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Laptop Institute
Memphis, Tennessee
July 21, 2009
by Zal (nbteacher@gmail.com)



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  • 1. Open Source Software Free Software Web 2.0 Applications July 21, 2009
  • 2. Why bring up this topic?
  • 3. In the Province of New Brunswick, a lot of money is spent on hardware and software Hardware needs to be updated usually because of compatibility issues, not because of technical issues
  • 4. Every teacher (7,000) has a government supplied laptop HP with MS Windows XP MS Office 2007 Email Account Anti-Virus and other software
  • 5. By the way...
    • Concerts in NB
      • AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, the Eagles
    • 730,000 residents
      • 64% English speaking, 33% French speaking
    • Louis B. Mayer (MGM), Donald Sutherland, David Adams Richards, Lyman Ward
    • Cruise ship destination (even the Queen Mary)
    • Largest oil refinery in Canada before it was 2x in size... and another will be built - 1 st in NA in 25 yrs
  • 6. We had a number of laptop schools (grades 8-9) but the program has been scrapped ($) Every school in the province has wireless internet Every student in the province has an email account Every school has a fair complement of laptop computers and regular PC labs We have “mobile” labs that can be booked out It seems that Apple products are not really supported The City of Fredericton is completely covered by free wireless internet We were the 1 st jurisdiction in the world with full fibre optic connectivity
  • 7. Our central repository for information and collaboration is on what we call the NB DOE Portal (or the Portal) Created using MS Sharepoint Designer
  • 8. Sharepoint is costing us a fortune
  • 9. Teachers aren't using it to share curriculum
  • 10. Teachers use Google to find resources
  • 11. Teachers use Web 2.0 for their PLNs
  • 12. The “Free” way, in our case, is superior than what we pay for
  • 13. We communicate with each other primarily via email although we can also use Microsoft Office Communicator, Interwise and SMART Bridgit software
  • 14. A few dozen courses are offered via distance education (for high school students) This is done by using Desire2Learn
  • 15. We spend a lot of money for MS licenses Windows XP – Vista Microsoft Sharepoint MS Outlook Web Access We spend a lot of other software Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop Macromedia Dreamweaver, Fireworks McAfee Anti-Virus, Interwise communications, etc
  • 16. Get the picture? We are spending a lot of money on software and user rights Teachers are not flocking towards the Portal for information and especially collaboration The majority of teachers (dare I say 85%) will only use MS Office for Word and Powerpoint They love their laptops but want a way to get their work done and not as interested in what program they use to do this
  • 17. So, I bring up Open Source software Free software and Web 2.0 apps
  • 18. Why? I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but if we weren't spending this large amount of money on software, couldn't we provide more hardware/tools to the students?
  • 19. Provide more hardware with your budget while accomplishing the same quality of work
  • 20. Land of the Free Free Speech Free Stuff Free Hot Dogs Free Software Free Beer! Land of the Free Free Speech
  • 21.  
  • 22. Purchasing Software Usually you buy the rights to use those zeros and ones... not ownership of them
  • 23. Buying Software
    • You can't access the source code
      • Want to make it more usable? You can't
      • Want to fix a bug? You can't
    • You can't give software to your friends
      • You can't do this legally
    • When it doesn't work quite right
      • You need to wait for a fix or an update
  • 24.
    • The alternative?
  • 25. Open Source Free Software Web 2.0 Applications
  • 26. What is Free Open Source Software?
    • You CAN access the source code
      • Want to make it more usable? You CAN
      • Want to fix a bug? You CAN
    • You CAN give software to your friends
      • You CAN do this legally
    • When it doesn't work quite right
      • You CAN download the most stable version
      • You CAN download the bleeding edge version
  • 27. Ultimately...
    • Source codes are freely accessible and modifiable
    • Anybody can use it
    • Full definition of Open Source at opensource.org and wikipedia.org
  • 28. “ I can't program!”
    • Who cares??? :)
    • Somebody else takes care of that :)
    • Let's use what works!
  • 29. Is this about Open Source or not?
    • It's about Free and Open Source software :)
    • It's about getting the job done as cost effectively as possible
    • Please explore during this presentation
      • Links at
        • nbteacher.wikispaces.com
  • 30. Linux - Ubuntu
  • 31. Firefox
  • 32. OpenOffice
  • 33. You can explore by creating an account at digabites.co.uk Author has given you permission
  • 34. VLC Media Player
  • 35. Audacity
  • 36. CutePDF
  • 37. Gimp
  • 38. Scratch
  • 39. Visuwords www.visuwords.com
  • 40. 7-zip
  • 41. Blender http://blenderunderground.com/2008/04/21/blend-file-roundup/
  • 42. Pidgin
  • 43. Twitter
  • 44. Delicious / Digg
  • 45.  
  • 46. StumbleUpon http://stumbleupon.com/
  • 47.  
  • 48. Alice 2.0-2 / 3.0 / Storytelling www.alice.org
  • 49. Wordle www.wordle.net
  • 50. Twiddla http://www.twiddla.com/121842
  • 51. Google Maps / Earth earth.google.com - maps.google.com
  • 52. Wikispaces / PB Wiki
  • 53. Check out my presentation at prezi.com/27725
  • 54. Flickr / Picasa nbteacher1
  • 55. This could go on and on and on
  • 56. More “stuff”
    • opensource.org
    • sourceforge.net
    • Google “web 2.0” applications
    • Create a Twitter account and follow Ed Tech ppl
    • Create a Delicious account and search/add friends who are like-minded.
    • Network with other Ed Tech people
  • 57. Remember... there ARE alternatives to “paid” software... supported and enhanced by people like us It's about the children
  • 58. Consider this...
    • Everything is great!
  • 59. Feel free to stay and explore It's all about collaboration Allen Steeves [email_address] twitter.com/nbteacher delicious.com/tekteach