Rethinking software purchases Open Source and TESL John Allan
RETHINKING SOFTWARE PURCHASES Educational technology is one of many requirements for ESL institutions in Ontario. Educatio...
order of presentation <ul><li>open source defined </li></ul><ul><li>genres  </li></ul><ul><li>cost </li></ul><ul><li>suppo...
open source defined <ul><li>not freeware </li></ul><ul><li>not shareware </li></ul><ul><li>programming code unlocked </li>...
open source movement <ul><li>software is accessible  </li></ul><ul><li>community development </li></ul><ul><li>more imagin...
Hackers <ul><li>was closely linked to the hacker culture  </li></ul><ul><li>dissipating perception </li></ul>
TESL and open source? <ul><li>why not TESL? </li></ul>
why open source <ul><li>reviewed by many eyes </li></ul><ul><li>independence  </li></ul><ul><li>quick bug fixes </li></ul>...
Open source examples <ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>OpenCourseWare at MIT </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress   </li></ul><ul...
why open source <ul><li>OpenOffice  vs Microsoft Office </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>suggested...
TESL Contact – resource…. <ul><li>Attendance: Tau  http://tau.sourceforge.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>Audio file converter: Rip...
… .TESL Contact resource…. <ul><li>Glossary creator: Glossword  http://feeds.feedburner.com/glossword </li></ul><ul><li>Gr...
… .TESL Contact resource…. <ul><li>Free Mind  http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page </li></ul><ul><li>S...
Tools Desktop..........  <ul><li>web browser </li></ul><ul><li>messaging </li></ul><ul><li>file transfer protocol </li></u...
….Tools Desktop  <ul><li>spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>audio/video player </li></ul><ul><li>scheduler </li></ul><ul><li>pr...
Tools Communication <ul><li>chat </li></ul><ul><li>instant messaging </li></ul><ul><li>video conferencing </li></ul><ul><l...
Tools Creative <ul><li>audio editor and recorder </li></ul><ul><li>video digitizer and editor </li></ul><ul><li>word proce...
Tools management...... <ul><li>learning management system </li></ul><ul><li>content management system </li></ul><ul><li>vi...
.......tools management <ul><li>attendance </li></ul><ul><li>calendars </li></ul><ul><li>spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><li>li...
Training <ul><li>conferences </li></ul><ul><li>on line (per course) </li></ul><ul><li>community FAQ </li></ul><ul><li>comm...
Cost <ul><li>Generally........ </li></ul><ul><li>open source software is  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>free </li></ul></ul><ul><u...
access <ul><li>software, patches and upgrades on line </li></ul><ul><li>many passwords (tracking the community)‏ </li></ul...
support <ul><li>lone wolf </li></ul><ul><li>community on line </li></ul><ul><li>conferences </li></ul><ul><li>contract wit...
upgrades <ul><li>based on work of the community </li></ul><ul><li>based on demands of the community </li></ul><ul><li>sub ...
caveats <ul><li>developed outside of a company </li></ul><ul><li>administrators require dependable support </li></ul><ul><...
open source can… <ul><li>expand your software tools in the areas of communication, administration, development and educati...
resources referenced <ul><li>TESL Contact Fall 2008 http://www.teslontario.org/uploads/publications/contact/ContactFall200...
resources referenced <ul><li>OpenSource http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php </li></ul><ul><li>GNU Licencing http...
Finished? <ul><li>Check the time </li></ul>
open source & TESL <ul><li>CALL programs? </li></ul><ul><li>none dedicated to TESL </li></ul><ul><li>may change </li></ul>
Open Source & TESOL <ul><li>John Higgins, self-taught programmer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jackass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Open Source & TESOL <ul><li>altruistic creations </li></ul><ul><li>programs authored in basements </li></ul><ul><li>BASIC ...
Open Source & TESOL <ul><li>parallel situation exists </li></ul><ul><li>people sharing and building upon each others’ code...
Open Source & TESOL Today - Advantages <ul><li>administrative </li></ul><ul><li>inventive </li></ul>
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REthinking Software Purchases - Open Source options

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This slideshow was delivered at a distance to participants at TESL Ontario in late 2008. It looks at software purchase options for TESL centers and suggests that Open Source software may be a vaild alternative.

