On Wed, 2003-12-31 at 09:06, garry saddington wrote:
Has anyone seen the test - bed program?
27 million pounds for 5 secondary schools and associated feeder schools ought
to ensure that they get the right answers!
Makes you wonder how they justify 27 million on a bit of minor research
(on the global scale of things) and then put nothing into FLOSS
development that has the potential to save millions. Of course research
is not normally controversial.
Some time ago I emailed this program to ask if any of
the testbed schools were
using open source solutions - guess what the answer was. Is this in breach of
the e-envoy's rules? I also offered to help them by becoming a testbed, so
far I have not recieved a reply.
Its simply missing an important opportunity. Personally I would rather
they put say 10% of the research money into FLOSS development instead
because thre has already been tons of research and very little
conclusive coming out of it on learning. There are too many variables
and too rapid technological change to be really scientific about the
effect of ICT on learning. If we believe its good to use ICT, then let's
just get on with it and invest the money in things that lower the cost
and make it available to more people.
We can all be thankful to Becta for this one also:
Such a wise institution charged with protecting UK educational ICT falling for
one of Microsoft's well documented lock-in tactics - surely not?
On new year's eve I sit comfortable in the knowledge that the future of our
ICT provision is in such safe hands. Happy new year to all.
ps. The laptop spec problem could have been due to a misguided attempt to
protect us from the inevitable sharks (AKA suppliers) that prey on UK