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Gran Canaria Desktop Summit: a Study in Contrasts

Jul 07, 2009, 16:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Glyn Moody for this link. ]

"As the Sugar Labs site puts it: "emphasis on learning through doing and debugging: more engaged learners are able to tackle authentic problems." That is, free software gives the unique possibility of allowing students to explore and modify their tools, whereas Windows- based solutions are simply used as given, with little flexibility.

"I think this is a crucial point that not enough people in the world of education grasp. For them, software is simply a dumb tool, like a pencil: you just use it. For Bender, it's something much more exciting: it is part of the educational experience. If a learner can't hack it, it's not fit for the purpose."

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