I've been using Microsoft Products since version 1.0 on my Mac in high school. My dad has always been an automation visionary and I was using an old TRS-80 before I had to count my age on two hands.
But, as I've been planning my Dream Computer Lab and Dream Software, I keep hearing suggestions to switch to Open Office. As I have been researching this, I came across an article written today about a person switching to Open Office.
Those who suggest I switch say:
- Open Office does everything that Office does.
- It will save me a lot of money.
- It is something every student can afford who has a computer. Many of my students do not have Microsoft Office because of the expense.
My concerns about switching are:
- Finding an excellent and very strong curricular framework for teaching Open Office.
- Compatibility. Our town is 99.9% Microsoft Office and I want my students to know to use it. Although many colleges use several environments, they all use Microsoft Office.
I really like the idea of saving money, but not sacrificing what is important and creating a lot of headaches for myself. Although I use textbooks as guidelines and not as a sole source for teaching, I've found a really dynamo of a textbook that I am thrilled about for next year.
So, what do you think?
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