Mac consultant John Droz, who runs an education oriented
Macs or PCs Web site is seeking information on
CCC-Success Maker, a reading and math assistance series of programs.
Despite a premium price, the software has many restrictions, he said. For example, network servers cannot have both Mac and Windows clients, it doesn’t support Netboot (which enables users to configure and update multiple Mac systems instantly by updating a central server) and conflicts with Mac Manager, Droz added. Mac Manager lets users set network-wide policies for controlling user access to applications, file server volumes, and printers; define the environment users see when they log-in; enable personal desktop access from anywhere on the network; enforce user policies controlling which applications, documents, file server volumes, CDs and printers the user can access.
“After investing big bucks on Success Maker a few years ago, our local district has had a variety of computer compatibility problems with it (on both Macs and PCs),” Droz said. “I am evaluating the situation, but I am a computer consultant, not an expert in K-12 software. Furthermore, from doing some preliminary research, it is apparent that there are many other schools that are also interested in this subject.”
If you work in a school system that has had experience with Success Maker and would like to help Droz in his research, he needs answers to the following questions: Has your system used Success Maker on Macs or PCs? What type of network does your school have? Have you had any issues with Success Maker and Novell networks? What other alternatives for Success Maker on Macs are there? What are the pros and cons of these alternatives? What are teacher’s views about the overall merits of using Success Maker as a learning aide?
“Any other info or site references would be greatly appreciated,” Droz said. “Anyone that has information can
e-mail me directly.”