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REthinking Software Purchases - Open Source options

  1. 1. Rethinking software purchases Open Source and TESL John Allan
  2. 2. RETHINKING SOFTWARE PURCHASES Educational technology is one of many requirements for ESL institutions in Ontario. Educational Technology costs can be categorized by networking, hardware, support, training and software. Software costs can be greatly reduced by carefully assessing the options offered by the trend known as Open Source. Open source offers cost effective solutions that perform as well as commercial software and allow for dramatic saving to institutions. This paper deals with the issues of cost, support, training, upgrades and access.
  3. 3. order of presentation <ul><li>open source defined </li></ul><ul><li>genres </li></ul><ul><li>cost </li></ul><ul><li>support </li></ul><ul><li>training </li></ul><ul><li>upgrades </li></ul><ul><li>access </li></ul><ul><li>If time TESL and open source </li></ul>
  4. 4. open source defined <ul><li>not freeware </li></ul><ul><li>not shareware </li></ul><ul><li>programming code unlocked </li></ul><ul><li>GNU </li></ul><ul><li>freely available </li></ul><ul><li>maintenance contracts </li></ul>
  5. 5. open source movement <ul><li>software is accessible </li></ul><ul><li>community development </li></ul><ul><li>more imaginative software </li></ul><ul><li>a force in the software industry </li></ul><ul><li>Sun, IBM, Oracle, Intel, Disney, Adobe, Microsoft & NASA </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hackers <ul><li>was closely linked to the hacker culture </li></ul><ul><li>dissipating perception </li></ul>
  7. 7. TESL and open source? <ul><li>why not TESL? </li></ul>
  8. 8. why open source <ul><li>reviewed by many eyes </li></ul><ul><li>independence </li></ul><ul><li>quick bug fixes </li></ul><ul><li>Secure </li></ul><ul><li>industry standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Apache (server) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PHP (language) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perl (language) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linux (operating system) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MySQL (database) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Open source examples <ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>OpenCourseWare at MIT </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>Mozilla Firefox browser </li></ul>
  10. 10. why open source <ul><li>OpenOffice vs Microsoft Office </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Office </li></ul><ul><ul><li>suggested price is 147/unit before tax USD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenOffice is free with most and more of the functionality of MS Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Savings: $$$$$$$$ </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. TESL Contact – resource…. <ul><li>Attendance: Tau http://tau.sourceforge.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>Audio file converter: RipIT http://www.suwald.com/ripit/ripit.html </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks: SiteBar http://sitebar.org/features.php </li></ul><ul><li>Calendaring: Kronophobia http://kronophobia.sourceforge.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>CD/DVD BluRay burner: Cdrtools http://cdrecord.berlios.de/old/private/cdrecord.html </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative learning environment: Fle3 http://fle3.uiah.fi/ </li></ul>
  12. 12. … .TESL Contact resource…. <ul><li>Glossary creator: Glossword http://feeds.feedburner.com/glossword </li></ul><ul><li>Gradebook: Gradel http://feeds.feedburner.com/glossword </li></ul><ul><li>Image Editing: GIMP http://www.gimp.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Library system: emilda http://www.emilda.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Multiuser photo gallery: Photo Organizer http://po.shaftnet.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Paper review system: PurpleView http://entropymine.com/jason/purpleview/ </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz Games: AKFQuiz http://tau.sourceforge.net/ </li></ul>
  13. 13. … .TESL Contact resource…. <ul><li>Free Mind http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page </li></ul><ul><li>Survey & quizzes: TCExam http://www.tecnick.com/public/code/cp_dpage.php?aiocp_dp=tcexam </li></ul><ul><li>Typing: TuxTyping http://directory.fsf.org/project/TuxTyping/ </li></ul><ul><li>Video Editing: Open Movie Editor http://www.openmovieeditor.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual flashcards: klep Klep http://klep.sourceforge.net/ </li></ul>
  14. 14. Tools Desktop.......... <ul><li>web browser </li></ul><ul><li>messaging </li></ul><ul><li>file transfer protocol </li></ul><ul><li>games </li></ul><ul><li>word processor </li></ul><ul><li>parallels the established software offered by traditional software companies </li></ul>
  15. 15. ….Tools Desktop <ul><li>spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>audio/video player </li></ul><ul><li>scheduler </li></ul><ul><li>presentation </li></ul><ul><li>calculator </li></ul>
