Open Source and Equity in Schools
October 3, 2009 6 Comments
I have just learned that my presentation entitled “Educational Technology and Equity in Today’s Schools” has been accepted at the Annual NYSCATE conference. Last year I presented a topic on how to save money with open source software at Ed Tech Day 2009 and this is a follow-up to that topic. The main thrust of the presentation will be on how the cost of computing is now mostly in the cost of the software, not the computer. To close the digital divide schools should embrace open source software because it eliminates up to 50% of the cost to students and their families.
One component of ‘embracing’ open source is using open source productivity applications that are cross platform. This allows the schools to not ‘throw away’ their investment in OS X or Windows while at the same time reducing the cost for software. It is a ‘baby step’ towards going totally open source. In the coming weeks I will write more about the presentation as I flesh it out.
What I also find amazing is that there are other presentations being given about open source software:
- Save Money by Deploying Linux and Open Source Software
- Collaboration using Open Source Server Applications
- Teach Research Skills with Firefox
- Using Free and Open Source Tools to Teach Digital Citizenship