Getting Open Source into Education
cmw.osdude 120000QT77 Comments (2) Visits (2008)
openSUSE Brings New Li-F-E To Schools."
I really think that Open Source, and especially Linux, has a lot to offer the education environment. OpenSUSE seems to be providing some options here, though a quick look at my Ubuntu setup seems to have many of the packages that they list. I really wish I had this access to free tools when I was of school age. An educator who is motivated to expose students to technology has access to just about any concept imaginable, in an open-source form. Students who are motivated to go further than their curriculum demands can dig into anything with very few requirements other than access to a computer.
I started a Wiki called "Open Source Education" with the goal of building resources to help parents, educators and self-motivated students to use Open Source to increase the richness of technology education. I haven't been completely sure where to begin. Is there anyone reading this who is looking to solve a particular education problem and would like to include an Open Source solution? Is there anyone who is successfully using Open Source in an education environment? I think that motion in this area would empower more people to make good use of technology. The ripples from that could affect everything. You never know from where the next game-changing idea will come. It could be a major corporation dripping with commercial solutions. It might come from a creative individual in a remote place that is not known for technology. We should cast our net as far as possible and bring these things to everyone who has curiosity.