This week a fellow member of the faculty where I work suggested that our use of Open Office with students was actually prohibiting those students from getting employment when they left our school. The colleague went on to say that they had been laughed out of a regional transition coordinator’s meeting when they mentioned that we use Open Office with our students. I’m curious if you’ve got any information regarding the acceptance of Open Office vs. Microsoft Office and whether students are more or less likely to find employment as a result of using one rather than the other. In my mind they’re so similar that there is no substantial difference. If you’ve never heard of Open Office I have provided a link to their site where you can download it for free. It works on the Windows, Macintosh, Unix and Linux platforms. I think it’s a great product, but apparently some of my colleagues think I’m out of the loop.
I’ve been teaching and working with low income students for nearly twenty years and Open Office is one of those products that levels the playing field for low income children. You can tell I’m prejudiced I know. I need some help and I’m counting on you to help educate me or educate my peers.
I personally prefer Open Office to Microsoft Office and I routinely recommend it to my customers and still will despite this disagreement. I’d appreciate it if you’d be willing to provide information for me in this discussion and if you can send or leave a link on this blog I’d really appreciate it.