My son is in 5th grade. A couple years ago he learned how to do a slide show using Power Point. He always wanted it on his home computer but I didn’t want to buy software. I kept putting it off and putting it off. What a bummer for him! I’m stopping him from growing in the computer world because I don’t want to spend money. I figured all he really needs is a word processor. We barely had a typewriter when we were growing up. Not everyone has a computer, right? Can they dock points if they don’t have a computer? It’s rather unfair. But why do I have to be thinking this way? Shouldn’t I be finding ways to give my kid an advantage so he can get ahead in life?
This year he’s doing an ongoing project and his teacher advised him to save it onto a PowerPoint slide show so it would be easier to keep organized and it could hold pictures and writing. We still don’t have it. Then she found another option, to put it in a Word document. Well, he doesn’t have any kind of word processing tool on his computer. On his dad’s computer, it only has Google docs and then on mine, I have an IMac where I have “Pages” as my documents but I don’t print. How were we going to work around this mess and still get my son the best grade possible?
Open Office was our answer. It’s available at no charge. You can get Microsoft Word, Excel *and* Power Point. (I’m lame for not doing it sooner!)