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Re: [school-discuss] what pieces of software would you demo to K-12teachers ?

Seems to me that if these folks are teachers and not sys-admins there may be no quicker way of turning them off than showing 'pipe-work'.
Why not take for a voyage of exploration in space instead http://www.shatters.net/celestia/ to show the kind of software that you can get under open source and that demonstrates an important aspect of Open Source - that it can harness the skills of enthusiasts and specialists in ALL fields to provide educational material. It runs on Windows and *nix systems to minimize the road blocks to entry. There may be many better, more focused (but sexy) curriculum based apps that will do the same thing and that others can identify.
Lift the eyes, inspire don't grind 'em to death with detail. The real world will re-appear fast enough!
Good luck


If you had just a brief time in which to demo open source software to a
bunch of K-12 teachers...

...(who were new to the whole OS thing, and not necessarily convinced it was
all that great)...

...the point being to wow them with what OS could do for them, so they want
to explore further...

... what pieces of software would you demo? (Again, just briefly, so they
get the gist of what it does & how they'd really benefit.)

Note #1: Part of the the point is some of their schools might accept donated
hardware in the near future, so if the K12 Linux Terminal Server or Linux in
general is to be an viable option, there needs to be a lot of attraction to
the software that can run on it.

Note #2: I've glanced through SEUL/Edu. The case studies are appealing to
sys admins more than to teachers, and the application list is not ranked
such that I can pick out, say, the 5 most popular. I looked at the reviews
area, but the only one that jumped out as a clear winner there was moodle,
with several positive reviews.

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