This Thursday (3/25) the New York State Ubuntu LoCo will converge on Ithaca and join the Ithaca Free Software Association at EdTech Day 2010 in Ithaca NY. The description that the organizers give the event is:
Educational Technology Day is a regional technology event that attracts over 1,600 people annually from the upstate New York region. It features local and national vendors such as Apple, Dell, Epson, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Microsoft, SunGard Higher Education, and many others.
While one of the primary audiences for the event is the higher education community, the event is open to all, and there is plenty of information of interest to the K-12 and business communities. You’ll be able to talk directly with major computer and technology vendors, explore educational applications, be dazzled by computer graphics and state of the art audio-visual systems, learn how technology is being used today in and outside of higher education, and see what can be expected in the coming years.
The Ubuntu LoCo team will have members four members from Rochester and two from Syracuse manning a booth on the main sales floor (a few booths over from Microsoft) and I will be giving a presentation on FOSS and 21st Century Skills. The presentation will focus on how working with an open sources project like Ubuntu will provide real world experience for students. Real projects for teachers to guide their students too. Real depth in their applications stack. Last year we gave out over 300 CDs in under two hours. This year we are bringing over 700 CDs to the event and hope this will be enough to make it through the day. I will be updating my blog from the event and after.
The time for FOSS in education is now and I am trying to get that message out.