Scratch is a great tool for teaching programming to young children, but what happens when kids outgrow Scratch? Among Raspberry Pi aficionados, the typical answer is to advance to using Python, which is an excellent choice. However, in honor of the 50th birthday of BASIC, I would like to suggest... Read more
6 comments Posted 24 Apr 2014 by Joshua Allen Holm Feed
school of open
Every generation since the beginning of human existence has passed its value system, principles, methodologies, and skillsets on to the next generation. This passing on of information within cultures has been followed by the development of a systematic approach to learning techniques. Formal... Read more
2 comments Posted 23 Apr 2014 by Aseem Sharma Feed keynote address
The following is an adapted transcription from the keynote address given at the 2014 SIGCSE conference by Hadi Partovi, founder of   Thanks for the warm welcome! Last year, SIGCSE (Special Interested Group on Computer Science Education) was a week after our launch. It questioned our... Read more
1 comment Posted 22 Apr 2014 by Remy DeCausemaker (Red Hat) Feed
How to get a job with open source
"Work on stuff that matters" is a famous call to action from founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Tim O’Reilly. But, how about working on stuff that matters while getting paid for it? There are an abundance of open source-related jobs out there if you’ve got the right skills.
13 comments Posted 22 Apr 2014 by Jason Hibbets (Red Hat) Feed
Linux system administration
When I began my current job at Algoma University as the systems librarian, I really had no idea what I was getting into. Despite a decade in library information technology (IT), I felt nervous over my primary task: to help develop and administer Evergreen, an open source library catalogue system.... Read more
10 comments Posted 21 Apr 2014 by Robin Isard Feed
Digital Public Library of America
When the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) opened last year, Carolyn Fox covered it's progress after one month in her article: Review of the new Digital Public Library of America. In it she explained that the purpose of the Library is "to provide a large-scale, national public digital... Read more
1 comment Posted 18 Apr 2014 by Jen Wike Huger (Red Hat) Feed
library tools for open source
Libraries of all types have the same questions about open source software that are asked by technologists in other fields. Does open source make sense for me? What open source packages mesh well with the skills already in my organization? Where can I go to get training, documentation, hosting, and/... Read more
0 comments Posted 17 Apr 2014 by Peter Murray Feed
introducing open source
I was intrigued to read this recent article in The Guardian about public libraries’ new role as community problem solvers. If you read carefully into this article you’ll notice the author talks about libraries becoming more involved with "proactive community engagement." This means that libraries... Read more
3 comments Posted 17 Apr 2014 by Phil Shapiro 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
4 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