Empowering Students with Free/Libre Software

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Technology can help us fulfil our schools' missions, and free (libre) and open source software is one way to do that. By giving our students the tools to build, modify and share in the digital world, we truly empower them to shape their world.

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Empowering Students with Free/Libre Software

  1. 1. Empowering Students with Free/Libre Software John Iglar ASB UnPlugged * February 2012 johniglar.net
  2. 2. Begin in the beginning...
  3. 3. The International Community School of Addis Ababa, accredited in the United States, develops the talents and intellects of a multicultural student body using learner-centered, holistic instructional methods, empowering each student to contribute in an evolving world. ICS Mission Statement The International Community School of Addis Ababa, accredited in the United States, develops the talents and intellects of a multicultural student body using learner-centered, holistic instructional methods, empowering each student to contribute in an evolving world.
  4. 4. We inspire all of our students to continuous inquiry, empowering them with the skills, courage, optimism, and integrity to pursue their dreams and enhance the lives of others. ASB Mission Statement We inspire all of our students to continuous inquiry, empowering them with the skills, courage, optimism, and integrity to pursue their dreams and enhance the lives of others.
  5. 5. acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning exercise initiative in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. seeking and evaluating a range of points of view approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities The IB Learner Profile: values The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who... help to create a better and more peaceful world.
  6. 6. What does that mean?
  7. 7. EMPOWER
  8. 8. Teaching the skills of how to use things is important.
  9. 9. Teaching the skills of how to fix, maintain and adjust things is even more important.
  10. 10. When we teach students to use applications and gather information, we are training them to be readers, shoppers, viewers, players: ...consumers.
  11. 11. When we teach students to build and program we are training them to be managers, administrators, controllers: creators.
  12. 12. Program, or be programmed. Choose the former, and you gain access to the control panel of civilization. Choose the latter, and it could be the last real choice you get to make.
  13. 13. FREE
  14. 16. Freedom <ul><li>To use as you wish
  15. 17. To modify
  16. 18. To share
  17. 19. To share your changes </li></ul>
  18. 20. But everybody uses Windows. NOBODY uses Linux!
  19. 21. Top 500 Supercomputer OS
  20. 22. Trying to learn to hack on a Microsoft Windows machine or under any other closed-source system is like trying to learn to dance while wearing a body cast.
  21. 23. Oh, come on. This stuff isn't used by normal businesses or groups.
  22. 24. Open Source Organizations
  23. 26. Free software is a crucial development for the field of education. Anyone with computer programming or design skills, money, resources, or networks, can now take time to improve the general education level of this planet.
  24. 27. But we have to teach the kids Microsoft Office. Everybody uses it!
  25. 28. Productivity Software
  26. 29. “ Over-reliance on a standard ‘office’ application and operating system restricted (students') opportunities to develop generic and transferable skills.” “ Over-reliance on a standard ‘office’ application and operating system restricted (students') opportunities to develop generic and transferable skills.”
  27. 30. Opportunities: Try + Use + Share <ul><li>Use it yourself & with classes </li><ul><li>free/libre software
  28. 31. Linux
  29. 32. Android </li></ul><li>Explore the community </li><ul><li>opensourceschools.org.uk
  30. 33. opensource.com/education
  31. 34. www.schoolforge.net
  32. 35. www.k12opensource.com </li></ul></ul>
  33. 36. Opportunities: Make & Command <ul><li>Teach programming </li><ul><li>scratch.mit.edu
  34. 37. www.alice.org
  35. 38. www.squeakland.org </li></ul><li>Make stuff </li><ul><li>Arduino </li></ul><li>Try free/libre hardware </li><ul><li>Raspberry Pi </li></ul></ul>
  36. 39. Opportunities: Serve the Community <ul><li>Give back </li><ul><li>Code
  37. 40. Documentation
  38. 41. Tutorials </li></ul><li>Connect </li><ul><li>Hackathons
  39. 42. FOSS conferences </li></ul></ul>
  40. 43. We encourage students of any age and situation to read the source code and learn as much as they want to know. Schools that use free software will enable gifted programming students to advance.
  41. 45. Are we
  42. 46. EMPOWERING
  43. 47. our students to
  44. 48. CONTRIBUTE
  45. 49. in an
  46. 50. EVOLVING
  47. 51. world
  48. 52. ?
  49. 54. Do our technology choices
  50. 55. COMMUNICATE
  51. 56. our
  52. 57. VALUES
  53. 58. of
