I now find myself in a rather exciting situation. I am working with an organization that is considering launching an education-targeted, Linux-based netbook system. [...]
I am looking for a decent suite of educational and fun software — for student, parent and teacher — that might be bundled with such a system.
I think you know this well, but I’ll still start off with this comment – computers don’t teach people, people teach people. Its very hard to say what should be on your machine without knowing more about the context – age, geography, educational goals, institutional settings, connectivity, etc.
Still, this is a blog post, so we need a list:
- Think of learning / teaching as knowledge work. what tools do knowledge workers need? a browser, an office suite, some tools for graphical organisation of ideas and concepts, creative tools (e.g. image processing, sketching, video editing)
- People teach people, so give the people who teach the freedom and the support to choose their tools. make them the designers of the learning experience.
- Beware of flashy e-learning software with over-hyped interface and hyper-conservative learning philosophy or vice versa.