found them it made quite a lot of sense to have them there they was instead of hidden away in some deep menu where you need to have learnt where it's located to find it.

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3rdalbum Member since:

Re: "Things was easier in the days of Claris Works"

Not really - if you'd given me a Clarisworks document, I wouldn't have been able to have opened it. I used Symantec Greatworks :-)

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Teach students skills not brand names.

The current aproach is to teach a brand name. Students don't learn computers and office programs, they learn Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. This is like teaching all the shop kids to use a hammer but only if it's a B&D #4 hammer with B&D #4 nails.

Students come out of school and sit infront of a machine that isn't Office and they have a panic attack; "but this isn't Word, how can it possible write words?"

Stick them infront of anything but WindowsXP desktop and they can't even figure out how to reach out and touch the bloody mouse.

Teach students how to use word processors not Word. They should use two or three at least during the yer they do word processing, spreadsheets and basic databases (this was Grade10 around here). If a file format can not be opened in multiple word processors; it's not accepted within the schools; sort of like all those government offices deciding that documents to and from constituents should be accessible on more than just Windows/Office crippled systems.

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