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    Linux and Education

    A link between free software and education was first made by Richard Stallman in his essay Why Schools Should Use Exclusively Free Software.
    Allow me initially to summarise what Richard Stallman said in his essay: free software should be used exclusively in schools because:

    * It can save schools money.
    * Schools should promote ways of living that benefit society as a whole; and free software, like recycling, does this.
    * It promotes the idea that learning is not wrong, as proprietary software does when students reach an age when they start to ask “how does this work?”
    * A school’s primary job is to teach children to be good neighbours and citizens; free software does this by allowing people to share, learn, and help each other.

    Also to be added to these reasons are the more general reasons about why free software should be used: freedom, and security of, information and the right to cooperate with each other.

    School IT managers are discovering not only that Linux-based distributions a great way to save money, but also that allowing users access to the software's underlying source code may introduce students to technical aptitude they didn't know they had.

    "FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) is a better solution for education because it provides tomorrow's technology at today's budget

    While there are several different distributions of Linux specifically aimed at educators and students, they are not all created equal. Most, however, bear striking similarities -- both in the basic code and in the assortment of software offerings bundled into the distribution. Though each flavor of Linux has its own pros and cons, that variety may actually work to a user's advantage.

    An organization aimed at bringing open source solutions into the classroom is SchoolForge
    Where Schools Meet Free Software for Education, Open Source, Educational Resources | SchoolForge

    When selecting what type of Linux distribution to use in a school setting, IT managers should first look at what set of issues the school wants to solve and then try various distributions to find the best fit. "Some distributions are better suited for behind-the-scenes operations such as e-mail Email Marketing Software - Free Demo, student databases, library management and running an intranet, while others may be more appropriate as [student] workstations,"

    K12LTSP is based on Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) Latest News about Red Hat Fedora Linux and is most often used to recommission old PCs that have been gathering dust in a back room next to the old mimeograph machines. This distribution can run on old, antiquated computers using the add-on package Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP), which converts them into thin clients, or computers whose heavy lifting is done on a central server Manage remotely with one interface -- the HP ProLiant DL360 G5 server. elsewhere in the building.

    Skolelinux is a Norwegian Debian-based distribution that has gained a lot of traction because it installs easily from a single CD and requires minimal technical aptitude to maintain. Skolelinux comes with over 70 applications specifically tailored for classroom use, as well as the popular Firefox browser and the OpenOffice suite of word processing and spreadsheet applications.
    Software for educators with an open mind | Skolelinux

    Debian Jr. is a Custom Debian Distribution that is designed for "children from one to 99," according to the product Web site. Developers of this distribution aimed to create an operating system that would work "out of the box" without requiring special modifications, alterations or a degree in computer programming to get it up and running. The project, initiated in 2000, is still in occasional use running student workstations but lacks clear documentation to make it a truly viable option for many school settings.

    Edubuntu may be the Big Kahuna of Linux distributions targeting the education niche. Like its parent, Ubuntu, it has a large following because of its predictable release cycle (every six months) and long support cycle (18 months). Its huge user base translates to enormous community technical support, making Edubuntu an ideal choice for less-experienced Linux users. Readily available tech support may come in handy, since one of the most common complaints about Edubuntu is that installation tends to be tricky, particularly when configuring network access.

    The OpenSuse Educator add-on CD (EDU-CD) is the Swiss army knife of Linux-based operating systems for schools. Not so much a standalone distribution as it is a layer of applications to be slathered on Novell's (Nasdaq: NOVL) Latest News about Novell basic OpenSuse operating system, Educator aims to address the needs of school staff and administration. While it includes student and course management information tools, as well as library automation programs, it doesn't offer much in the way of classroom applicability and is therefore not the first choice for many schools and educational settings.

    Karoshi is a server operating system designed for schools. Karoshi provides a simple graphical interface that allows easy installation, setup and maintenance of your network.
    http://www.linuxgfx.co.uk/karoshi/mambo/dev/

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    This beginner article by Mark Rais provides step-by-step instructions for installing Moodle, a Learning Management System, on to a Fedora Linux server. It provides everything necessary to setup a full powered intranet web-server that can support course listings, event calendars, student/teacher communication and much more. Best of all, a prototype server can be functional within about 45 minutes.

    45 Minutes to a Moodle Education Server - www.reallylinux.com

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    U can use FreeNX (used for thin-client systems) in schools.
    FreeNX - the free NX
    NoMachine NX - Desktop Virtualization and Remote Access Management Software

    The mEDUXa project - mEDUXa is a large-scale, government-sponsored initiative to provide a technology-enhanced education to students. So far, over 35,000 computers have been distributed to 1,100 schools, with a potential userbase of 325,000 users.

