So we made it to 2011. After a rocky, bumpy 2010, we face some similar challenges in public education in 2011. 2011 could be the year that schools as a whole begin to embrace open source technology on a more expansive basis. In 2011 there will be some pretty large stories we will watch out for, like:
Android. Yes, it’s on our phones (and my sweet, sweet EVO!). But will we see good quality tablets with it to compete with the iPad? We need competition in our schools, what will they offer?
Creative Commons. Schools continue to need content for student projects. Will this be the year they stop purchasing licenses to photo, clip art, and music sites (or stealing content all together) and use/reuse CC content?
Ubuntu. 2011 could be the year schools really look at Linux as a way to save money. $50 or more for a Windows license? Now we need to see what they will do with Unity.
Libre Office. After they split from the OpenOffice/Oracle project, how far can they go to keeping a good office suite. Will schools use it?
Lots of questions for 2011, and even with massive budget cuts, open source offers a lot of great technology for schools!