04 Mar 2009

ZDNet’s Chris Dawson:

However, even iLife has its drawbacks in an educational setting. It simply hands so much to the students that they struggle with software (whether Windows, Linux, or even pro-level software on the Mac) that isn’t so brilliantly plug and play. Yes, iLife rocks in many ways, but the level of spoonfeeding it encourages actually makes me think twice about using it widely, especially at the high school level.

For someone who works in IT for a school system, I’m surprised that Dawson could show such a complete lack of understanding of the technologies in use in his field. He’s almost suggesting that struggling with software “builds character”. At the high school level, iLife may start to get limiting, but the wealth of 3rd party software available for the Mac more than fills the creative void.

(Via Daring Fireball)