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Re: [school-discuss] Re: Linux inservice day

Am Sonntag, 1. September 2002 17:57 schrieb Douglas S. Blank:
> This is a great idea, and one that we should all do!
> How about an annual, international day that we celebrate and inform
> our local schools about open source in education? But larger than
> just Linux, an "Open Source Day".

Why not just call it Free Software Day? It sounds a little political 
or hippy, but that impression fades quickly if you start to talk 
about examples like Linux, Apache, you name them. 

I think it is a question of which buzzword to choose, and I'd prefer 
"Free Software", not "Open Source". "Open Source" might sound less 
political, but I prefer to be called a hippy dreamer than a 
capitalist schmock. It's surely easier to argument.

- Burkhard

> Maybe there is already such a day? I did a quick google search to
> see if I could find one. There have been days called "Open Source
> Day" but I could only find one-time deals. Nevertheless, there are
> some useful resources, for example:
> http://www.dclug.org.uk/ossday/ (April 27)
> http://www.holtww.com/newholt/hww-news.shtml (November 22)
> This would give us some momentum and some exposure. It would
> certainly encourage me to target a specific day to finally do some
> local informing. What do you think?
> -Doug
> Scott Brooks <scottbrooks@telusplanet.net> said:
> > My father is the assistant superintendent of the local school
> > board, so I have started to talk to him to see if at the next
> > teachers convention if I could do a Open Source in Schools
> > presentation, or something like that.
> >
> > Does anyone know of any resources, notes, or any wizdom that
> > would help make this presentation better.
> >
> > It's an idea that just came into my head today, so I don't have
> > much down in terms of a plan, but it would probably be something
> > like the following.
> >
> > 1) Brief intro to Open source, and it's Philosophies.  Talk a bit
> > about how the principles of Open Source are things we would like
> > to see grow in the students (sharing, cooperative work, etc)
> >
> > 2) Bring in my system from home running LTSP, and have several
> > boot disks to quickly convert a lab into a linux lab for them to
> > try on.
> >
> > I would run them through Open Office, The Gimp, Mozilla, various
> > educational pieces of software, etc.
> >
> > 3) Wrap things up with about 15-20 mins of question and answer,
> > hand out CD's with the windows ports of Open Office, The Gimp,
> > Mozilla, etc.
> >
> > Depending on the crowd I might spend more time on the LTSP part
> > to show some of the power of a fully multi user OS.
> >
> > Does anyone have any wizdom as to showing something like this to
> > teachers, I would love to hear it.  The presentation would not be
> > until march, but I would like to get started on things now to
> > have a good outline done.
> >
> > Thanks
> > Scott Brooks

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