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Tech Forum Southwest


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This is a session I did with Michael Gras and Miguel Guhlin at TechForum Southwest in Austin, TX, November 2008. It was a panel session discussing opensource software in the public school.

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Tech Forum Southwest

  1. 1. OPENSOURCE SOFTWARE Photo Credit: taniwha Scott S. Floyd & Michael J. Gras White Oak ISD, White Oak. TX and
  2. 2. BIG IDEAS FOR BETTER SCHOOLS: Students Schools 1. Engage: Project-Based 7. Adopt: Technology Learning 8. Reorganize: Resources 2. Connect: Integrated Studies 3. Share: Cooperative Learning 4. Expand: Comprehensive Assessment Photo Credit: chuchyd03 Community Teachers 9. Involve: Parents 5. Coach: Intellectual and 10. Include: Community Emotional Guide Partners 6. Learn: Teaching as Apprenticeship Source: Edutopia
  3. 3. SCHOOL USES Instructional Informational Network Photo Credit: pagedooley
  4. 4. INFORMATIONAL USE Photo Credit: chough Audacity Joomla osTube
  5. 5. INSTRUCTIONAL USE Audacity Moodle osTube Wordpress MU OpenOffice 3.0 Photo Credit: mrtea Firefox
  6. 6. NETWORK Photo Credit: afsilva
  7. 7. REVIEW Involve: Parents When schoolwork involves parents, students learn more. ... Schools should build strong alliances with parents and welcome their active participation in the classroom. Educators should inform parents of the school's educational goals, the importance of high expectations for each child, and ways of assisting with homework and classroom lessons. - Edutopia
  8. 8. REVIEW Adopt: Technology The intelligent use of technology can transform and improve almost every aspect of school, modernizing the nature of curriculum, student assignments, parental connections, and administration. Online curricula now include lesson plans, simulations, and demonstrations for classroom use and review. ... Schools can reduce administrative costs by using technology tools, as other fields have done, and provide more funds for the classroom. - Edutopia
  9. 9. Photo Credit: schoschie