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The Open Source School

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Albany Senior High School is an open source school. We use OSS where possible and practical. This is a slideshow about our journey.

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The Open Source School

  1. 1. The Open Source School Why is Albany Senior High School an open source school?
  2. 2. Our Vision: " Albany Senior High School will be a school where young adults engage enthusiastically in their learning in a caring and challenging community. Graduates will be confident young people who make wise choices and contribute to the world."
  3. 3. Open source software helps us achieve our vision: <ul><li>&quot;Engage enthusiastically&quot;: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>real-world, engaging, authentic learning in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>using technologies students are comfortable with </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;In a caring and challenging learning community&quot;: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>network; connect; collaborate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>make wise choices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Contribute to the world&quot;: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a wide range of creative opportunities/tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>give something back </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is Open Source Software? <ul><ul><li>Community-developed software that is made available to anyone in the world, free of charge. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>'User as developer' </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harnesses collective intelligence for the benefit of humankind  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decreases barriers to access </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What is open source software like ? <ul><li>It's like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>free public schools vs. pay-as-you go education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>free public libraries vs. bookstores </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia vs. Britannica </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>saved seeds vs. terminator technology </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Why do people use OSS? <ul><ul><li>Cost: &quot;Pay people, not licences.&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment to openness and community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intuitive design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility/modularity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good for the soul </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Have I used OSS? <ul><li>Possibly. Have you used any of these? 70% of the internet's web servers run on the open source Apache platform. If you've used the web, you've used open source software... </li></ul>
  8. 8. What else does ASHS use? <ul><li>We use open source software to provide our </li></ul><ul><li>students the widest range of learning tools possible: </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ubuntu <ul><li>&quot;Ubuntu&quot; is an African word that defies translation.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Archbishop Desmond Tutu: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot; A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ubuntu is also: </li></ul><ul><li>a computer operating system </li></ul><ul><li>an alternative to Windows XP, Vista, or Apple's OS X </li></ul><ul><li>the operating system installed on our computers   </li></ul>
  10. 10. What does Ubuntu look like? <ul><li>Just like any other operating system. </li></ul><ul><li>It's most similar to Windows XP. </li></ul>
  11. 11. It's more about freedom than cost, but.. <ul><li>Proprietary Software: </li></ul><ul><li>MS Vista            ($449) </li></ul><ul><li>MS Office           ($449) </li></ul><ul><li>Norton Antivirus ($129) </li></ul><ul><li>Blackboard        ($80)    </li></ul><ul><li>E-portfolio         ($25) </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration         ($72)  </li></ul><ul><li>Photoshop         ($1300) </li></ul><ul><li>Final Cut           ($2000) </li></ul><ul><li>Maya                 ($4500) </li></ul><ul><li>Total:             ($9004)                     Every 3 years </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source Software: </li></ul><ul><li>Ubuntu                 ($0)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Open Office          ($0)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Clam AV               ($0) </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle                 ($0)‏  </li></ul><ul><li>Mahara                 ($0) </li></ul><ul><li>Freemind              ($0)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Gimp                    ($0)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>PiTiVi            ($0) </li></ul><ul><li>Blender                ($0)  </li></ul><ul><li>Total:               ($0)‏ </li></ul>
  12. 12. Our Vision: &quot; Albany Senior High School will be a school where young adults engage enthusiastically in their learning in a caring and challenging community. Graduates will be confident young people who make wise choices and contribute to the world.&quot;

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