Spending a summer with Linux has made me much more aware of seeing our current model of computing from the outside. It’s the same feeling I have when I travel. I don’t think you can really see your own place until you look at it from the outside.
So I’m wondering if the current model of computing that generally is advocated in schools is a reflection of our society:
– based a lot on appearance
Our computers are always growing, becoming more complex and adding new features.
Is this a problem that we have with something like Linux? It’s free so we wonder if it can be trusted? Do we wonder about the quality of the software since it’s as simple as typing:
Sudo apt – get install libre office
Into a terminal window to install a free full featured office suite? Is this less fun than actually going shopping?
The other thing that I found interesting is updates. I picked up my son’s MacBook Pro the other day. He hadn’t run any of the updates for the past month or so and found that his machine needed 2.6 GBs of updates. The next day I ran all of the updates on my Raspberry Pi. While a different scenario obviously, I still thought it was interesting that updating the software on this little machine actually freed up about 300 KBs of space. When was the last time you ran an update on your computer and it actually used less space?
I think when we get stuck on any single model of teaching and learning, it is a challenge to see it from the outside. My summer is a series of thought experiments trying to learn something new and see what we do in a new light.