When I first got the chance to meet Greg DeKoenigsberg in person three years ago at a conference in Brussels, he mentioned a book as part of a talk he was giving: Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen. And that book helped me define what it's really all about: How can we change education using... Read more
Academics - students and teachers both - often want to know what open source community participation will "count" for. Course credit? Research and publication? Better tools to increase efficiency? Teaching? Presentation opportunities? The answer is "yes."
When it considers Golan v. Holder in the coming months, the United States Supreme Court could potentially put an end to a decade-long copyright battle whose outcome significantly affects educators' abilities to use public domain works. In the process, it will wrestle with a thorny question of... Read more
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... Read more
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
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
The opensouce.com community is growing fast, and we're trying to figure out who we are and what we care about. The more we know about ourselves, the more relevant our content and discussions will be. These polls aren't scientific, but they will give us a useful snapshot of of our growing community... Read more