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Re: [school-discuss] SchoolForge as a visible entity

Good ideas.

Quoting SteelHead <bill@ries-knight.net>:

> Schoolforge is rapidly approaching it's first anniversary.  In this
> time many people have learned to work together and share Ideas
> within the community.

> A Better Solution is to show up in a place where educators and
> administrators are likely to be wandering around looking for a
> solution to meet their latest issues or long term planning.  Where
> do teachers and administrators walk around looking for solutions?
> At teacher conferences.  At education conferences.  At education
> showcase events.
> There are many of these education events held in almost any local
> region you can imagine.  Some are huge, some are small and some are
> very well focused.
> Right now we have some friends in the Pacific Northwest that may be
> able to  take part in the NECC conference in Seattle next summer.
> <http://www.neccsite.org> I know it is some time away, but a well
> planned presence at a conference of this type can provide some
> really fine exposure.  The time for planning always seems long, but
> in looking at this event, I just noticed there is a short (for us)
> deadline in submitting a proposal for the conference.
> <http://ccenter.uoregon.edu/conferences/NECC2003/newcomers/default.php>
> This would be a nice opportunity if some of the folks out there have
> a product service or approach to present to the education community,
> this is a great time and place to begin.  The deadline is October 9
> 2002 for proposals.
> In the past we have taken SEUL.org to LinuxWorld and to a CUE
> conference <<http://www.cue.org >>.  At Linux world there were many
> interested in what Seul.org is involved in, but almost none were in
> a place to position any kind of an OpenSource solution in any
> school., let alone in a district.  At the CUE conference held in
> Sacramento two years ago,  we had a moderate response, added a few
> people to the Seul/edu mailing list.  We were able to keep costs at
> almost nothing because we were able to share space with
> Mandrakesoft. for this event. The folks at Mandrakesoft, like may
> other OpenSource companies, are not real hot on spending money on
> tradeshows that do not see an immediate return.
> We need to see what local as well as corporate resources can be
> marshalled to fund booths at events like this one and perhaps look
> at a few "personal" dollars for those that can attend these
> conferences, but are not financially independent.
> Toss in your thoughts.
> Bill Ries-Knight

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