I am always researching how Linux and open source software are used in a classroom or education setting. I like to stay up to date with any developments. In reading countless blog posts, Google Slides presentation, and discussion threads, I’ve found a few patterns. Two points in particular are often brought up and used as the focus for the argument of “Why Choose Linux.” Linux is free and Linux works on old hardware.
These points aren’t wrong, but shouldn’t be the focus of the argument. They leave Linux to be interpreted as a free/lesser alternative to Windows or OSX. An option for cash strapped schools that need to run anything on old hardware. When the comparison becomes just about saving money, you cheapen the perception of Linux.
What points should you bring up instead? Continue reading The Argument for Linux in Education