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Education Reform: Insert your favorite “Wrath of Khan” joke blog title here

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For any agent of change, there’s no measurement of success so sure as the steady accumulation of vocal critics — and Sal Khan is finding all kinds of critics as he continues to press forward.

What’s most notable is that he’s finding many of his most vocal critics among professional educators who are eager to point out that he’s Doing It Wrong, and that their own methods are clearly superior.

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By sharing with open source projects, professors teach the importance of giving back

(This is the fourth and final post in the "Voices of POSSE" series, a collection of interviews conducted at this year's Professors' Open Source Summer Experience, held in Raleigh, NC, July 23-24.)

At Bacone College in Muskogee, OK, students use open source tools every day. They manage coursework with Moodle. They browse a school website built with Joomla. And they write papers with OpenOffice. » Read more

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Open education: Are Google and Chromebook helping or hurting?

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 » Read more

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Games for life: Girl Scouts, games, and the open source way

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 Computing, and Digital Rochester. » Read more

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Education in 2030: Open source and community-based

I'd like to talk about what education is going to look like 20 years from now. I think, in 2030, our schools will mimic open source communities. » Read more

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Do you speak my language? Education versus open source processes and principles

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. » Read more

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Avoiding the pitfalls of open education

Experiential learning using open source is fraught with opportunities for disaster.

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Education Reform: What I want my children to learn

“The knowledge and information that my children are getting through the formal education system--is it good enough for them to face the rapid advancements in science and technology?”

“Are my kids getting ready to face the rapid changes in social structure?”

“Are my children developing a solid foundation to be successful in a globalized world?”
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The role of technical forums in the progress of open source

I am a huge advocate of the concept of open source software. As a society, we are at a point where information sharing is more critical than ever. Technical forums support the mission of open source in multiple ways. First, they allow programmers to work outside of their expertise. Second, forums allow people to share their experiences with software. Last, they allow scientific researchers who are not always (not usually) well-trained programmers to carry out their research with an entire community to help them make design decisions and help them through technical difficulties. » Read more

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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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