The Intel Education Technical Team needs your input! They’re exploring classroom use of different web browsers. A review of Engage community data from the last six months shows that the most popular browser used for accessing the community is Internet Explorer (Figure 1 below), and the most popular version is version 6 (Figure 2 below).
Is this different than your use in the classroom or for any your other job functions?
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Thank you very much for your input!
Here is an interesting article related to this discussion that wonders if the "battle between browsers" is over.
There has been some positive movement in the rural schools where I live. I know that IE9, Firefox and even Chrome are now being installed and available for use. Students and staff are now able to have the option between two browsers. I know that some browsers create problems for some online school management systems, so it's a good thing to have that option now available.
I would say it is about 1/2 IE and 1/2 Firefox. Most Mac users use Safari. There is a small movement toward Chrome. I never use Internet Explorer. I find it sometimes does not play well with some Web 2.0 tools. I use Firefox, followed by Safari and Chrome. Sometimes I use AOL Browser. Teachers are able to download browsers, but many do not.
Thanks for all the replies! I know I base my browser choices on a combination of personal interface preference and organizational requirements (some of our web-based tools only play well in IE). For those of you who have a choice, do you know of resources that could help choose the best browser for a particular activity or task?
i use my macbook pro, so i use firefox to access engage. i use it almost exclusively. however, i use safari if firefox is down or having issues. when i use my iPad, iPod touches or iPhone (i'm a bit of a mac maniac), i use safari, of course. when i'm at school though, (we're PC), i use IE (not sure about the version--i'll look). i prefer firefox, probably b/c of my mac. and, for some reason, IE doesn't work well with my class's PBWorks wiki on my dell latitude laptop, so when accessing it, my students use firefox. so...i'm a bit multi-browser. firefox is probably my favorite. but...engage does load kind of slowly on my mac laptop, so maybe it's a browser issue---i'm going to try to logon at school using IE and see if there's a difference.
My students use firefox and IE. Firefox works better with pbworks (as Lisa pointed out). I used to use firefox but when I last upgraded (about 6 months ago) there were glitches, so I started using Google Chrome. We use Safari on the iPads and iTouch. Google Chrome is not compatible with our district's Gradebook program (frustrating) and is mostly compatible with our district webmail.
So, we are a multi-browser community.
Jump in on the conversation here. It is interesting to see what schools are doing worldwide over something as unassuming as a browser. Yet it has such impact on what you can view on the Web. I am glad to see that schools seems to be keeping up with the latest browsers if they do lock them down. And many schools are allowing multiple browsers. Let us know your district's policy
We mostly use Google Chrome and some use Mozilla Firefox. Interestingly enough the internal budget programs and student reporting software are only available for IE and not even the latest version. Ah, well...at least we can use whichever we want. Most of the districts we serve choose one to support but allow others.
My situation is alot like yours. I like to use Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in the classrooms; however, my district supports only IE8 for payroll, benefits, finance, procurement, human resources, assest inventory, classroom teacher evaluations, teacher web pages, student assessment and student records.
We actually use a variety of browsers because different sites have different requirements and do not easily tranfer between browsers. So, we use IE8 (XP)and IE9 (Win7), Firefox, and Chrome. Some users also use Safari. Though supporting different browsers is sometimes a bit tedious, I have found that more they use different browsers, the more likely they are to try and solve issues themselves. It has also led to them trying multiple programs for other tasks as well: MS Office, Open Office, iWork, etc.
We used to have a policy of downloading "nonstandard" software, but things change so much and so frequently that we have all but abandoned any kind of "good list/bad list." I basically let my folks install what they want, but they know they might not get support for software they add to a computer.
In Pakistan the scenario is different as there are 5 provinces and each has there own management strategies, the province i work is Punjab which has 6000 high schools, out of these 1790 schools have N- computing technology labs, with 15 computers and one server having wi-fi environment, but administrator the IT lab incharge has no rights to allow the user or use her self, hence no browsing, govt deptt education site and yahoo can be accessed by the administrator but google can not be accessed. where ever intel trainings are conducted i have approached the N computing labs security and have obtained the access for the studnets and teachers , and they have enjoyed working . But some schools do allow during trainings but as soon the trainings are over there is again no access.To date the schools working with full browsing are tentatively 30% , but now IT teachers them selves try to get feed back from collegues and now do have access to browsing more. The browser used is Mozilla firefox
I use FIrefox and Chrome equally at work. I, however, also have an OLD Firefox 3.6 version I am required to use for ALL data reviews for the district and my school. This becomes frustrating when my school's IT person reminds me that I should NOT be using the Old Firefox version. These others are used less commonly: Safari, Flock, Opera, and Camino.