Education

open source tools for libraries
There was a time when working in the library I found it very frustrating (as many librarians do) that there were so few options for software that actually did what I needed. In libraries we're so used to there being this vendor=software model. Where one vendor controls a product and while there... Read more
5 comments Posted 14 Apr 2014 by Nicole C. Engard Feed
Open Libary Week book contest
It's Open Library Week at Opensource.com, and we're celebrating open source tools and methods for libraries with a contest. Enter for a chance to win two books of your choice from O'Reilly Media. When you enter, be sure to select your favorite public library becuase they could win too. If you win,... Read more
1 comment Posted 14 Apr 2014 by Opensource.com (Red Hat) Feed
Textbooks with a cost
Eben Upton is best known as the man behind the Raspberry Pi, a tiny, $25 computer designed to help turn kids into programmers. Upton priced it at $25 because he thought that's around what an average textbook cost: "I now understand that's an incorrect estimate. If we had a better idea of what... Read more
3 comments Posted 7 Apr 2014 by Steven Ovadia Feed
Open education
Open source enthusiasts firmly believe that much is possible when people band together. After all, the core underpinning of open source doctrine is social. So I recently decided it's time that teachers band together to specify the computers we want manufacturers to make. Open source thinking gives... Read more
5 comments Posted 4 Apr 2014 by Phil Shapiro Feed
Open source in education is key
The Association for Computing Machinery's annual meeting of their Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education is one of the largest academic computing meetings there is. This year's event featured a full-day workshop on teaching open source practices, tools, and techniques by engaging... Read more
3 comments Posted 31 Mar 2014 by Greg Hislop Feed
open hardware class
Most people think of their interactions with computer systems to occur via a keyboard, mouse, or touchscreen. However, humans evolved to interact with thier environment and each other in much more intricate ways. Bridging the gap between the computational systems of the digital world and the... Read more
2 comments Posted 28 Mar 2014 by Jonathan Muckell Feed
open education resources
I first read about Chris Whittum in an article on Fosters.com. Once I read that he was interested in using open source software in education, I knew I had to learn more about him. After working in education, Chris decided to share his knowledge in an eBook called: Energize Education Through Open... Read more
2 comments Posted 25 Mar 2014 by Nicole C. Engard Feed
Arduino
Are you new to Arduino? Open hardware like the Arduino Starter Pack from Adafruit is a great way to start tinkering with this small computer board. It is the ideal kit for beginners to open hardware or anyone looking to start a project using the Arduino microcontroller. To start, you need a... Read more
5 comments Posted 24 Mar 2014 by Luis Ibanez Feed
What is Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software (HFOSS) in education and how can we get more students involved? HFOSS is open source software that has a humanitarian purpose such as disaster management, health care, economic development, social services, and more. Experience with undergraduate... Read more
2 comments Posted 21 Mar 2014 by Heidi Ellis Feed
open source robotics
Meet Ellie, a six week old robot weighing 100 lbs who can launch a two foot diameter exercise ball over 10 feet in the air! Ellie even has eyes: a webcam fitted to the front of her chassis that uses code written in Python running on a Raspberry Pi to process images. Ellie’s main code is written in... Read more
7 comments Posted 19 Mar 2014 by Lauren Egts Feed

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