Hi. I'm a teacher who is about to implement Edubuntu Thin Clients in my classroom. This is my first post here and apologize ahead of time if this is a dup or off-topic.
Though tech-literate, I'm an Ubuntu newbie. I read all over the place for all the necessary info to implement Edubuntu in my classroom and I'm coming up shorthanded. I read debates here about whether Edubuntu ought to have this feature or not. Frankly, to my eyes, these debates are overpopulated by ideologists who push their ideals and that's good, but if we want schools to use Edubuntu we must listen to teachers felt needs, not tell them they don't know what they are talking about! Debating whether teachers need to set limits (put controls) on technology access just turns off educators who know their trade; and another customer is lost. Done with rant.
Please indulge me in this analogy: A well functioning classroom is like a well running car--no parts are missing. For example, I might have all sorts of Ed. software, right hardware, great internet access, fine printing and file servers, know how to take full advantage of Ubuntu educationally, but if I can't find a way to easily manage permissions for groups of users I won't be able to use Ubuntu with classes!
Two solutions come to mind:
--purchased solution: http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/3865/
This is great for some teachers/administrators.
--diy solution: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MinnesotaTeam/Education
This is great for some teachers.
I'm proposing the second. A one-stop wiki not only connects one to all the parts available, but also highlights the parts needing to be created. Here's a page that's attempting this: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ComputerLab
This wiki would connect people like me (teachers who want to use Ubuntu in class) and people like (many of) you who want to see Ubuntu spread like wildfire into schools! I sincerely thank you for all the great software you have inspired, designed and documented.[....]