[Its.an.education.project] Sugar on the EEE PC
walter.bender at gmail.com
Thu May 8 08:27:34 EDT 2008
On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 8:27 AM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'll be getting my hands on a one2onemate next week. I'll report back
> what I learn, but I wouldn't condemn it site unseen. At the very
> least, it is Linux based, suggesting that ideas for improvement can be
> On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 4:20 AM, Albert Cahalan <acahalan at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 3:17 AM, Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > On Thu, May 8, 2008 at 2:25 AM, Albert Cahalan <acahalan at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > Bernie Innocenti writes:
> > >>> http://www.one2onemate.com/
> > >>
> > >> This is optimized for teacher thinking. They win. :-(
> > >
> > > Yuck. Surely you are joking... I find it hard to be
> > > inspired by any aspect of that machine.
> > I'm definitely not joking, and not at all inspired.
> > This machine makes me cringe; it totally reminds me
> > of what I got as a kid in the USA. (updated for 2008)
> > From time to time, you get "computer day". It could be
> > a few times a year or once a week. Most likely this is
> > decided by the teacher, who must then try to reserve the
> > computers for the desired day. At the beginning of class,
> > somebody delivers the equipment to the classroom.
> > In general, nobody gets much time with the computers.
> > It certainly isn't yours; you can't keep any personal
> > data on it. You're lucky when the computer you get handed
> > has not been vandalized by a previous user.
> > Nothing much useful happens with the computers. Using them
> > means that the school can keep kids occupied while being
> > able to claim that they are providing computer education.
> > Shared computers are cheap.
> > >> The GUI and apps are superior, at least from the viewpoint of
> > >> a school system. You get an Excel-compatible spreadsheet,
> > >> a Word-compatible word processor, Tux Paint, Flash player, and a
> > >> desktop that hasn't been inspired to the point of unusability.
> > >
> > > While it is true they have a spreadsheet and crude typing tutor,
> > > both GUI and apps seem pretty awful.
> > That may be, but it sure beats what the XO is shipping with.
> > I think you see the XO's software with rose-tinted glasses.
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