Education

Five questions with Steve Midgely

In the early fall of 2010, Greg DeKoenigsberg suggested that we might do a five-questions-style interview with Steve Midgley (bio) in the opensource.com education channel. Steve was on leave from Mixrun , and serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education, acting as the Deputy Director of Education Technology. This article is the result of the work of 15 students exploring ed tech and carrying out said interview.

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Gabriella Coleman talks Education, Human Rights and Social Change

Just like last year, a few folks from the video team here at Red Hat went to the Open Video Conference. This year we met Gabriella Coleman, an assistant professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU, Steinhardt. We got the opportunity to listen to her talk about human rights videos, education, and understanding the responsibilities that come with posting media. She's done some wonderful work on her own, which you can see on her blog--a fascinating read. She does great work elsewhere as well:  » Read more

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Diving into open source communities: Students' need to knows

One of the talks at POSSCON's education track was John "maddog" Hall's presentation titled "FOSS Teaches You Twice or Three Times." A 42-year veteran of the computer industry, maddog has seen it all. He's since turned his attention to the field of education and the work of creating a nation of thinkers and self-directed lifelong learners. » Read more

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OVC evolution, a snapshot of a student HFOSS work-in-progress

Three Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) students recently gained recognition for a Humanitarian Free and Open Source (HFOSS) proof-of-concept project, Open Video Chat (OVC).  OVC put a functional video chat program written designed for deaf students on to the OLPC XO 1.5 computer. This is the story of how it got started and where it can go from here. » Read more

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Improving the speed and quality of research via shared algorithm implementations

The dissemination of ideas throughout a research field is absolutely critical. For example, recent algorithms have become quite complex and ideas are tightly coupled to their implementations. The ability to share and obtain these implementations quickly is crucial to the future success of many fields. My message is easily summarized - doing your part to enable the maximum potential of future research is as easy as sharing your code. » Read more

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Capturing SIGCSE conversation: Computer science professors discuss teaching open source

We asked you earlier what you'd ask 1,200 computer science professors about open source given the chance. So when I headed down to Dallas, Texas for SIGCSE 2011, the largest CS education conference in the world, I took your notes to the Teaching Open Source (TOS) birds of a feather session and listened in on the conversations there. » Read more

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Can the open source way help nurture passion in classrooms?

Recently, Red Hat held a panel discussion for the North Carolina STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) organization. There were lots of great conversations around education and how to prepare students for careers in technology. One recurring theme was passion. » Read more

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Get open source into your classroom

I presented at POSSCON this week on introducing and using open source software in your school or classroom. Now I’d like to take a few minutes to hit some of the high points and give you a look at how you can bring open source to your school with a minimal of effort.

First . . . why? Why would you want to use FOSS (free and open source software) in education? Let’s take a look at what we use computers for in a typical classroom.
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Students in open source--How do I get started?

The Palmetto Open Source Conference (POSSCON), currently happening in Columbia, SC, has a large number of students and people new to open source attending. Leslie Hawthorn of the OSU Open Source Lab gave them an introduction yesterday afternoon for how students can get started in open source.

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Introducing the OER university: 5 Questions with Wayne Mackintosh

I first learned of the idea of OERu from a webinar coordinated by Steve Hargadon at FutureofEducation.com's lecture series. » Read more

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