Open Source Presentation Ppt Memphis


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Open source presentation
Laptop Institute
Memphis, Tennessee
July 21, 2009
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Open Source Presentation Ppt Memphis

  1. 1. Open Source Software Free Software Web 2.0 Applications July 21, 2009
  2. 2. Why bring up this topic?
  3. 3. In the Province of New Brunswick, a lot of money is spent on hardware and software Hardware needs to be updated usually because of compatibility issues, not because of technical issues
  4. 4. Every teacher (7,000) has a government supplied laptop HP with MS Windows XP MS Office 2007 Email Account Anti-Virus and other software
  5. 5. By the way... <ul><li>Concerts in NB </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Rolling Stones, the Eagles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>730,000 residents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>64% English speaking, 33% French speaking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Louis B. Mayer (MGM), Donald Sutherland, David Adams Richards, Lyman Ward </li></ul><ul><li>Cruise ship destination (even the Queen Mary) </li></ul><ul><li>Largest oil refinery in Canada before it was 2x in size... and another will be built - 1 st in NA in 25 yrs </li></ul>
  6. 6. We had a number of laptop schools (grades 8-9) but the program has been scrapped ($) Every school in the province has wireless internet Every student in the province has an email account Every school has a fair complement of laptop computers and regular PC labs We have “mobile” labs that can be booked out It seems that Apple products are not really supported The City of Fredericton is completely covered by free wireless internet We were the 1 st jurisdiction in the world with full fibre optic connectivity
  7. 7. Our central repository for information and collaboration is on what we call the NB DOE Portal (or the Portal) Created using MS Sharepoint Designer
  8. 8. Sharepoint is costing us a fortune
  9. 9. Teachers aren't using it to share curriculum
  10. 10. Teachers use Google to find resources
  11. 11. Teachers use Web 2.0 for their PLNs
  12. 12. The “Free” way, in our case, is superior than what we pay for
  13. 13. We communicate with each other primarily via email although we can also use Microsoft Office Communicator, Interwise and SMART Bridgit software
  14. 14. A few dozen courses are offered via distance education (for high school students) This is done by using Desire2Learn
  15. 15. We spend a lot of money for MS licenses Windows XP – Vista Microsoft Sharepoint MS Outlook Web Access We spend a lot of other software Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop Macromedia Dreamweaver, Fireworks McAfee Anti-Virus, Interwise communications, etc
  16. 16. Get the picture? We are spending a lot of money on software and user rights Teachers are not flocking towards the Portal for information and especially collaboration The majority of teachers (dare I say 85%) will only use MS Office for Word and Powerpoint They love their laptops but want a way to get their work done and not as interested in what program they use to do this
  17. 17. So, I bring up Open Source software Free software and Web 2.0 apps
  18. 18. Why? I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but if we weren't spending this large amount of money on software, couldn't we provide more hardware/tools to the students?
  19. 19. Provide more hardware with your budget while accomplishing the same quality of work
  20. 20. Land of the Free Free Speech Free Stuff Free Hot Dogs Free Software Free Beer! Land of the Free Free Speech
  21. 22. Purchasing Software Usually you buy the rights to use those zeros and ones... not ownership of them
  22. 23. Buying Software <ul><li>You can't access the source code </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Want to make it more usable? You can't </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Want to fix a bug? You can't </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You can't give software to your friends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can't do this legally </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When it doesn't work quite right </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You need to wait for a fix or an update </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. <ul><li>The alternative? </li></ul>
  24. 25. Open Source Free Software Web 2.0 Applications
  25. 26. What is Free Open Source Software? <ul><li>You CAN access the source code </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Want to make it more usable? You CAN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Want to fix a bug? You CAN </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You CAN give software to your friends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You CAN do this legally </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When it doesn't work quite right </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You CAN download the most stable version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You CAN download the bleeding edge version </li></ul></ul>
  26. 27. Ultimately... <ul><li>Source codes are freely accessible and modifiable </li></ul><ul><li>Anybody can use it </li></ul><ul><li>Full definition of Open Source at and </li></ul>
  27. 28. “ I can't program!” <ul><li>Who cares??? :) </li></ul><ul><li>Somebody else takes care of that :) </li></ul><ul><li>Let's use what works! </li></ul>
  28. 29. Is this about Open Source or not? <ul><li>It's about Free and Open Source software :) </li></ul><ul><li>It's about getting the job done as cost effectively as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Please explore during this presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  29. 30. Linux - Ubuntu
  30. 31. Firefox
  31. 32. OpenOffice
  32. 33. You can explore by creating an account at Author has given you permission
  33. 34. VLC Media Player
  34. 35. Audacity
  35. 36. CutePDF
  36. 37. Gimp
  37. 38. Scratch
  38. 39. Visuwords
  39. 40. 7-zip
  40. 41. Blender
  41. 42. Pidgin
  42. 43. Twitter
  43. 44. Delicious / Digg
  44. 46. StumbleUpon
  45. 48. Alice 2.0-2 / 3.0 / Storytelling
  46. 49. Wordle
  47. 50. Twiddla
  48. 51. Google Maps / Earth -
  49. 52. Wikispaces / PB Wiki
  50. 53. Check out my presentation at
  51. 54. Flickr / Picasa nbteacher1
  52. 55. This could go on and on and on
  53. 56. More “stuff” <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Google “web 2.0” applications </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Twitter account and follow Ed Tech ppl </li></ul><ul><li>Create a Delicious account and search/add friends who are like-minded. </li></ul><ul><li>Network with other Ed Tech people </li></ul>
  54. 57. Remember... there ARE alternatives to “paid” software... supported and enhanced by people like us It's about the children
  55. 58. Consider this... <ul><li>Everything is great! </li></ul>
  56. 59. Feel free to stay and explore It's all about collaboration Allen Steeves [email_address]