    The mEDUXa project started in 2005 with a choice between GNOME and KDE. KDE was chosen as the best solution in the evaluation stage, partly due to the lower resource requirements and the excellent KIOSK framework, which allows administrators to effectively lock down computers to prevent their misuse and reduce maintenance needs. The system is based on the KDE-derivative of Ubuntu, Kubuntu. The project has 4 main elements: the network, desktop clients, school servers and central servers, which aid administration and system upgrades.

    Simplicity is a primary goal of the project, with simplified desktop profiles provided to different student strata, including the important 6-12 age group. A large advantage is that the KDE-based desktop can be comfortably provided in several different languages, which greatly aides language teaching and immigrant students (English, French, German and Arabic), and distinguishes the system from proprietary competitors.

    A wiki containing project documentation can be found at hexperides.org, and many of the custom system modifications can be found on https://launchpad.net/~hexperides/
    http://www.hexperides.org/hexperides/index.php/Portada

    GCompris is an educational software which propose different activities to children from 2 to 10 years old.
    GCompris is an educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Below you can find a list of categories with some of the activities available in that category.

    - computer discovery: keyboard, mouse, different mouse gesture, ...
    - algebra: table memory, enumeration, double entry table, mirror image, ...
    - science: the canal lock, the water cycle, the submarine, electric simulation ...
    - geography: place the country on the map
    - games: chess, memory, connect 4, oware, sudoku ...
    - reading: reading practice
    - other: learn to tell time, puzzle of famous paintings, vector drawing, cartoon making
    [Free Education Software GCompris]

    SchoolNet Namibia (Youth empowerment through Internet) so far has hooked up 300+ schools to Linux

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    Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

    Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also gaining a deeper understanding of the process of design. Currently available for Mac OSX and Windows ,linux version on the way.Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, in collaboration with the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

    Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share

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    EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.
    http://www.educause.edu/content.asp?PAGE_ID=720&bhcp=1

    educational technology, free and open source software, e-learning blog
    Steve Hargadon

    Suns Education Project as a Nonprofit
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    Sakai is an online Collaboration and Learning Environment. Many users of Sakai deploy it to support teaching and learning, ad hoc group collaboration, support for portfolios and research collaboration.

    sakaiproject.org

    Education 2.0: The next evolution of school software has arrived
    Top News - Education 2.0: The next evolution of school software has arrived

    Novell Innovation in Linux Education Drives New Learning Options
    Novell Innovation in Linux Education Drives New Learning Options

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    How would you like to study at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) for free? It has been nearly six years since MIT first announced their MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) program. More recently, MIT announced that the OCW program, a free and open educational resource (OER) for educators, students, and self-learners around the world, is online and will be completed by 2008. The OCW provides open access to course materials for up to 1,550 MIT courses, representing 34 departments and all five MIT schools. The goal is to include materials from all MIT courses by next year.

    Free Online Course Materials | Courses | MIT OpenCourseWare
    Free Online Course Materials | MIT OpenCourseWare

    Eleven other U.S. colleges plan to follow MIT's example, and six of those 12 colleges have offered an online presence (other than MIT):

    * The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    OpenCourseWare at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    * Tufts University
    Index - OpenCourseWare - Tufts University
    * University of California, Irvine
    UC Irvine, OpenCourseWare
    * University of Notre Dame
    Welcome to Notre Dame OpenCourseWare — Notre Dame OpenCourseWare
    * Utah State University
    Utah State OpenCourseWare — Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare

    The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a by-product of MIT's OER initiative, and its rate of growth makes this a clear success in the educational field. This group now includes members from 16 countries, not including the 14 additional affiliate organizations in its fold. Of these, China is the largest participant with 30 colleges that are active in OpenCourseWare Consortium programs under the organizational group CORE (China Open Resources for Education).

    OpenCourseWare Consortium - Home Page
    CORE
    http://www.core.org.cn/en/index.htm

    Open Source Education Foundation — Purpose is to enhance K-12 education through the use of technologies and concepts derived from The Open Source and Free Software movement.
    Online K-12 Education Degrees and Programs | OEDb

    School Forge — Mission is to unify independent organizations that advocate, use, and develop open resources for primary and secondary education.
    Where Schools Meet Free Software for Education, Open Source, Educational Resources | SchoolForge

    Global Network Academy — Purpose is the research and development of open source tools that promote distance learning and online communities.
    Online Distance Education Degrees and Programs | OEDb

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    And if you are trying to learn a foriegn language
    Something that will come in very handy for writing French is a verb conjugator. If you are using Un*x, there is an excellent one for Gnome called Verbiste
    Verbiste - Un systme de conjugaison franaise

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    EDU-Nix aims to provide Public Schools with Open-Source alternatives to expensive proprietary software products. The project will consist initially of a redistributable CD that has both a live CD environment, as well as Windows versions of the office and productivity programs.
    EDU-Nix Open Source Schoolware :: Free Software for Public Schools :: Bridging the Digital Divide using Open Source
    Last edited by javidrafeeq; 29th March 2008 at 09:39 PM.

