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  • Here to talk about using Open Source Software To get teachers collaborating online, Students involved in online learning and publishing.
  • Online and Open Source

    1. 1. Online and Open Source <ul><li>Darrel Branson </li></ul><ul><li>ICT educator </li></ul><ul><li>Sunraysia Mallee schools network </li></ul>
    2. 2. Sunraysia Mallee Schools Network 33 schools in the North West of Victoria 6 - I&E Clusters
    3. 3. Open source Software <ul><li>Definition: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Computer software whose source code is available under a license (or arrangement such as the public domain) that permits users to study, change, and improve the software, and to redistribute it in modified or unmodified form. It is often developed in a public, collaborative manner.” </li></ul></ul>Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source_software
    4. 4. Sunraysia Mallee Schools Network <ul><li>Local Linux Server (Running Ubuntu) </li></ul><ul><li>www.smsn.vic.edu.au </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted linux server need2learn.net </li></ul><ul><li>LAMP stack </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Linux, Apache, Mysql and PHP (or Perl or Python) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Open Source Software MRBS (Meeting Room Booking System) Web Calendar
    6. 6. www.smsn.vic.edu.au/moodle
    7. 7. Need2learn.net
    8. 8. http://moodle.org Open source learning management system Discussion boards, curriculum resources, polls, calendar, assignments, journals, wikis, questionnaires, quizzes and much more.
    9. 9. Moodle - Statistics
    10. 10. Collaboration <ul><li>Professional Learning with network teams </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment team, Restorative practice, Habits of Mind, New Tools & New Media ICT Group, Intel Teach to the Future. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Document repository </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resources, weblinks, documents. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication tool </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Email, discussion boards, reflection journals. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional reading & discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Rich digital history of the learning </li></ul>
    11. 11. Online Curriculum <ul><li>Giving access to curriculum at home and at school for students. </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing students to using ICT and elearning in their learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing teachers to setup and get going in a short time. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything is done inside a web browser! </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No HTML, FTP or coding! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://need2learn.net </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. http://wordpress.org Open source - blogging solution Plugins, themes and community Roles and permissions Easy installation on Netspace
    13. 13. What it looks like Grade / Class / Subject - Blog Teacher as Administrator Students as... Editors, Authors, Subscribers
    14. 14. What we are trying to do <ul><li>We are not waiting ... Ready, Fire, Aim </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling enthusiastic teachers (students almost always respond positively!) </li></ul><ul><li>Offering classrooms the opportunity to have their own blog, their own Moodle, which they can control. </li></ul>
    15. 15. http://joomla.org Open source - content management solution Extensions, plugins, themes and community Roles and permissions
    16. 16. Web Calendar http://www.k5n.us/webcalendar.php Meeting Room Booking System http://mrbs.sourceforge.net/
    17. 17. Why not use free tools? <ul><li>Control </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriateness </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility to respond </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul>
    18. 18. What do I need to try it? <ul><li>A web server with Apache or Microsoft IIS </li></ul><ul><li>PHP programming language </li></ul><ul><li>Database server - Mysql (or others) </li></ul><ul><li>Someone with an interest in technology and learning. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Open Source Software <ul><li>http://www.osv.org.au/education Downloadable catalogue of software </li></ul><ul><li>http://sourceforge.net Registered Projects: 148,087 Registered Users: 1,581,672 </li></ul><ul><li>http://freshmeat.net Freshmeat maintains the Web's largest index of Unix and cross-platform software </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.opensource.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.fsf.org </li></ul>
    20. 20. On the Desktop <ul><li>Legally use software at home and at school </li></ul><ul><li>No licensing issues </li></ul><ul><li>Hey, it’s free! </li></ul>
    21. 21. Some Notable OSS Firefox Open Office The Gimp Audacity

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