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I've been helping at a local primary school recently on Tuesday afternoons with a maths club for talented pupils. On a number of occassions, we have used the school's computer suite (of about 20 RM PCs running Windows 98) for maths games on the internet. When I looked at the software installed on these computers, and the presentations on the wall of some of the pupils' computer artwork (with an American software package with 'color' in the name!) I felt nostalgic for my primary school days of Textease, Dazzle, Draw and Maestro (which I thought was an amazing program - I'd never seen anything like it on my Windows 3.1 machine at home). Not to mention the wonders of Hello World, Textease and Pendown, the Crystal Rainforest and the BBC children's programs like Spywatch (I was the first to play it at my school!). It was also at this school that I was first interested in programming, as it was so accessible through BBC BASIC. Try writing a simple BASIC program in Windows XP! I couldn't help thinking how complicated Windows must be for these pupils compared to how easy I found RISC OS to use when I was at primary school. Now of course, I have to fight for one of 10 remaining Windows 98 PCs if I want relatively trouble free computing at my secondary school. Otherwise I'm stuck with the Windows XP RM 'Community Connect 3' PCs quickly increasing in numbers (help me!).

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 19/3/05 7:23PM
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