1 - Numerous studies have shown that students are more creative and more productive with Macs than with PCs.
9 - All current Macs can natively run Windows (all versions, including Vista) and its software, for FREE. Files can also be moved cross-platform! PC computers cannot similarly run Mac software.
10-Macs can read PC Pen Drives/PC Zips/PC CDs/PC diskettes without any additional software. (This means that students with a PC at home can bring to school almost any document, and these documents can be used and edited on the Mac. Similarly, they can convert their Pages/AppleWorks document into a PC version to be brought back to their home computer. PCs do not offer this degree of flexibility and ease of translation.)
11-All OS 9.x and 10.x Macs can easily be set to automatically update their OS software from an Apple website. (PC’s have tried this idea as well, but do not do as thorough a job of it — e.g. in the area of drivers.)
12-With OS X Macs have the power and flexibility of UNIX software with an easy to use graphic interface.
13-With Mac OS X servers, the system administrator can update their one Mac server, which immediately updates the system software of all Macs on their network (NetBoot). Again, this cannot be done on the Windows servers often used by school districts.
14-Apple Servers are more secure than Windows servers. (Nationwide experience shows that there are significantly fewer hacks onto Mac servers by students than onto PC servers.)
15-If your school district already has an investment in Mac hardware, software and training, this money and effort will be seriously undermined by standardizing on PCs.
16-Considerably more important than having a “Windows experience” is that students learn keyboarding, master word processing, can create spreadsheets and charts, can put together multimedia projects, have expertise with working on the Internet, develop an ability to use the computer as a powerful tool, etc.,etc. Learning all of these important skills is easier on a Mac.
17-There is an unusually strong community among Mac users. Why does this make a difference to educators? Well, take our NC area as an example. A Mac users group was specifically started here with the intention of providing a resource for free extra training for teachers and students. They have had monthly meeting for some eight years now. No such PC group exists.
18-Apple is very motivated to expand on its business with schools, and as such is willing to negotiate any issue.
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