Re: [OS:N:] Linux in Schools, Need presentation materials/content
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If you need another speaker (or whatever), I'm in New Hampshire, so just let me know. I'm a former teacher in both public/private schools, district technology coordinator, and professor and am well versed with Linux and its use in education.I'm setting up a regional conference on "Linux in Primary Schools" targeting school systems in Central and Eastern Massachusetts.
I'm looking for presentation material (Slides, brochures, white papers, web pages - whatever) and presentation content.
Attached is an OpenOffice slide show on free software that I've used...
Make sure you include something on programming in school environments. To me, this is a big item that is often overlooked. Most schools use the VB/VC++ combo (perhaps Java too) -- that curriculum is just weak. VB was never meant to train programmers and it creates a lot of bad habits.Topics we need content for include:
I've got a good amount of experience and lots of stories and anecdotal stuff; I'd need more specifics to go into detail...Anything about using Linux in a school (or a medium sized business)
I think the GPL/virus thing is a huge red herring -- just avoid it. Schools and businesses just don't care about that license subtlety. That clause of the GPL is only of concern to commercial software houses -- they're the ones that have to be concerned with distributing modified code. A typical school is happy if someone uses their modified code (if they modify things at all, and in 99% of the cases they won't touch the source code, let alone redistribute it).Anything about Linux legal issues (Why the GPL is NOT a virus etc..)
This is a key. IMHO, end users need little or no training. It isn't hard to click on GNOME's foot or KDE's K instead of the start button. OpenOffice is so close to MS Office that little training is needed there. If one knows how to use the web, it doesn't matter what browser you're using.Training existing tech staff about Linux.
I am also looking for people who will be interested in presenting at such a conference.
Give me as much lead time as possible and I'd be happy to. Regards, . Randy
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