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Albany Senior High School is an open source school. We use OSS where possible and practical. This is a slideshow about our journey.

Albany Senior High School is an open source school. We use OSS where possible and practical. This is a slideshow about our journey.

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  • 1. The Open Source School Why is Albany Senior High School an open source school?
  • 2. Our Vision: " Albany Senior High School will be a school where young adults engage enthusiastically in their learning in a caring and challenging community. Graduates will be confident young people who make wise choices and contribute to the world."
  • 3. Open source software helps us achieve our vision:
    • "Engage enthusiastically":
      • real-world, engaging, authentic learning in the classroom
      • using technologies students are comfortable with
    •  
    • "In a caring and challenging learning community":
      • network; connect; collaborate
      • make wise choices
    •  
    • "Contribute to the world":
      • a wide range of creative opportunities/tools
      • give something back
  • 4. What is Open Source Software?
      • Community-developed software that is made available to anyone in the world, free of charge.
      • 'User as developer'
      • Harnesses collective intelligence for the benefit of humankind 
      • Decreases barriers to access
  • 5. What is open source software like ?
    • It's like:
      • free public schools vs. pay-as-you go education
      • free public libraries vs. bookstores
      • Wikipedia vs. Britannica
      • saved seeds vs. terminator technology
  • 6. Why do people use OSS?
      • Cost: "Pay people, not licences."
      • Commitment to openness and community
      • Stability
      • Sustainability
      • Security
      • Intuitive design
      • Flexibility/modularity
      • Good for the soul
  • 7. Have I used OSS?
    • Possibly. Have you used any of these? 70% of the internet's web servers run on the open source Apache platform. If you've used the web, you've used open source software...
  • 8. What else does ASHS use?
    • We use open source software to provide our
    • students the widest range of learning tools possible:
  • 9. Ubuntu
    • "Ubuntu" is an African word that defies translation. 
    •  
    • Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
      • " A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good"
    • Ubuntu is also:
    • a computer operating system
    • an alternative to Windows XP, Vista, or Apple's OS X
    • the operating system installed on our computers  
  • 10. What does Ubuntu look like?
    • Just like any other operating system.
    • It's most similar to Windows XP.
  • 11. It's more about freedom than cost, but..
    • Proprietary Software:
    • MS Vista            ($449)
    • MS Office           ($449)
    • Norton Antivirus ($129)
    • Blackboard        ($80)   
    • E-portfolio         ($25)
    • Inspiration         ($72) 
    • Photoshop         ($1300)
    • Final Cut           ($2000)
    • Maya                 ($4500)
    • Total:             ($9004)                     Every 3 years
    • Open Source Software:
    • Ubuntu                 ($0)‏
    • Open Office          ($0)‏
    • Clam AV               ($0)
    • Moodle                 ($0)‏ 
    • Mahara                 ($0)
    • Freemind              ($0)‏
    • Gimp                    ($0)‏
    • PiTiVi            ($0)
    • Blender                ($0) 
    • Total:               ($0)‏
  • 12. Our Vision: " Albany Senior High School will be a school where young adults engage enthusiastically in their learning in a caring and challenging community. Graduates will be confident young people who make wise choices and contribute to the world."