Open Source In Education - Tech&Learning Conference Presentation '09
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Panel presentation on the use of Open Source in education. Presenters: William Stites, Aaron Grill & Robert Miller

Panel presentation on the use of Open Source in education. Presenters: William Stites, Aaron Grill & Robert Miller

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Open Source In Education - Tech&Learning Conference Presentation '09 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Open Source in Education  
  • 2. Presenters
    • Aaron Grill
    • Director of Technology
    • The Browning School, NYC
    •  
    • Robert Miller
    • Director of Information and Communication Technologies
    • New Canaan Public Schools, CT
    • William Stites
    • Director of Technology
    • The Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ
    • Email: wstites@mka.org / Twitter: twitter.com/wstites
    •  
  • 3. Follow Along and Chat
    • Google Presentation
      • http://tinyurl.com/yh3s2s9
    •  
    • Chat Room
      • http://www.ustream.tv/channel/aaron-grill
  • 4.
    •   OPEN SOURCE
      • Source code:
        • Available to public
        • Modifiable
        • May be redistributed
      • Community of developers
      • Free
      •   Support can be community based or paid
      • Open Source Initiative
    • FREEWARE
      • Free
      • Developer chose free distribution
      • Source Code not available
      • Distribution from developers site only 
    Open Source, Freeware & Shareware
    • SHAREWARE
      • Free for limited/trial period
      • Developer owns rights
      • Source Code not available
      • No collaborative community
      • Payment often required
  • 5. Open Philosophy- Creating a Balance
      • Moodle running on a Apple, Linux or Windows Server
      • Moodle integration with Turnitin, VoiceThread or Google
      • Moodle integration with Apple Open Directory, Microsoft Active Directory or any LDAP Server
      • PDF Creator installed on all computers in district
      • Audacity recording and mixes imported into Microsoft Movie Maker 
      • OpenOffice's ability to share documents with Microsoft Office 
      • Choice of hardware
  • 6. Common Misconceptions... Concerns
      • There is no support for open source software
      • Not as secure as paid software
      • Harder to learn
      • Harder to support internally
      • Software is inferior to paid software
      • Requires linux
      • No or slower updates to software 
      • Free is NOT Open Source 
        • What happens when no longer free, updated, or supported by software company?
  • 7. Do's and Don'ts
    • Do:
      • Create pilot groups when first trying out a new Open Source project
      •   Make sure that you have your support options clearly outlined
      • Spend time testing as every type of user. 
    •  
    • Don't:
      • Rush into an Open Source solution and implement School wide right away
      • Assume because it is free there are no costs
  • 8. Open Source/Free  Apps vs.  Traditional Software
    • Open Source
    • Open Office
    • Gimp
    • Scratch (free under CC)
    • Scribus
    • Firefox
    •  
    •  
    • Traditional
    • Microsoft Word
    • Adobe Photoshop
    • Microworlds
    • InDesign/Quark
    • Internet Explorer
  • 9. Open Source Web Apps
    • Moodle - Courseware
    • Wordpress (and Wordpress MU) - Blogging Joomla - Content Management
    • Drupal - Content Management
    • Gallery2 - Photo Management
    • Zencart - Online Store
    • Elgg - Social Networking
    • Mahara - ePortfolios
    • OpenSIS - Student Information System
    •  
    • Samples at
  • 10. Open Source - "Back End"
      • Nagios - Network monitoring
      • Untangle - Firewall/Content filter
      • AMP - Apache, MySQL, PHP
      • NMAP - Security scanning
      • Linux - Operating System 
      • MySQL - Database
  • 11. One Click Installs on Web Host
    • Web Hosts with One Click Installs
      • Dreamhost
      • Siteground (using Fantastico)
      • Bluehost
    •  
  • 12. Supported Open Source Hosting
      • Moodle Rooms
      • Open Academic 
      • Remote-Learner.net
  • 13. Examples:
    • WordPress:
      • Irish Studies - http://irishstudies.mka.org  
      • WAMash - http://www.wamash.com 
    •  
    • Moodle:
      • MKA - http://moodle.mka.org
  • 14. Sandbox Websites    
    • Feel free to demo the websites. They will be available through the weekend at the links below.
    • Gallery
      • http://sandbox.browning.edu/gallery
      • user "admin" pass "panther"
    •  
    • Joomla
      • http://sandbox.browning.edu/joomla
      • user "admin" pass "panther"
    •  
    •   Moodle
      • http://sandbox.browning.edu/moodle
      • Admin - user "admin" pass "panther"
      • Teacher - user "teacher" pass "panther"
      • Student - user "student" pass "panther"
    •  
    • Wordpress
      • http://sandbox.browning.edu/wordpress
      • user "admin" pass "panther
    •  
  • 15. Examples: Database
    • Graduation Requirements
    K-5 Language Arts
      • MySQL Database
      • PHP Web Design
      • On-site developer employed by district
        • Risk & Reward
      • Custom Databases
  • 16. Articles and References
      • “ EDUPUNK: Open Source Education” - http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/ideas/view/1514 and http://jimgroom.net/presentations/
      •   SchoolForge - http://www.schoolforge.net/
      • EduForge - https://eduforge.org/
      • NYCIST April 2009 Meeting Notes - http://nycist.wikispaces.com/April+2009+Meeting+Notes
      • "When Free Isn’t Free: The realities of running open source in school " -  http://www.techlearning.com/article/16504
      • "How the Open Source Movement Has Changed Education: 10 Success Stories" - http://oedb.org/library/features/how-the-open-source-movement-has-changed-education-10-success-stories
      • Find Open Source Alternative Software - http://www.osalt.com/
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