Road map 10/9/07
Session started 9:28 AM
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Mike Huffman started discussions
K12 education is encircled by applications, operating systems,
There are no on-ramps for users in schools – we ask schools to clear the path each time
Key is access – student access drives success
The “shot heard around the world"
Vendors still think they are in charge
Global issue
Scattered implementations--vendors ignore, don't focus on. Where there are large implementations, the vendors have to take notice.

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Steve Hargadon

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Randy Orwin – Washington State
How can we use this equipment to impact kids
Get the word out
Getting buy-in from teachers
Deal made: If teachers will go through transition, $ saved by using spent on professional development. $60k this summer of $85k in professional development.
The operating system is sacred ground--don't talk about when introducing OSS

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Jim Gerry Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA)
Intersection of 1: and open source
How to manage large roll outs
Student maintenance
Student development

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John Gosney – IU Faculty liaison for learning technologies
Ways open source can help bridge the gap between K12 and higher ed
Making sure that technology doesn’t take center stage over the real mission of teaching and learning

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Jim Hare
Academic computing – Wayne State
Develop strategies in large urban school districts in bridging the digital divide
Zero maintenance profile for the desktop scalable to 5 – 6 digit numbers of users
Working with Detroit public schools – with very large numbers of low income students
"Full compliance with legal issues" as a legitimate strategy for helping introduce OSS
"Mike Huffman / Jim Hare" model: don't sell Linux, sell results or success

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Benoit St-Andre - Canada
Revolution Linux company now - was a science teacher
Director of pedagogical services
Scalability of solutions
Getting OSS into upper management
The problem with "free" is that the schools don't want to pay.
Where is the "Open Source Salesforce?"

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Jean Peyratout
Teacher in primary school in France
Remember the teacher-users side
Software must be designed and updated based on user specification

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Lillian Kellogg Education Networks of America (ENA)
Objective is to be a messenger to bring this to areas she works in: industry and the educational community
Software as a service is a change in the commercial philosophy--will lead commercial company ed tech services to be more relevant.
Managed wide area network services – manage Indiana and Tennessee
Emerging technologies as a passion

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Jose Luis Redrejo
Spain (Extremadura)
80,000 Linux boxes, one for every two students
Teacher and engineer
The key point is the users – teachers
Share experiences and errors
How to integrate some many solutions around the world

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Juan Rafael Fernández - Andalucía (Spain)
Teacher training advisor working on the training of teachers in the usage of Guadalinex, the Andalusian Linux distribution.
The Andalusian project ~200,000 boxes administered centrally.
Highlight the importance of training:
  • Sharing and how to encourage
  • "How to do things" - help teachers do things with computers in their classrooms

Double burden/solution/opportunity: Teachers don’t know what to do with computer free or not free.
The culture of schools and the need for change for the 21st century. The understanding that technology can be TRANSFORMATIONAL. Also knowing that we don't know fully what those transformations will be.
Changes in pedagogy toward 21st century skills: skills that are not new, but that the open technologies promote and facilitate.
"Passion:" a passion for technology, and for learning.
How does OSS provide added value to enhance and extend learning?
  • Participatory
  • Mentoring / apprenticeship model
  • Open code

Laura Taylor IDOE
Office of learning resources
11K lessons and 20K review items – all public domain and on Moodle
Need critical mass – 4 -5 teachers.
Moodle as killer app

"Non-intrusive technologies" – not replacing something that IT already offers.
  • Wikis
  • CMS - Content Management Systems
  • Moodle
  • WIMS

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Georges Khaznadar
Chemistry & Physics in Dunkirk, north France High School
Software/hardware for experimental physics WIMS application
Made a connector between WIMS and Moodle
WIMS delivers exercises and promotes collaboration of concepts – on the fly tasking solution
WIMS is perfect for technical subjects (mathematics and physics)
Takes little time to produce a new task or exercise

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Kevin McGuire (Michigan City)
Project-based learning (Problem-based learning?)
Schools need a transition to a form of education that is more collaborative, engaged, and project based and they will get to that with OSS. This is a change in pedagogy.
What is success? And how does it get measured?
Documentation of results

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Keith Belzowski
Michigan City
Lead tech on one-to-one
How do we help teachers to accept alternatives?
Managing machines

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Anders Kringstad - Norway
Free software in schools
OpenOffice and Firefox: showing the legal alternatives (Firefox?)
Use of thin- and low-fat clients
Study of results by Norwegian government.
Developing a community effort of Linux distributions – either thin client or workstation
Why use free software – because you can get help from others in the user community
Passion to learn is inspired by OSS
Change of culture with teachers, IT and management – change of focus on education
Focus on technology as a driver for education
Policy of open standards
How local government legislation for Open Docs / Open Standards has been very helpful. Politicians do it because they can claim benefits to local economy and vendors.

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Rob Lucas – curriki
Open source curriculum
Translating open source methods of distributed authorship into curriculum
Using open educational resources to support and provide outreach for open source use in the classroom

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Alex Inman
21st century skills
Kids can drive adoption
Affordable and sustainable one-to-one laptop program
Use of terminal services to handle Windows programs in the Linux environment
Educational collaborators – support of one-to-one programs
Define values of technologies to enhance and extend learning
Lower anxiety around the change, technologically, manage deployment ad updates, how do we support this?
Story: started using Linux to reduce virus issue from laptops at home. Discovered students preferred.

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Forest Gaston
“Windows” approach
The “cooler”
Development of a support community - good OSS support options
Hardware compatibility – certified to run with Linux

Correna Begay
Iibrary / assistant principal
Gave all students laptops

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Knut Yrvin – Norway
Translate reports
Balanced approach: make sure Windows will work in the system
Support tends to be underestimated
Computers are 70% maintenance
Need maintenance organization behind the introduction
Do everything centrally
Split maintenance and pedagogy
How to bring computer use to schools
New "digital divide"

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Kurt Gramlich - Germany
Free software in a voluntary way – getting fame in Europe
  • teachers (it's about saving time / automate bureaucratic solutions)
  • students (not an issue, on board or will be)
  • decision makers,
  • parents
“Honey-pot” is wiki, built as a support community. Seems important.
Win teachers by getting applications that save time for them
Publisher problems with development of free teacher software--publishers only suggest proprietary software in books/activities
Environment protection – energy consumption of computers. Intel site with tips. Concerns about carbon footprint.
"4 year rule" - how long it takes people to learn about and understand Libre/Free aspects.
Sales force
Adaptability of software to languages

4-year rule for learning about Libre/freedoms. Therefore...
Lead with educational benefits.
Don't ignore freedom benefits--need to remember importance of--but decisions won't be made on the Libre philosophy, they will be made on practical benefits of implementation.

Shuttleworth / Canonical

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Tom Hoffman – SchoolTool Project
Open source administrative software for schools
Jeff Elkner in Arlington Virginia teaching OSS programming
Can-do module – student written application
School reform direction – tie and school reform can be tied too closely. Tom argued that you need to separate these to succeed. Can't tie them together or you'll be disappointed.
Scale, access, sustainability – must realize that this is not going away

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Carla Beard - Indiana
High School English Teacher, Teacher in Residence at DOE for this school year

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Mako Hill
Ubuntu project developer
Doing some work for the OLPC project

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Bryant Patten - National Center for Open Source and Education
Dedicated to fostering international cooperation around Open Source in Education