Apples aren’t rotten |

Apples aren’t rotten

Here are some thoughts to ponder in response to “Bad Apples.”

I work with middle school students all day in a lab of 60 Intel-based Macintosh computers at Magnolia Intermediate School in southern Nevada County. My official role is as technology curriculum specialist at the school, which means I work hand-in-hand with 750 students and 30 teachers developing and implementing curriculum.

Our premise is that we don’t teach technology; we teach ancient Egypt, cells, planets, grammar or whatever it is that the teacher is required to impart to the students. We use the technology as the vehicle, not the focus.

The main software we use is the Microsoft Office Suite, which consists of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. These applications are used in about 80 percent of our activities. We use Firefox for Internet browsing. My son, a sophomore at University of California, Berkeley, and my neighbor, working for HP, use the same software on their PCs.

Every day, students transfer Office files to their flash drives to take home to work on their PCs, running MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The applications are almost identical between the platforms.

I also am responsible for maintaining the Macs, which I do throughout the day. I am not sure this would happen as seamlessly in a PC lab. With this kind of implementation, I am having a bit of trouble figuring out where the “bad apples” are.

Jeff Peach

Nevada City

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