After extensive research and reviewing independent research EdWare decided to use Comic Sans fonts in out applications in 2005. We are often asked by digital media professionals and designers why we use this often dismissed font, the answer is simple – kids find it easier to read.
According to research by Michael Bernard, Melissa Mills, Talissa Frank, and Jan McKown – Comic Sans was the best for kids. They had children (ages 9 to 11) read passages in Times New Roman, Courier New, Arial and Comic Sans and evaluated the fonts for ease of reading, attractiveness and desire to have them used in school books. On all three measures, Comic Sans was the winner. The British Dyslexia Association also recommends the of use Comic Sans (among other recommendations).
After considering possible alternatives: Sassoon Primary (no longer recommended by the British Dyslexia Association), Gill Sans Infant, Bembo Infant and Plantin Infant, it was decided to stick with Comic Sans.
“In schools,” says Steve Wozniak, the inventor of the Apple II, “the life span of a desk is 25 years, a textbook is 10 years, and a computer is three years, tops. Which of these devices costs the most to buy and operate? Why, the PC, of course. Which has residual value when its useful life is over? Not the PC–it costs money to dispose of. At least books can be burned for heat. Until technology slows down enough for computing platforms to last long enough to be economically viable, they won’t be truly intrinsic to education.”
Quote from Steve Wozniak when asked recently about the end of Moore’s Law (the idea that the number of transistors on a chip doubles every two years). Published by Technology Review Jan/Feb 2009.
A very interesting article appeared on SiliconRepublic.com today regarding Interactive Whiteboards. According to the article parents pay 90% of the cost of Interactive Whiteboards in Irish schools;
“Efforts of parents rather than the Government are responsible for 90pc of the interactive whiteboards deployed in Irish schools.“
This does not surprise me, although this is not limited to just Ireland either. Newsweek
about 12 months ago reported the great length teachers in the United States were going to get Interactive Whiteboards in their classrooms.
Other interesting developments is a piece reported on by the Irish Independent (from enn.ie) that money currently not spent on school buildings may be diverted to ICT;
“The Irish Independent reports that millions of euro earmarked for school building this year is to be diverted to pay for long-overdue computers in schools. Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe has been sitting on a high-powered report on ICT in schools, prepared by leading industrialists, outlining the need for urgent investment in technology in schools. The report’s recommendations, which include a laptop in every classroom to be phased in from this year, have been awaiting a cash injection. However, the threat to the school building fund has caused anger among the 1,200 schools currently seeking approval to go ahead with major building projects.”