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(FWD) Re: [seul-edu] Linux community support for education

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Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 19:11:21 -0800
From: Bruce Anderson <bganders@pacbell.net>
Subject: Re: [seul-edu] Linux community support for education
To: seul-edu@seul.org

I had a very good experience last year (Aug 99) with the South Bay LUG.
I was newly hired to put together a computer science program at Westmont
High School in Campbell, CA.  There was no budget to buy anything
although there were 11 old Pentiums.  I sent an email to the LUG and the
following week a whole crew (at least 5) showed up to install Linux and
show me what to do.  They got VALinux to donate a PII server.  I now
have a lab of 36 recycled machines and seem to be able to keep them
going now with only occasional outside help.  They always come through
when I really need them, but they all have high powered jobs in Silicon
Valley and are under a lot of pressure at work so I don't get all the
handholding I might like.  Of course I might get myself to some of the
LUG meetings but I seem to always have papers to grade and lessons to

Doug Loss wrote:

> As most of you know, I write fortnightly reports on Linux in
> education.  My next report is due on Monday, and I have very little
> to write about.  For that reason I'm trying to "prime the pump" and
> generate some interesting and useful discussion.  If you can think
> of any questions you'd like to ask the list, now is the time.
> Here's my question.  We've talked before about how the Linux
> community can get involved in education through advocacy and support
> of local schools.  That was useful information for those of us who
> are primarily Linux techies but not educators.  What I'd like to
> find out is if any of us who are teachers or school administrators
> have received or tried to enlist the help of local LUGs or other
> Linux community resources in their efforts to use Linux in school.
> If so, how successful were you?  If you were dissatisfied with the
> help you received (if any), why and in what way was it lacking?  If
> you haven't tried to locate and avail yourself of local Linux
> resources, why not?  Is there anything the Linux community can or
> should do to help you in your efforts?
> I'll be on a panel dealing with Linux use in education at the
> LinuxWorld Expo in New York City in a few weeks, and your responses
> will very likely become part of what I say to the attendees.  Here's
> your chance to speak to the community!
> --
> Doug Loss                 God is a comedian playing
> Data Network Coordinator  to an audience too afraid
> Bloomsburg University     to laugh.
> dloss@bloomu.edu                Voltaire

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