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A presentation to the Elgg Conference 2008 on the use of open source software in UK Schools.

A presentation to the Elgg Conference 2008 on the use of open source software in UK Schools.

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  • 1. Open Source in Schools Miles Berry Elgg Conference 1st December 2008
  • 2. Miles Berry Head at Alton Convent Prep Becta ICT in Practice Awards 2006 BCS, Naace, Mirandanet Moodle, Elgg, Drupal, Edubuntu
  • 3. Outline Official Position Applications Advocacy
  • 4. Structure DCFS / SEED / DELLS / DENI Becta (& Ofsted, QCA etc.) RBCs LAs Schools - Governors and Heads Teachers Pupils
  • 5. OGC “UK Government will consider OSS solutions alongside proprietary ones in IT procurements. Contracts will be awarded on a value for money basis.”
  • 6. EDM That this House congratulates the Open University and other schools, colleges and universities for utilising free and open source software to deliver cost-effective educational benefit not just for their own institutions but also the wider community; and expresses concern that Becta and the Department for Education and Skills, through the use of outdated purchasing frameworks, are effectively denying schools the option of benefiting from both free and open source software and the value and experience small and medium ICT companies could bring to the schools market.
  • 7. Becta - TCO
  • 8. Becta - Frameworks Functional Requirements Technical Specifications Invitations to Tender, eg Net worth >£700K D&B risk ≥3 3+ years audited accounts History of major education sector contracts Atomwide - Moodle & Elgg Sirius - SEIF And yet...
  • 9. Open Source Schools “Becta wishes to ensure that schools are aware of and can access the wide variety of open source software in the marketplace. To achieve this it recognises that they must be supported in its awareness, adoption, deployment, use and ongoing development.” Red Hat, Canonical, OSS-Watch, AlphaPlus Coordinate and support the community of schools who use and develop open source
  • 10. BSF Should we be? LA Vision and Strategy for Change ICT Output Specification PfS & LEP ICT as Managed Service Local Choice Fund
  • 11. Infrastructure
  • 12. Web based applications
  • 13. Web based applications Web 2.0 Google Hosting Appliances
  • 14. Open Source on the desktop
  • 15. Portable Kit
  • 16. Advantages of OSS Cost Freedom Philosophy Innovation Tailoring Development Education vs Training Ownership
  • 17. Issues with OSS Procurement = Purchasing Sustainability Support Compatibility Exam Boards
  • 18. Key People Becta RBCs / LAs BSF contractors Governors Heads Network Managers Teachers Pupils
  • 19. Contact details... milesberry.net twitter.com/mberry mberry@bcs.org