Open tools for education...
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Today I came across this article, "What a classroom will look like in 10 years," discussing how technological resources may change the face of education in the future. One of the things that they mention are the evolving Smartboards, which are interactive white boards which provide the flexibility and visibility of a traditional white board with all the power of a computer. Very little digging showed me where a similar result can be had with a Wii remote and open-source software (in particular the Wiimote Whiteboard). I've ordered a used Wiimote and an infrared pen to play with this. I can't wait to take this into a presentation situation and have the host wonder why they've never been able to do that with their projector.
I can't help but feel that we are leaving a lot on the table when it comes to open technology and education. I've spoken to various people about what is lacking to teach kids technology and I consistently see opportunity with Linux and open-source tools to teach everything from basic computer skills to development, system administration, security and beyond. Every protocol and technology seems to have some relationship to open-source, yet much of this seems to be ignored. I just don't understand why this is the case.
I would love to put together a sample curriculum for technology using open tools, which would be accessible to public, private and home educators. Is there any interest in this? Waiting for kids to discover these things in college is way too late. Perhaps if we put something out there it will help some people overcome these barriers to resources and help create some interested innovators who can feed themselves and others around them with technology.
Does anyone know if an existing project out there which could be a starting point?