I’m : a programmer, writer, podcaster, geek, and coffee enthusiast.

However, even iLife has its drawbacks in an educational setting. It simply hands so much to the students that they struggle with software (whether Windows, Linux, or even pro-level software on the Mac) that isn’t so brilliantly plug and play. Yes, iLife rocks in many ways, but the level of spoonfeeding it encourages actually makes me think twice about using it widely, especially at the high school level.

An IT director for a Massachusetts school district, via John Gruber, who translates:

So the problem with Apple’s iLife apps is that they’re too good, and kids never learn that they need to struggle with technical issues before using software to express themselves creatively.

I hate to copy John twice in one day (I like to maintain the illusion that I can find my own content), but this was far too good to pass on.