I like this CNET prizefight metaphor comparing IE7 and Firefox 2. CNET compares the two browser contenders on Installation Woes, Look and Community, Tabbed Browsing, Cool New Features, and Security and Performance. Firefox wins in every category, with the expert panel of judges scoring the bout
A couple of comments from the Look and Community round of the comparison:
Firefox destroys IE in the extension and plug-in department. There are hundreds of tools for Firefox to enable all manner of customizing. IE has extensions too, but not like Firefox.
Firefox’s open-source status and myriad add-ons give it a community edge over IE 7.
Basically, Firefox encourages tinkering.
John shared that a huge amount of the learning he did which formed the foundation for all his formal education had to do with informal “tinkering.”. . . John now realizes that his ability to pick up new skills today was hugely facilitated by those formative experiences with TINKERING.
Tinkering has come back IN through these virtual participatory architectures: with music, open source software, social networking environments, online games, virtual worlds, etc.
Says Fryer: We need to encourage and empower kids to be TINKERERS again. I recognize that I am a “tinkerer” when it comes to the blogosophere, online software, and computer technology. . . The need to be flexible and adaptable in our learning styles (having a more navigational rather than procedural approach) is certainly important now in our dynamic information environment, and I think it’s safe to bet that “disposition” will continue to provide relevance in the years ahead.
When we think of browsers in schools, do we think of Firefox? When we think of students in schools, do we think of tinkerers?