Vermont's Third Annual Open Source and Education Conference (FOSSVT)
will suit you to a 'T' whether you are a teacher, technician or
totally tilting toward tomorrow's technologies. This year we are no
longer focusing on advocacy (since you already know how great Open
Source is) but focusing on implementation and how Free and Open Source
Software helps close the Digital Divide by providing universal access
to all students. Teacher sessions focus on how to use FOSS in
elementary, middle school and high school classes.
But the Early Bird price of $99 goes away at midnight on March 15th so
don't wait to register.
( http://www.ncose.org/node/47 )
Here are some of the FOSSVT 2010 Presentations:
Educational Leadership in a Flat Supervisory Union: A Practical Guide
to Opening Up Vermont's Public Education System
Daniel French, Superintendent
The open source revolution has significant implications for Vermont's
educational leaders as they work to expand and enhance learning
opportunities for students. This presentation will highlight several
system approaches that can move our schools forward in this area, and
will explore state-level policy considerations necessary to sustain
"Leveling the Playing Field" with Open Source applications and computers
Eric Hall, Technologist
Distributing open source applications and reconditioning retired
computers has helped us improve home access for our students, moving
us toward "digital equity" in our community. Open source applications
are also helping us tackle compatibility issues. Come learn about the
applications we have chosen for school and giveaway computers, and the
strategies we are using to rebuild older computers for optimal
Sugar Coating your Classroom
Caroline Meeks, Technology Evangelist
Sugar! Good for kids' minds and school budgets! Sugar is the free open
source kids operating system that boots from a USB stick! This means
you can use Sugar on your existing classroom computer with out
installing any new software. Kids can take them home and use them on
their parents computers without effecting their computer. Sugar is
designed for learning at the K to 6th grade levels. It is used by a
million kids on the One Laptop per Child XO computers including every
child in the country of Uruguay! Sugar includes hundreds of free
educational activities including: memorize games, simple word
processing, simple mind mapping tools, programming for kids, music,
art, learning activities and eBooks Galore! People around the world
add more everyday. Put all this into your kid's pocket!
'Hacking Democracy' with Scratch
Tammie Patten, Teacher
Scratch is an easy and fun-to-use Open Source graphical programming
language developed by MIT. It’s perfect for teaching basic programming
concepts and skills. In fact, it is so easy to use that it also
integrates well into general subject areas. In this seminar, we will
take a look at a week-long classroom unit for students in grades 8-12
that looks at electronic voting machines and their implications for
the democratic process. You’ll take away a copy of the lesson plan as
well as a copy of the “voting machine” program that students create
Technological Literacy: Combating the Digital Divide in an Afterschool
Bethany Silva, Mentor
Explore the triumphs and struggles of teaching technological literacy
using free and open source software with youth from the King Street
What's new in OpenSource Music Creation?
Dave Tisdell, Teacher
Rosegarden, the musical Swiss army knife, has just released a major
upgrade. It has new features and a new code base. If you haven't
looked at Rosegarden before, it is a sequencer, notation editor, and
digital audio recorder. Right now Rosegarden is Linux only but the new
code base makes porting to other operating systems much easier.
MuseScore is a professional quality notation editor similar to
Sibelius. It runs in Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. With support for a
variety of file formats like music xml and MIDI, moving files in and
out of different types of musical applications is a snap.
MythTV and VLC: How to capture, store, and access Broadcast or Cable
Television on demand.
MythTV is an open source media center which hosts media files and with
the addition of a supported TV-Tuner it can act as a DVR. VLC is an
open source media player which can be used to play nearly any media
available on a computer. Together you can capture live broadcasts and
simultaneously store and multi-cast the event to all your LAN clients.
The use of multi-cast greatly reduces the network bandwidth and server
load and you can provide that stored recording on demand at a later
date. This is a great way to minimize bandwidth and maximize exposure
to current events.
Solving Problems with FOSS - what works and doesn't work in Vermont's
Jessamyn West, Librarian
Vermont's own YouTube sensation, Jessamyn West will talk about her
last several years working with small libraries in Orange County and
describe the ups and downs of various FOSS projects from Ubuntu
installs to Koha implementations to making people happy with Firefox."
FOSSVT has sold out in previous years so don't wait.