Education

Hop a ride on the Tux bus for Linux Learners Day

The Linux Foundation will be teaming up with Oregon State University's Open Source Lab (OSL) for Linux Learners' Student Day, to be held in Vancouver on August 16 (the day before LinuxCon begins). The program includes sessions from OSL presenters on Linux basics, Python, embedded systems, and careers in open source. » Read more

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Open education: Are Google and Chromebook helping or hurting?

There has been a good bit of press covering Google's Chromebook and how it will change, how it won't change, or how it » Read more

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Games for life: Girl Scouts, games, and the open source way

Two weeks ago, 16 Girl Scouts and their troops' leaders went to RIT for a Scratch-fueled, day-long workshop in game design and development in pursuit of their "Games for Life" interest project. The workshop was the fifth sponsored by RIT's School of Interactive Games and Media, Rochester Women in Computing, and Digital Rochester. » Read more

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A counter-response: Education in 2030

Let's be up front about things: I'm angry about the rhetoric I hear of late surrounding education. Teachers (and their unions) are being vilified, legislators and parents are demanding "accountability," and at the same time, the financial support necessary to educate a society is being slashed drastically. Regarding education, everyone has an opinion---and they feel their opinion is "informed" in some way simply because they went to school. » Read more

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Education in 2030: Open source and community-based

I'd like to talk about what education is going to look like 20 years from now. I think, in 2030, our schools will mimic open source communities. » Read more

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Building stronger public schools: problem solved?

60 Minutes did a segment on The Equity Project (TEP). TEP is a charter school that is publicly funded and privately run in New York City by founder and principal Zeke Vanderhoek. The goal of TEP is to prove that attracting the best teachers and holding them accountable for results is essential to a school’s success. And guess what else—Vanderhoek also rewards these top-tier educators with salaries around $125,000 per year. » Read more

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Do you speak my language? Education versus open source processes and principles

I've been traveling between universities and academic conferences and open source gatherings and hackfests for quite some time now. A year ago, I started compiling a list of points of parity and points of difference between the two cultures. » Read more

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Avoiding the pitfalls of open education

Experiential learning using open source is fraught with opportunities for disaster.

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Education Reform: What I want my children to learn

“The knowledge and information that my children are getting through the formal education system--is it good enough for them to face the rapid advancements in science and technology?”

“Are my kids getting ready to face the rapid changes in social structure?”

“Are my children developing a solid foundation to be successful in a globalized world?”
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The role of technical forums in the progress of open source

I am a huge advocate of the concept of open source software. As a society, we are at a point where information sharing is more critical than ever. Technical forums support the mission of open source in multiple ways. First, they allow programmers to work outside of their expertise. Second, forums allow people to share their experiences with software. Last, they allow scientific researchers who are not always (not usually) well-trained programmers to carry out their research with an entire community to help them make design decisions and help them through technical difficulties. » Read more

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