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    Knowledge of a secondary language has long been a coveted skill, whether it be for academics, business, or travel, but learning another language can be a challenging task. While many Western languages at least offer a level of familiarity by sharing the Roman alphabet, Japanese and other Eastern languages offer no such comfort. Here are three applications that can help you overcome some learning roadblocks.
    Japanese in particular utilizes three character systems: kanji or Chinese characters, hiragana, and katakana. The last two are Japanese syllabery used when there is no kanji for a word or for pronunciation. Kanji tends to make up the bulk of written Japanese, with hiragana being used for grammar such as verb tenses, leaving katakana reserved for foreign words. Hiragana and katakana can be tricky to learn, as each has 64 syllabic characters, but many of these are only slight variations.

    While there are quite a few books on learning Japanese, books can be cumbersome to lug around, along with flashcards and other study materials. But if you have a notebook computer, you can get some learning done anytime by utilizing Kanatest 0.4.2, TangoBlaster 0.7.2, and Langdrill.
    Linux.com :: Mind-blasting Japanese language learning tools

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    An Australian Math Professor, NJ Wildberger, has developed a new approach to Trigonometry that eliminates the need for classical sine and cosine functions. In his book he claims the approach is more accurate and more rational.

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    DOAJ lists journals that have an Open Access policy, in this link in the Computer Science field.

    Directory of open access journals

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    Jessica Hagy has a blog called Indexed where she posts philosophical ideas as images drawn on index cards using set theory, Venn diagrams, and the like.
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    VMath - The Next Generation for Math Lectures

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    Wikiversity is intended for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities. The mission of Wikiversity is to empower people to achieve their educational goals using resources produced by the free culture movement. The goal is to create a community of people who support each other in their educational endeavors.
    Wikiversity - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks

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    IRAQI VIRTUAL SCIENCE LIBRARY
    https://www.ivsl.org/

    Free Global Virtual Scientific Library
    Slashdot | Free Global Virtual Scientific Library

    International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications
    Other Information Access Programmes - INASP

    The electronic Journals Delivery Service (eJDS) is a prototype programme geared to facilitate the access to current scientific literature free of cost in the fields of Physics and Mathematics. The goal is to distribute individual scientific articles via e-mail to scientists in institutions in Developing Countries who do not have access to sufficient bandwidth to download material from the Internet in a timely manner and/or cannot afford the connection. Providing scientists with current literature supports their ongoing research.

    ICTP-SDU: Free Electronic Journals Delivery Service

    HAL is designed for authors to deposit and thus make publicly available scholarly documents from all academic fields. These documents should be uploaded either by one of the authors with the consent of the others or by an authorized person on their behalf (information specialist or librarian, for example).
    Before you may post documents to HAL, you must first register as a depositor.

    HAL :: Home

    The Directory of Open Access Repositories - OpenDOAR

    OpenDOAR - Home Page - Directory of Open Access Repositories

    Multilingual Information Center about Esperanto
    Esperanto: Multlingva Informcentro pri la Internacia Lingvo

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    FREE INTERNET GERMAN COURSE
    Learn German online - free Internet course

    Translation Course
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    This is a comprehensive site providing Video lectures, Audio lectures, animations and Text materials on new technologies in the fields of Electronics, Communications, Computer Science, Networking and Mechanical Engineering.
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    Teaching with Technology

    Teaching with Technology

    A site for FREE online training, presentations, lessons, tutorials, quotes, quizes, information and courses on Quality Management, Six sigma, Business excellence, 5S, Lean, Benchmarking etc. through internet.
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    Access thousands of lessons or use our tools to create and control access to your own courses, collaborate with colleagues and much more
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    Online CS Modules: Artificial Intelligence

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    Learn Spanish online for free: curso de espaol (Online Spanish Course)
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    free university lectures - computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry

    Open Learning Management System (Open LMS). An online Course Management System (CMS, LMS). Tools for online teaching including course builder, syllabus, discussion forum, announcements, file up-loader, grade book, calendar, secure login, email list.
    SourceForge.net: Open Learning Management System

    Minna no Kyozai - Teaching Resources for Japanese-language teachers

    Professional Education Organization International (or PEOI for short) was created, and is run by volunteers who believe that it is time for open post secondary education be made available to all free of charge, and that the Internet is making this possible.
    PEOI: Professional Educational Organization International

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