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Back to school with open source: Five tools for less stress and better learning

open source resources for school

For parents: Shopping for back-to-school supplies, textbooks, clothing, and other accouterments can be frustrating and expensive. To help take the sting out of this ritual, students and parents might consider turning to free, open source software and tools in preparation for a new year of study. 

For students: Beyond cost savings, open source software empowers students to take ownership of their work and be free of software licensing treadmills. And, perhaps the ultimate educational opportunity is the ability to examine, analyze, and contribute to open source software and tools like these.

For teachers: Turning theory to practice, students can learn by doing as they help with documentation, quality testing, bug review, or even code contributions. Teaching is not simply the delivery of content, via lecture-taxi, to passive minds. Participation and collaboration ignites powerful learning, and empowers students to engage in thoughtful, meaningful scholarship. And open source can be the catalyst.

Here are five great open source applications for learning. Share this list to your favorite student or teacher!

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How to create an eBook the open source way

Publishing the open source way

Astute readers will have noticed that we’ve begun publishing our "Open Voices" eBooks in the ePub format. Now, some of our best essays and interviews are available as lightweight and portable files, and can be read on any electronic reading device that supports this open standard.

And who better to undertake the task of converting our library than your friendly opensource.com intern? This summer, I’ve refined what I consider a simple, reliable method for creating eBooks the open source way. Today, I’d like to share it.

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Apache Software Foundation announces release plans and IP concerns for OpenOffice.org

Yesterday The Apache Software Foundation Blog posted "Open Letter to the Open Document Format Ecosystem" regarding the current state and future of OpenOffice.org, an open source project that has had a challenging year. Both it and LibreOffice released their 3.3 versions in January. Then in April, Oracle announced it would no longer offer commercial support for OpenOffice.org. In June, Oracle donated OpenOffice.org to The Apache Software Foundation. » Read more

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Why you need document freedom

It seems everything has a special day--but you may not have run into Document Freedom Day, which this year is being celebrated on March 30th. Don’t for a second underestimate the importance of document freedom. It sounds dull - not just mundane, but the forgotten esoterica of the mundane - but it’s a crucial driver in the dominance of major software vendors. If the other elements of our Digital liberty are to be allowed to unfurl in their natural order, we need document freedom. » Read more

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