Friday, March 17, 2006
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.