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Thursday, 04 June 2009 | 4 Comments

The NSW DET will shortly equip Year 9 students with a Lenovo S10e netbook as part of a program called “Laptops for Learning” (L4L). To me, if we are going to do this – then it’s time to include some good software on these machines and help out schools who cannot afford some of the more exciting applications.

Yesterday, the DET Intranet was updated to list the Software Specifications for these new machines. Under Maths Applications it lists:

- WinKMT Chess

This list look a little short to you? Me too.

Shame, I had sent some of my suggestions through to the Maths Curriculum people… and was hoping we would see some applications across all the strands of the syllabus.

Microsoft Maths may be the answer, I’m not sure, I have no experience with it. But just looking at the screenshots, it looks a little bit complex for the students I’m dealing with. For instance, for a graphing application, I like the simplicity and clarity of Graph. Microsoft Maths seems to want to bundle that up in a graphics calculator interface.

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