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RE: [seul-edu] Open Source In-service Materials.

For those who have not seen the ad

It is a very nice ad from IBM about the benifits of Open Source.  I plan
on starting the presentation with this ad not only because it's a great
advertisement, but also almost everyone knows the three letters IBM, and
that will hopefully provide some legitimacy in their eyes.

After that I plan to show some clips from Revolution OS(I've not watched
it yet, but It should arrive soon.

To finish up I plan on setting up a LTSP server, and load it up with
software that they can try out.  Image editing with GIMP, e-mail with
evolution/kmail, Office stuff with OpenOffice.  And then to finish up I
plan on having at least 30 mins for a question and answer time.

My only real issue is what to put between the media part, and the hands
on part.  I hope to use that time to promote the Free(not price) aspects
of Open Source, and I will be sure to touch on the low barrier to entry,
and how it levels the playing field for all students.

On Mon, 2003-10-06 at 10:56, Chris Puttick wrote:
> My personally most effective line is that of social inclusion: a school that
> utilises open source can share the solutions freely with all their pupils
> and staff, which disadvantages no one but makes for a more level playing
> field for the poorer pupils; open source can have the further incusive
> aspect of providing for minority (and other!) language support, with many
> web-based applications being able to change their interface language on the
> fly and save that as a user preference.
> The ease of contributing also attracts many teachers; open source projects
> usually welcome input from users seeking further functionality. The idea of
> sharing teaching resources and thus lowering the individual work load is
> another big plus.
> I'd be interested in a copy of your final presentation - especially if it
> has the right effect!
> Cheers
> Chris
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott Brooks
> To: seul-edu@seul.org
> Sent: 10/6/03 5:49 PM
> Subject: [seul-edu] Open Source In-service Materials.
> I am going to be doing an In-service on Open Source at the end of this
> month, and I was wondering if anyone had any hints, or tips for showing
> teachers the advantages of Open Source.
> I brought this up about a year ago on this same list, but I was unable
> to do the In-service last time, and have since lost all the helpfull
> e-mails.
> I hope to sell them on Open Source for more things then just the price.
> Thanks for any information you can provide
> Scott Brooks