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Open Source In Education - Tech&Learning Conference Presentation '09


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Panel presentation on the use of Open Source in education. Presenters: William Stites, Aaron Grill & Robert Miller

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Open Source In Education - Tech&Learning Conference Presentation '09

  1. 1. Open Source in Education  
  2. 2. Presenters <ul><li>Aaron Grill </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Technology </li></ul><ul><li>The Browning School, NYC </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Miller </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Information and Communication Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>New Canaan Public Schools, CT </li></ul><ul><li>William Stites </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Technology </li></ul><ul><li>The Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ </li></ul><ul><li>Email: / Twitter: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  3. 3. Follow Along and Chat <ul><li>Google Presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Chat Room </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>  OPEN SOURCE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Source code: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Available to public </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Modifiable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>May be redistributed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community of developers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Support can be community based or paid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source Initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FREEWARE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developer chose free distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source Code not available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distribution from developers site only  </li></ul></ul>Open Source, Freeware & Shareware <ul><li>SHAREWARE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free for limited/trial period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developer owns rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source Code not available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No collaborative community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Payment often required </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Open Philosophy- Creating a Balance <ul><ul><li>Moodle running on a Apple, Linux or Windows Server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle integration with Turnitin, VoiceThread or Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moodle integration with Apple Open Directory, Microsoft Active Directory or any LDAP Server </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PDF Creator installed on all computers in district </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity recording and mixes imported into Microsoft Movie Maker  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenOffice's ability to share documents with Microsoft Office  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choice of hardware </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Common Misconceptions... Concerns <ul><ul><li>There is no support for open source software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not as secure as paid software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harder to learn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harder to support internally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software is inferior to paid software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires linux </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No or slower updates to software  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free is NOT Open Source  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What happens when no longer free, updated, or supported by software company? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Do's and Don'ts <ul><li>Do: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create pilot groups when first trying out a new Open Source project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Make sure that you have your support options clearly outlined </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spend time testing as every type of user.  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Don't: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rush into an Open Source solution and implement School wide right away </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assume because it is free there are no costs </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Open Source/Free  Apps vs.  Traditional Software <ul><li>Open Source </li></ul><ul><li>Open Office </li></ul><ul><li>Gimp </li></ul><ul><li>Scratch (free under CC) </li></ul><ul><li>Scribus </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Word </li></ul><ul><li>Adobe Photoshop </li></ul><ul><li>Microworlds </li></ul><ul><li>InDesign/Quark </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Explorer </li></ul>
  9. 9. Open Source Web Apps <ul><li>Moodle - Courseware </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress (and Wordpress MU) - Blogging Joomla - Content Management </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal - Content Management </li></ul><ul><li>Gallery2 - Photo Management </li></ul><ul><li>Zencart - Online Store </li></ul><ul><li>Elgg - Social Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Mahara - ePortfolios </li></ul><ul><li>OpenSIS - Student Information System </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Samples at </li></ul>
  10. 10. Open Source - &quot;Back End&quot; <ul><ul><li>Nagios - Network monitoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Untangle - Firewall/Content filter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AMP - Apache, MySQL, PHP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NMAP - Security scanning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Linux - Operating System  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MySQL - Database </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. One Click Installs on Web Host <ul><li>Web Hosts with One Click Installs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dreamhost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Siteground (using Fantastico) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bluehost </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  12. 12. Supported Open Source Hosting <ul><ul><li>Moodle Rooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Academic  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Examples: <ul><li>WordPress: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Irish Studies -   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WAMash -  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Moodle: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MKA - </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Sandbox Websites     <ul><li>Feel free to demo the websites. They will be available through the weekend at the links below. </li></ul><ul><li>Gallery </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>user &quot;admin&quot; pass &quot;panther&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Joomla </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>user &quot;admin&quot; pass &quot;panther&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>  Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Admin - user &quot;admin&quot; pass &quot;panther&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher - user &quot;teacher&quot; pass &quot;panther&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student - user &quot;student&quot; pass &quot;panther&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Wordpress </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>user &quot;admin&quot; pass &quot;panther </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  15. 15. Examples: Database <ul><li>Graduation Requirements </li></ul>K-5 Language Arts <ul><ul><li>MySQL Database </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PHP Web Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-site developer employed by district </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Risk & Reward </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Custom Databases </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Articles and References <ul><ul><li>“ EDUPUNK: Open Source Education” - and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  SchoolForge - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EduForge - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NYCIST April 2009 Meeting Notes - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;When Free Isn’t Free: The realities of running open source in school &quot; - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;How the Open Source Movement Has Changed Education: 10 Success Stories&quot; - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find Open Source Alternative Software - </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>