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Open Source School

  1. 1. Open Source Schools Miles Berry Michelle Walters José Picardo Doug Belshaw BETT, January 2009
  2. 2. What is Open Source?
  3. 3. c c-by-nd tommetje, with permission
  4. 4. c c-by-nc victor_nuno
  5. 5. Free (as in speech) c c-by-nc redjar
  6. 6. c c-by-nc Socceraholic
  7. 7. c c-by-sa The Master Shake Signal
  8. 8. c c-by-nc-sa Sarah Parrott
  9. 9. c c-by-nc Maggie T
  10. 10. So, what are the advantages?
  11. 11. c c-by-nc-sa spaceninja
  12. 12. c c-by-nc-sa Adam Mulligan
  13. 13. c c-by-nc Cambodia Trust
  14. 14. c c-by-nc-sa thomas.merton
  15. 15. c c-by LizMarie
  16. 16. c c-by-nc-sa Vermin Inc
  17. 17. Case Studies <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>Linux Netbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle </li></ul>
  18. 18. Michelle Walters
  19. 19. <ul><li>A free, open-source alternative to Microsoft Office </li></ul><ul><li>OpenOffice has six basic components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writer, a word processor and HTML editor; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calc, a spreadsheet; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Draw, a graphics editor; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Impress, a presentations program; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Math, an equation editor; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and Base, a database application </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. OpenOffice uses a single interface for all its features, instead of running separate applications like Excel and Word.
  21. 21. <ul><li>Retains the essential look and feel of Microsoft Office 2003 and earlier versions, instead of imitating the new ribbon interface of Office 2007. Anyone familiar with Microsoft 2003 or below should be able to jump straight into OpenOffice with minimal, if any, training. </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>If you've been thinking about taking the plunge into Microsoft Office 2007 (or 2008 on the Mac), which often requires training because of significant interface changes, you should be evaluating OpenOffice as well. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>One attractive feature of OpenOffice is that it's the only major application suite that runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with almost exactly the same feature set on all platforms. </li></ul><ul><li>For anyone thinking of switching from Office to OpenOffice, the biggest question is, How well will OpenOffice handle your old Office documents and worksheets? The answer is, incredibly well, even with the new Office 2007 formats. </li></ul>
  24. 24. OpenOffice <ul><li>In addition to read and write support for the Microsoft Office binary file formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.), OpenOffice is capable of opening files created with Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac OS X (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc). Thus, OpenOffice users can interact with users still using Microsoft Office. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>The interface closely mirrors the familiar Office standard, and it places some features more logically so that, for example, headers and footers are on the Insert menu instead of the View menu. </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Adds some conveniences that Office doesn't provide, such as the ability to create .pdf files. This is useful when you want to guarantee what the recipient sees on their computer. </li></ul>
  27. 27. For Pupils and Students <ul><li>OpenOffice forms an ideal teaching platform for core computer literacy skills, without tying students to commercial products. </li></ul><ul><li>The free software licence means students can be given copies of software to use at home - perfectly legally - a useful 'added value'. </li></ul><ul><li>For IT students, OpenOffice's component based software is also an ideal platform for developing IT skills and understanding real-life software engineering </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>OpenOffice is free software. That means you are free to download it, free to install it on as many PCs as you like, free to pass copies to as many people as you like. </li></ul><ul><li>More than a one-off cost saving. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>legal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No need for software audits, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No need for keeping invoices for years, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No worry about ending up in court because you misread some small print in a licence agreement. </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. José Picardo
  30. 30. Using Audacity in Schools <ul><li>What is Audacity? </li></ul><ul><li>Why would you use Audacity? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do with Audacity? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you need? </li></ul>
  31. 31. What is Audacity? <ul><li>Free and Open Source desktop sound recorder and editor </li></ul>
  32. 32. Why would you use Audacity? <ul><li>It’s free </li></ul><ul><li>It’s intuitive and easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>It does the job as well as commercial alternatives </li></ul>
  33. 33. What can you do with Audacity? <ul><li>Create and edit teaching resources </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts: Deliver content to your students </li></ul><ul><li>Coursework, homework and assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Links with VLEs </li></ul>
  34. 34. What do you need? <ul><li>A computer with Audacity (and Lame encoder for .mp3) </li></ul><ul><li>A microphone </li></ul>
  35. 35. Quick demonstration
  36. 36. Netbooks in the Classroom Doug Belshaw ‘ Asus EeePC’ by TDR1 & ‘netbook’ by -eko- @ Flickr
  37. 37. <ul><li>Lightweight </li></ul><ul><li>Good battery life </li></ul><ul><li>Small form-factor </li></ul><ul><li>Wi-fi enabled </li></ul><ul><li>Robust </li></ul><ul><li>Asus Eee 1000 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Xandros Linux </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast boot time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10” screen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5-6 hour battery life </li></ul></ul>
  38. 43. Moodle Miles Berry
  39. 52. Getting Started Michelle Walters
  40. 53. Getting Started <ul><li>OpenDisc / OpenCD </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection of free software that runs under Windows </li></ul></ul>
  41. 54. Getting Started <ul><li>Portable Apps </li></ul><ul><li>Compact version of software applications: </li></ul><ul><li>office suites, </li></ul><ul><li>graphics programs, </li></ul><ul><li>web browsers and more </li></ul>
  42. 55. Moving on <ul><li>SchoolForgeUK </li></ul><ul><ul><li>List of education software for different curriculum areas (incl case studies of schools) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Source Schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software directory </li></ul></ul>
  43. 56. Moving on <ul><li>SourceForge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>one of the largest directories of software </li></ul></ul>
  44. 57. Moving on <ul><li>Loving it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Install a completely free OS (netbooks) </li></ul></ul>
  45. 58. Ubuntu Live
  46. 59. Support <ul><li>Although free – you can get commercial support as well as free support </li></ul><ul><li>Training is available for software </li></ul><ul><li>Because the code is available, it is possible to customise the software, or request new features </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial support and hosting of particular apps by the vendor (Zimbra, RedHat), and community support </li></ul>
  47. 60. Communities <ul><li>Major applications discussed have community groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>volunteers (often project's own support staff) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>developers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>General forums </li></ul><ul><li>Mailing lists </li></ul><ul><li>Chat rooms </li></ul>
  48. 61. Open Source under Windows
  49. 62. Portable Apps
  50. 63. Open Education Disc
  51. 64. With a webserver …
  52. 65. For more information
  53. 70. Any questions? <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Miles: </li></ul><ul><li>Michelle: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>José: </li></ul><ul><li>Doug: </li></ul>