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Open source software in public education  what's the holdup
Open source software in public education  what's the holdup
Open source software in public education  what's the holdup
Open source software in public education  what's the holdup
Open source software in public education  what's the holdup
Open source software in public education  what's the holdup
Open source software in public education  what's the holdup
Open source software in public education  what's the holdup
Open source software in public education  what's the holdup
Open source software in public education  what's the holdup
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Open source software in public education what's the holdup

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  • 1. Open Source Software in Public Education: What's the Holdup? Samuel Coleman Barriers and Ways Around Them
  • 2. Discussion Points <ul><li>18 wheelers and pickups </li></ul><ul><li>No one gets fired for buying Macrohard </li></ul><ul><li>Brand doesn't equal Need </li></ul><ul><li>Follow the HERD </li></ul><ul><li>Ignorance is costly </li></ul><ul><li>Eating Out or Learning to Cook </li></ul><ul><li>Remember Gulliver </li></ul>
  • 3. 18 wheelers and pickups <ul><li>Small Organizations tend to be more nibble </li></ul><ul><li>Large Organizations tend to be less nibble </li></ul>
  • 4. No one gets fired for buying Macrohard <ul><li>IT professional are under pressure to provide “SAFE” (familiar) technology solutions. </li></ul>
  • 5. Brand doesn't equal Need <ul><li>Heinz </li></ul><ul><li>Mc Donalds </li></ul><ul><li>Disney </li></ul><ul><li>Apple </li></ul><ul><li>Nike </li></ul><ul><li>Tiger Woods </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Jordan </li></ul><ul><li>Ketchup </li></ul><ul><li>Hamburgers </li></ul><ul><li>Amusement Park </li></ul><ul><li>Computers </li></ul><ul><li>Shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Golf </li></ul><ul><li>Basketball </li></ul>
  • 6. Follow the HERD <ul><li>What does the following list have in common? </li></ul><ul><li>Vi </li></ul><ul><li>Emacs </li></ul><ul><li>TeX/LaTeX </li></ul><ul><li>The Electric Pencil </li></ul><ul><li>Word Star </li></ul><ul><li>Word Perfect </li></ul><ul><li>Word </li></ul>
  • 7. Ignorance is costly <ul><li>Remember the DeLorean, VW bug, Yugo, Toyota </li></ul>
  • 8. Eating Out or Learning to Cook <ul><li>Proprietary Software – Requires a school system to adapt there needs to the functionality and licensing of the software. </li></ul><ul><li>FOSS – Allows a school system to adapt software to its unique needs: software and hardware upgrade cycles, variety of course offers, opportunities to collaborate with institutes of higher learning. </li></ul><ul><li>You have the choice to do either or based on the need </li></ul>
  • 9. Remember Gulliver <ul><li>There is strength in numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source becomes more viable one application at a time </li></ul>
  • 10. Time Horizons affect persective <ul><li>Student </li></ul><ul><li>Parent </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Principal </li></ul><ul><li>District Staff </li></ul><ul><li>IT Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Board Member </li></ul><ul><li>13 years </li></ul><ul><li>13 years </li></ul><ul><li>Tenured </li></ul><ul><li>At Will Employee </li></ul><ul><li>At Will Employee </li></ul><ul><li>At Will Employee </li></ul><ul><li>Until next election </li></ul>
  • 11. Toehold Applications vs High Cost Alternatives <ul><li>Open Office Suite </li></ul><ul><li>GIMP </li></ul><ul><li>Blender </li></ul><ul><li>QCAD </li></ul><ul><li>Scribus </li></ul><ul><li>Portable Apps </li></ul><ul><li>Kino </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office Suite </li></ul><ul><li>Photoshop </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe Illustrator </li></ul><ul><li>CAD </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Publisher </li></ul><ul><li>? </li></ul><ul><li>iMovie </li></ul>

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