This week, in Denver, the main national technology in education conference occurs, ISTE. Renamed from NECC, this conference brings together about 20,000 educators and administrators for a few days worth of sessions on everything ed tech. I attended NECC a few years ago in San Antonio and was pleased to see an Open Source thread.
This years conference also looks like it contains an Open Source thread, including options on:
- Gimp–the open source photo editor
- Moodle–the course management system
- GCompris–the early ed software that replaces things like RabbitReader and that I reviewed: here
- Drupal–another course management system
What NECC/ISTE always missed out on, while doing the OSS applications well, were the sessions for planning to move forward with open source. This year, however, it looks like they address that better with sessions on:
- Saved from the Recycling Bin: Open Source Operating System Opportunities, which I guess would talk about putting Linux on older machines
- Curriculum 2.0: How to Find Awesome Open Source Curricula Online, which will discuss using Curriki
- Meeting 21st-Century Needs with Free Software, which is probably self-explanatory
Now, I just hope folks will ignore the glittering presentations of proprietary software and take a look at these ones. Unfortunately, even though wanting to go to Denver, I am home, so I will not attend, but I hope to find some online artifacts later, whether videos or handouts. Lots of good open source content!