These are the resources I'm using for my presentation at CUE 2009.
- 1 Using the open source two-way street in the classroom
- 2 Outline of talk
- 3 Slides
- 4 Other links
Using the open source two-way street in the classroom
- Open source participation for K-12 classes
Outline of talk
- 00:00 - 00:05 - Questions & Intro - What is open source? Do you know what Linux is? What grade levels and types of schools are here?
- 00:06 - 00:12 - Open source and free culture - What is, how does it fit in to students future
- 00:13 - 00:25 - Fitting open source participation in to the classroom
- 00:26 - 00:35 - Examples and ideas
- 00:36 - 00:55 - Q&A, then close before the hour
- Introductions and brief explanation of open source
- Why should educators use contributing to open source in the classroom?
- Benefits to the student
- Benefits to the educator
- Benefits to the educational institution
- Benefits to the community
- How are educators contributing to open source in the classroom today?
- What materials are out there already?
- What successes has the Fedora Project had?
- How do you get started using open source as an educational tool?
Questions and intro
- Everyone familiar with open source? How about a Linux distro?
- I work for Red Hat, we sell free software.
- A robust free culture produces better ideas, so we get better people working on better products; then we sell subcriptions to service and support
Open source and free culture - What is, how does it fit in to students future
- Open source is about the four freedoms for software in action:
- Freedom 0: The freedom to run the program for any purpose.
- Freedom 1: The freedom to study and modify the program.
- Freedom 2: The freedom to copy the program so you can help your neighbor.
- Freedom 3: The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits.
- Freedoms 1 and 3 require source code to be available because studying and modifying software without its source code is highly impractical.
- Free culture is about sharing, social media -- it's YouTube, it's Wikipedia, it's remixing songs and digital art
- Fedora is a remix culture, with tools and processes
- This is defining the business and social environment of the present and future
- You can better prepare kids for the future with low or no cost alternatives and a moderate amount of ramp-up time.
Fitting open source participation in to the classroom
- First usage is as a no-cost 'alternative' to expensive proprietary applications
- Word processors, spreadsheets, presentation tools
- Science (all)
- Second is getting involved in using and adopting open curriculum
- Like code, this is content with all the freedoms
- Third is finding a way to participate
- Collaborate with other educators on open curriculum
- Contribute back
- Find projects to participate in
- Fourth is channeling classwork in to participation
- This is where the two-way street really opens up
- Empowering students to make a difference, learn, and be part of a global community
Open_source_participation_for_K-12_classes has specific ideas.
Examples and ideas
- Red Hat High