Using Open Source Technologies in the Classroom to Assist with STEM Growth in Urban Schools

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Using Open Source Technologies in the Classroom to Assist with STEM Growth in Urban Schools

Maurice Dawson, College of Business and Public Affairs, Alabama A&M University
Imad Al Saeed, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Colorado Technical University
Jorja Wright, College of Business, Florida Institute of University


Abstract: As more urban schools continue to lose critical funding to stay alive it is essential that the students continue to remain competitive in the global market. The graduation rates of urban schools in many areas are lower than the national average. And the overall rankings globally are not in. As part of the lower graduation rates in urban schools can be attributed to issues in the household other issues are prevalent. When students of these urban schools graduate it can be assumed that their technology competitiveness in the national and global market is not completive. It is essential to get these students able to compete in needed fields of engineering and computer science as our nation is actively working hard to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. As the United States of America (USA) is continually seeking to maintain a strong hold in technology innovation and an effective cyber infrastructure it is clear that without the appropriate personnel to fill slots we will not achieve our goals. Our plan is to use innovative methods to prepare a generation that has been under represented with the appropriate skillets to meet an ever growing demand. With technology costs also continuously rising Open Source Software (OSS) is a solution that allows these students to maximize their technology learning experience.

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Using Open Source Technologies in the Classroom to Assist with STEM Growth in Urban Schools

  1. 1. Using Open Source Technologies in the Classroom to Assist with STEM Growth in Urban Schools Dr. Maurice Dawson1 , Dr. Imad Al Saeed2 , & Ms. Jorja Wright3 1 Alabama A&M University (United States), 2 Colorado Technical University (United States), & 3 Florida Institute of Technology (United States) Abstract As more urban schools continue to lose critical funding to stay alive it is essential that the students continue to remain competitive in the global market. The graduation rates of urban schools in many areas are lower than the national average. And the overall rankings globally are not in. As part of the lower graduation rates in urban schools can be attributed to issues in the household other issues are prevalent. When students of these urban schools graduate it can be assumed that their technology competitiveness in the national and global market is not completive. It is essential to get these students able to compete in needed fields of engineering and computer science as our nation is actively working hard to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. As the United States of America (USA) is continually seeking to maintain a strong hold in technology innovation and an effective cyber infrastructure it is clear that without the appropriate personnel to fill slots we will not achieve our goals. Our plan is to use innovative methods to prepare a generation that has been under represented with the appropriate skillets to meet an ever growing demand. With technology costs also continuously rising Open Source Software (OSS) is a solution that allows these students to maximize their technology learning experience. Oracle Virtual Box: Virtualization Blender: 3D Content Creation Suite You can use any typeface you like and at any size but be sure to use font sizes that enable people to view and read the contents of the poster at an arm’s length. Making Use of SourceForge With websites such as SourceForge, there are over 3.4 million developers participating in the development of over 324,000 projects. With these projects there is a group of developers that develop, deploy, and maintain these projects. Libre Office To insert an image to your poster go to INSERT>PICTURE>FROM FILE. Be sure the photo is of sufficient resolution for quality printing, but not so large as to create a PPT file that is > 1 MB. Edubuntu The Edubuntu OS, which has roots in South Africa, is being utilized by the Republic of Macedonia in all K-12 schools. With software packages such as LibreOffice students and faculty have the ability to perform similar functions as those found in the Microsoft Office suite without having to spend any money to obtain the software . SOFA Stats: Statistical Analysis The blue headers are used to identify and separate the main topics of your presentation. The most commonly used headers in poster presentations are: Contact Information To start using this template you first need to delete most of the contents of this page. Keep the poster title and one of the blue section headers. Department of Management and Marketing College of Business and Public Affairs P.O. Box 429 Normal, Alabama 35762 256.372.4801 www.aamu.edu Point of Contact: Dr. Maurice Dawson Jr. Maurice.dawson@aamu.edu Backtrack R53: Offensive & Defensive Security Cutting Edge Technologies in Higher Education Series Maurice Eugene Dawson, Imad Al Saeed (2012), Use of Open Source Software and Virtualization in Academia to Enhance Higher Education Everywhere, in Charles Wankel, Patrick Blessinger (ed.) Increasing Student Engagement and Retention Using Immersive Interfaces: Virtual Worlds, Gaming, and Simulation (Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education, Volume 6), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.283-313 Open Source Programming Languages: Python & Ruby Edubuntu Fedora Spins: Fedora Scientific

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