We're indoctrinating our entire population into thinking that they can't function without the miracle (**spits) of Zoom/MS Teams/Google Hangouts/Webex, etc. Well, that's bullshit. Talk about sowing learned helplessness & foreign corporate dependence. Why aren't our national educational authorities (yes, NZ Min of Ed, looking at you) organising a far more cost-effective, proven, *local* services for education, like using BigBlueButton? They have *no idea* what they're doing with regard to tech.
If our Min of Ed invested in this on a national level, I'm supremely confident that they'd save money, in addition to removing a major contributor to trade imbalance, and breaking a dependence on foreign organisations, a threat to NZer privacy & sovereignty, & improve the tax take (services would be provided by NZ-based companies & individuals, subject to NZ tax!) . Moreover, it'd increase skills in NZ's tech industry, create good jobs & allow NZ learners an active role in their own education.
@lightweight because lazy. It's a known solution they can "roll out" with the least effort. I mean, none.
It makes me angry also.
@swansinflight they had time to come up with a better solution since last year. But they didn't. Because they don't have a single person on staff who's capable of making an informed decision, even though they *exist* to be educators. They seem to have zero motivation to seek out knowledge. I don't respect that attitude.
@lightweight correct. Though, surely the point would be to hire someone in an IT field to sort this out, like it's literally not an educators job to know this stuff? I feel like they'd just go the usual MS route though anyway, because salepeople freakn everywhere.. mmm. Dunno.
@swansinflight and yes, our gov't needs to take a LOT more notice of vested/pecuniary interests of people it consults. I think the NZ gov't is effectively corrupted by its indifference.
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