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***** FOSSVT - 2009 *****
Vermont's Open Source and Education Conference
Friday, April 10th, 2009
Lake Morey Inn
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
***** Last year's FOSSVT sold out so don't wait too long to
( 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