Can Open Source save the world … or at least the part of it we call K-12 education? Schools all over the U.S. are desperately seeking ways to provide students with technology education, collaborative team skills and experience with real world problems. This comes at a time when school must justify every dollar spent. From UDL to differentiated learning, the Open Source community and its collaborative, cross-cultural method of creating software, hardware and data is a natural model for the requested transformation of U.S. K-12 schools. Schools are slowly recognizing the value of integrating FOSS solutions and methods but if the Open Source community actively reached out to schools, the transformation might happen a generation earlier.
This talk is targeted at FOSS project leaders and community members and will explain how our skills, knowledge and experience can be invaluable to educators in our home towns. Linux is definitely ready for the desktop. It is just a smaller desk than we expected.
Mr. Patten has spent the last 20 years developing educational software for a variety of clients. He has managed the engineering departments for several companies, including his own, and has won several awards for software design. He is currently bringing Open Source software solutions to schools to help maximize their technology dollars and close the digital divide between students of diverse economic backgrounds. Mr Patten is also the Executive Director of the National Center for Open Source and Education – a non profit organization advocating Open Source adoption in K-12 schools throughout the country.
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