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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  
this work.

"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  
functionality.

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  
using Scratch.

Technological Literacy: Combating the Digital Divide in an Afterschool  
Program
Bethany Silva, Mentor
Explore the triumphs and struggles of teaching technological literacy  
using free and open source software with youth from the King Street  
Center.

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.
Michael Vining
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  
libraries
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.
www.ncose.org