  54. 59. FREEDOM
  55. 60. and
  56. 61. OPENNESS
  57. 62. to our students
  58. 63. ?
  59. 64. What Are We Waiting For?
  60. 65. Works Cited <ul><li>&quot;About ICS.&quot; International Community School of Addis Ababa. Web. 04 Feb. 2012. < http://www.icsaddis.edu.et/page/about-ics >.
  61. 66. Bonk, Curtis Jay. The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009. eBook.
  62. 67. &quot;The GNU General Public License V3.0&quot; The GNU Operating System. Free Software Foundation, 2007. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. < http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html >.
  63. 68. IB Learner Profile Booklet . Cardiff: International Baccalaureate Organisation, 2006. PDF.
  64. 69. The Importance of ICT: Information and Communication Technology in Primary and Secondary Schools, 2005/2008. London: Ofsted 2008. PDF.
  65. 70. &quot;Mission & Core Values.&quot; American School of Bombay. Web. 04 Feb. 2012. < http://www.asbindia.org/page.cfm?p=4730 >.
  66. 71. Raymond, Eric S. &quot;How to Become a Hacker.&quot; How to Become a Hacker. Thyrsus Enterprises, 2001. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. < http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html >.
  67. 72. Rushkoff, Douglas. Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age. New York: Soft Skull, 2011. eBook.
  68. 73. Stallman, Richard M. &quot;Why Schools Should Exclusively Use Free Software - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF).&quot; The GNU Operating System. Free Software Foundation, 2 Oct. 2011. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. < http://www.gnu.org/education/edu-schools.html >. </li></ul>
  69. 74. Images Unless cited otherwise, all photos by John Iglar (CC-By-SA) - j_iglar on flickr.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/j_iglar/ <ul><li>Ebbeson, Bill. Richard Stallman at DTU in Denmark 2007/03/3. Photograph. Wikimedia Commons, 31 Mar. 2007. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. < http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Portrait_-_Denmark_DTU_2007-3-31.jpg >. Public Domain.
  70. 75. Hughes, Ian. Arduino Board. Photograph. Wikimedia Commons, 5 Sept. 2011. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. < http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arduino_board.jpg >. Licensed CC-By.
  71. 76. Iglar, John.
  72. 77. Jerone2. Eric Stephen Raymond. Photograph. Wikimedia Commons, 8 Oct. 2004. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. < http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eric_Steven_Raymond.CUT.png >. Licensed CC-By-SA.
  73. 78. May, Paul. Douglas Rushkoff. Photograph. Wikimedia Commons, 2 Apr. 2009. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. < http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Douglas_Rushkoff.jpg >. Licensed CC-By.
  74. 79. Ridgeway, Stephan. Curtis Bonk as Pirate. Photograph. Flickr, 19 July 2010. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. < http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephanridgway/4807775805/ >. Licensed CC-By. </li></ul>
  75. 80. Links <ul><li>&quot;FOSS.&quot; DoD CIO. Department of Defense. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. < http://dodcio.defense.gov/sites/oss/ >.
  76. 81. &quot;Jobs | Weta Digital.&quot; Weta Digital. Weta Digital, 25 Nov. 2011. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. < http://www.wetafx.co.nz/jobs >.
  77. 82. Majma, Raphael. &quot;New Hampshire Legislature Passes Open-Source Software Bill.&quot; TechPresident. Personal Democracy Media, 10 Feb. 2012. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. < http://techpresident.com/news/21761/new-hampshire-legislature-passes-open-source-software-bill >.
  78. 83. &quot;Opensource.&quot; Intelligent Systems Division. NASA. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. < http://ti.arc.nasa.gov/opensource/ >.
  79. 84. Shankland, Stephen. &quot;How Linux Saved Amazon Millions - CNET News.&quot; Technology News - CNET News. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. < http://news.cnet.com/2100-1001-275155.html >.
  80. 85. &quot;Software Protection Initiative - Lightweight Portable Security.&quot; Software Protection Initiative - Main. Department of Defense, 15 June 2011. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. < http://www.spi.dod.mil/lipose.htm >.
  81. 86. &quot;Time to Dispel Open Source Myths, Says Liam Maxwell &quot; The Guardian. The Guardian, 10 Feb. 2012. Web. 13 Feb. 2012. < http://www.guardian.co.uk/government-computing-network/2012/feb/10/open-source-software-standards-liam-maxwell?newsfeed=true >.
  82. 87. &quot;TOP500 - Statistics.&quot; TOP500 - Sublist Generator. Top500.org, Nov. 2011. Web. 12 Feb. 2012. < http://i.top500.org/stats >. </li></ul>
  83. 88. johniglar.net
  84. 89. Empowering Students with Free/Libre Software by John Iglar is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License .

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