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Free and Open Source  Software in Education Kathy Reid 20 September 2008 [email_address] [email_address] http://blog.kathy...
<ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>In an ideal world, schools and higher education insti...
<ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>What this talk will cover; </li></ul><ul><li>Overview...
<ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Open source learning managem...
<ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Sakai </li></ul><ul><li>Also an open source learning ...
<ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Alice </li></ul><ul><li>Developed at Carnegie Mellon ...
<ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Originally developed as b...
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Software Freedom Day 2008 - FOSS tools in education

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20 September 2008 - Presentation made to Software Freedom Day Melbourne Australia

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Software Freedom Day 2008 - FOSS tools in education

  1. 1. Free and Open Source Software in Education Kathy Reid 20 September 2008 [email_address] [email_address] http://blog.kathyreid.id.au
  2. 2. <ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>In an ideal world, schools and higher education institutions were given appropriate budgets for their IT spend... and everyone was happy </li></ul><ul><li>Schools and colleges have limited $$$ </li></ul><ul><li>IT spend must be maximised </li></ul><ul><li>IT needs to be easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>IT needs to be easy to administer </li></ul><ul><li>IT needs to be easy to 'pick up' when the one person who knows the system leaves... </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>What this talk will cover; </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of Sakai </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of Alice </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of WordPress </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Open source learning management system </li></ul><ul><li>Has roughly 70% of the functionality of tools such as WebCT, Blackboard etc </li></ul><ul><li>Is completely open source </li></ul><ul><li>You still need to take into account costs such as hosting / servers / administration / training etc </li></ul><ul><li>However it is a cheap option, particularly for smaller colleges </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Sakai </li></ul><ul><li>Also an open source learning management system </li></ul><ul><li>More geared towards research groups and collaborative teams </li></ul><ul><li>Runs on Java and Tomcat (more difficult to install than Moodle) </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Alice </li></ul><ul><li>Developed at Carnegie Mellon (by Randy Pausch's team – of 'Last Lecture' fame) </li></ul><ul><li>Provides an environment which makes learning object oriented programming techniques both intuitive and fun </li></ul><ul><li>There is a version available suitable for younger (lower secondary) students </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Free and Open Source Software in Education </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Originally developed as blogging software, but has evolved to become a personal publishing platform </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for students studying in journalism and writing </li></ul><ul><li>Can be used collaboratively by research teams / those in disparate geographic locations etc </li></ul><ul><li>Extendable via plugins </li></ul>

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