  16. 16. Tools Communication <ul><li>chat </li></ul><ul><li>instant messaging </li></ul><ul><li>video conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>forums </li></ul><ul><li>social bookmarks </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feed readers </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative editors (wiki)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>online journaling or blogging </li></ul>
  17. 17. Tools Creative <ul><li>audio editor and recorder </li></ul><ul><li>video digitizer and editor </li></ul><ul><li>word processor </li></ul><ul><li>spreadsheet </li></ul><ul><li>graphics editor (both vector and raster)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>web site editor </li></ul><ul><li>presentation </li></ul><ul><li>learning management systems </li></ul>
  18. 18. Tools management...... <ul><li>learning management system </li></ul><ul><li>content management system </li></ul><ul><li>video conferencing </li></ul><ul><li>grade book </li></ul><ul><li>schedulers </li></ul><ul><li>web servers </li></ul><ul><li>project managers </li></ul>
  19. 19. .......tools management <ul><li>attendance </li></ul><ul><li>calendars </li></ul><ul><li>spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><li>library systems </li></ul><ul><li>survey generators </li></ul><ul><li>operating systems </li></ul><ul><li>recruiting tools </li></ul>
  20. 20. Training <ul><li>conferences </li></ul><ul><li>on line (per course) </li></ul><ul><li>community FAQ </li></ul><ul><li>community forums </li></ul><ul><li>community web sites </li></ul>
  21. 21. Cost <ul><li>Generally........ </li></ul><ul><li>open source software is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>service contracts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>packaged to assure quality - Red Hat Linux </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. access <ul><li>software, patches and upgrades on line </li></ul><ul><li>many passwords (tracking the community)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>access to developers is advantageous </li></ul><ul><li>access to other end users is advantageous </li></ul>
  23. 23. support <ul><li>lone wolf </li></ul><ul><li>community on line </li></ul><ul><li>conferences </li></ul><ul><li>contract with 3 rd party providers </li></ul>
  24. 24. upgrades <ul><li>based on work of the community </li></ul><ul><li>based on demands of the community </li></ul><ul><li>sub upgrades – minor </li></ul><ul><li>major upgrades </li></ul><ul><li>up and downwardly compatible unless a major shift in authoring (move from PHP to Javex)‏ </li></ul>
  25. 25. caveats <ul><li>developed outside of a company </li></ul><ul><li>administrators require dependable support </li></ul><ul><li>breach of existing contracts instructor persecution </li></ul>
  26. 26. open source can… <ul><li>expand your software tools in the areas of communication, administration, development and educational delivery </li></ul><ul><li>save budget funds in upgrades, new acquisitions, </li></ul><ul><li>wide variety of software available to teachers, administrators and support staff </li></ul><ul><li>software offers flexibility and room for experimentation for the TESOL profession </li></ul>
  27. 27. resources referenced <ul><li>TESL Contact Fall 2008 http://www.teslontario.org/uploads/publications/contact/ContactFall2008.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Online Store http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/suites/default.aspx </li></ul><ul><li>MIT OpenCourseWare http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia Open source examples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open_source_software_packages </li></ul><ul><li>MySQL http://www.mysql.com/ </li></ul>
  28. 28. resources referenced <ul><li>OpenSource http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php </li></ul><ul><li>GNU Licencing http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html </li></ul>
  29. 29. Finished? <ul><li>Check the time </li></ul>
  30. 30. open source & TESL <ul><li>CALL programs? </li></ul><ul><li>none dedicated to TESL </li></ul><ul><li>may change </li></ul>
  31. 31. Open Source & TESOL <ul><li>John Higgins, self-taught programmer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jackass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbalist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Switch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doubleup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FindWord </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sequitir </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dropin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eclipse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MarkUp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sortset </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Open Source & TESOL <ul><li>altruistic creations </li></ul><ul><li>programs authored in basements </li></ul><ul><li>BASIC porgramming </li></ul>
  33. 33. Open Source & TESOL <ul><li>parallel situation exists </li></ul><ul><li>people sharing and building upon each others’ code </li></ul><ul><li>the Internet intensifies the potential of this phenomenon </li></ul><ul><li>the promise is unlimited </li></ul><ul><li>produced by part-time developers </li></ul><ul><li>hundreds of freely available programs </li></ul><ul><li>Cutting Edge CALL Demos </li></ul>
  34. 34. Open Source & TESOL Today - Advantages <ul><li>administrative </li></ul><ul><li>inventive </li></ul>

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