Get Your Head in the Cloud! Cloud Computing and Open Source Tools for Teachers
Get Your Head in the Cloud!
Cloud Computing and Open
Source Tools for Teachers
Presented by Kevin Pitts and Jennifer Peters-Lise
Teaching and Learning with Technology Day
March 1, 2010 | Markham Campus
Cloud Computing and Open Source?
Cloud = Internet
Computing = applications you would use on a computer:
Office software, Web pages, Quizzes, Video creating/editing
It's like moving your computer software and storage
No downloading, updating/upgrading - you just visit a
website to create and save.
Open Source = computer software for which the source
code is freely available
programmers will often modify and build upon
Cloud Computing - yea!
Increased collaboration - can even edit together in real time
Increased sharing - anyone can access or just users you
Files are hosted online for you - you don't have to worry about
finding server space
Portable - don't have to save your work onto a flash drive just
sign in to the website and it's there
In many applications you can revert to a previous version if
there are any issues
Cloud Computing - boo!
Software can be clunky and pared down
Some providers are unreliable (lost files)
Work is stored on someone else's server which could
cause issues (e.g. The Patriot Act)
Editing a document with others could be risky
how much can you trust them?
Open Source - yea!
can be as good or better than proprietary software
less restrictions (EULA, DRM) - you can use the
software in any way
enable "unlimited tuning and improvement of a software
Open Source - boo!
might be a bit tricky for novice users (installing,
updating, lack of help documentation, etc.)
might be buggy (but anything can be buggy,
remember Windows Vista?)
no tech support to call
software might be clunky and pared down
How we used cloud and open source tools for Tech Day
Some popular tools...
Google Docs post your slides online
Word processing, Slides,
Spreadsheets, Forms (for Flickr, Photobucket
quizzes, surveys, post your photos online
invitations, etc) SeneMa,YouTube, Vimeo,
Gmail, Calendar TeacherTube, etc.
Maps, Earth post your videos online
VoiceThread, Yahoo Media
Slides post your voice online
Wordpress communicate online
website wikis, collaborative sites
course management system broadcast live
(like Blackboard but open Animoto
source) create a video in 5 min
voice recording and editing links to many open source
Screencast-O-Matic, Jing, tools for teachers
screencasts - create a demo create a class blog or
from your computer webpage
Project Gutenberg, Google
Tools for Teaching
Group Collaboration Web Conferencing
Blogger Content/Learning Objects
CMS Google/Google Books
Moodle Project Gutenberg
Sakai Google Books
Video Open Courseware
YouTube/TeacherTube Academic Earth