Friday, March 17, 2006

Web 0.2

I'm sure that some of you have heard of web 2.0, i.e. the next generation of internet in which people take a more active role in actually contributing material. Well, stuff that, we have web 0.2 in which we struggle with a connection which is running at 14,400 kbs. This means that we have to wait minutes at a time to get to a new page. For those new to this, the experience is frustrating.

I just did a head count and out of the 17 people in the class I think just 7 are following what the instructor is saying (see previous post).

I know that Cool Cat Teacher says that we should make the most of what we have and I usually agree with that philosophy but there are limits. Considering that this is a school dedicated to teaching computer skills I think that this is a disgrace. Although the computers are old with pretty poor specs they are perfectly adequate for using Word, Excel etc. However, when it comes to teaching people about how to use the internet the speed of the connection is unacceptable. They've simply done this to cut costs rather than for any pressing technical reason.

The worst part of all this is that people who are new to the web will go away with the impression that it is slow and boring and definititely not worth the hassle.


The SeaWitch said...

Hey TeacherDude! I didn't know you had a blog...I found my way here through Diva's site.

I also think it's a disgrace that your computer school is so underequipped. It's like learning how to drive a car by reading about it. Does this school charge students to learn or is it a non-profit govt. funded thing? If they're charging for lessons, then they most definitely should have better PCs and software.

teacher dude said...

Hi Seawitch, I love your blog.

The school run OAED courses so they're funded by the state. Alright the computers are oldish but adequate for most stuff, but on the internet it's like 1996 !!!

Also you wouldn't believe the scams they're pulling.

The SeaWitch said...

You honestly think I wouldn't believe the scams they're running?? LOLOL I live in Greece too you know! hahaha