[clug] Linux on new school computers

Christopher Yeoh cyeoh at ozlabs.org
Wed Nov 28 01:57:35 GMT 2007

On Wed, 28 Nov 2007 12:21:23 +1100 (EST)
Adam Jenkins <adam at snorkel.rtfm.net.au> wrote:

> handouts or purchases of hardware because politicans can.  Then there's
> the whole argument that if kids like playing with computers and it gets
> them in the classroom, then it must be a Good Thing and better than trying
> to fight with them to learn history, maths or other such outdated things
> that won't help them in the real world like being able to update facebook
> pages or play multiplayer RPGs.

Hey MMORPGs can provide great training for working in groups - providing
lessons on how working well together can be beneficial, and what happens
when you don't! If you look slightly deeper than the surface of an MMORPG,
beyond just it being a group of wizards and dwarves fighting a bunch of evil
monsters, you'll see a lot of analogies to teams working together
in a business type environment - eg emergence of leadership within groups,
specialisation of skills etc.

Now if they just changed it so you had to solve a few equations
every time you wanted throw a fireball...... ;-)

Its ok for learning to be *fun*.

Christopher Yeoh <cyeoh at ozlabs.org>

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