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Subject:

FOSSVT Early Bird registration now open!

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Bryant Patten <[log in to unmask]>

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School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:01:56 -0500

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VITA-Learn & The National Center for Open Source and Education are co- 
sponsoring:

*****       FOSSVT - 2009       *****

Vermont's Open Source and Education Conference
       Friday, April 10th, 2009
            Lake Morey Inn
                Fairlee, VT


Early Bird Registration is now open!  ( http://ncose.org/node/47 )

Let this be the year you give a close look to whether Open Source  
should be a part of the technology mix in your classroom and server  
closet. As school budgets get tighter, the 'Free-as-in-no-cost' part  
of Open Source will continue to be important. But equally important  
are the 21st Century skills (teamwork, collaboration, real-world  
projects, etc.) that students gain through exposure to the world of  
Free and Open Source software.

What's New This Year:

Our Keynote speaker: Randy Orwin - Randy Orwin is currently the  
Director of Technology with Bainbridge Island School District in  
Washington State. He is in his 9th year as technology director with  
Bainbridge Island. Randy has spent 22 years providing technology  
professional development for teachers, has a masters degree in  
Instructional Technology and holds numerous technology certifications.  
He is passionate about Open Source software and open content and his  
district currently saves approximately $125,000 per year by using Open  
Source Software.

Sugar-on-a-stick: Caroline Meeks and Walter Bender will be showing  
Sugar the new operating system designed for exploratory education and  
how you can have your whole educational environment boot from a flash  
drive. From the Sugarlabs website: "Sugar provides a simple yet  
powerful means of engaging young children in the world of learning  
that is opened up by computers and the Internet. With Sugar, even the  
youngest learner will quickly become proficient in using the computer  
as a tool to engage in authentic problem-solving. Sugar promotes  
sharing, collaborative learning, and reflection, developing skills  
that help them in all aspects of life."


Here are some of the presentations planned for this year:

For Teachers:
      - David Trask will be returning from Maine to to present  
'Getting started with Open Source: A Classroom Teacher's Primer'
      - Stephanie Chase will be waxing eloquent about building  
communities around Open Source projects through her experience with  
the Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (vokal).
      - Michael Mino from the The Center for 21st Century Skills will  
be talking about using Moodle and ELGG to teach science and technology  
and how to document student's work using the integrated e-Portfolio.

For Technologists:
      - Bjorn Behrendt will be demonstrating backup using FOG (the  
FOSS alternative to Ghost)
      - Niccolo Eneidi will dive into how to configure edubuntu in a  
blended environment - with highlights of how to use in a summer camp  
building “Frankensteined” computers, how to install it on netbooks and  
how to get it working with Smartboards.

Hands-On Sessions:
- Russel Gregory will be showing you how to blend Open Source and  
proprietary solutions to make movies sound tracks and clamations.
- Carolyn Meeks will be guiding people through the new Sugar world of  
collaboration and exploration.


Bonus!
As an extra incentive, we will be giving flash drives with Untangle's  
new Re-Router technology to the first 30 *paid* registrants so  
register early and get those checks or Purchase Order numbers in  
quickly! And as a final incentive to register early, all Early Bird  
registrants get entered TWICE in the Netbook giveaway at the end of  
the conference!

*****  Last year's FOSSVT sold out so don't wait too long to  
register.  *******
	     ( http://ncose.org/node/47 )


For people wanting to come the night before, there are a block of  
rooms reserved at $85/ night. Just call the Lake Morey Resort  
(1-800-423-1211) and mention the Vermont Open Source Conference.

If you have any questions, email [log in to unmask] or call The National  
Center for Open Source and Education at (802) 333-FREE

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