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[News] Free Software in Education Advocated, Defended

  • Subject: [News] Free Software in Education Advocated, Defended
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:49:34 +0000
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Damned Lies and Statistics, FOSS Sexism and Education

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| Guzdial suggests, for instance, that the 
| myth that FOSS developers work for free 
| might discourage students from entering 
| computing science.
| [...]
| The fact that only 15.7% of CEOs of Fortune 
| 500 companies are female is not used as a 
| reason why young women should avoid 
| studying business management. So why would 
| the low percentage of women be a reason to 
| avoid studying FOSS? While the percentage 
| of major female CEOs may be ten times 
| greater than the number of female FOSS 
| participants, the number is still dismal. 


Computer Science Education Benefits from FLOSS

,----[ Quote ]
| I read with interest today when Linux 
| Weekly News linked  to  Greg 
| DeKoenigsberg's response to Mark Guzdial's 
| ACM Blog post, The Impact of Open Source on 
| Computing Education (which is mostly a 
| summary of his primary argument on his 
| personal blog). I must sadly admit that I 
| was not terribly surprised to read such a 
| post from an ACM-affiliated academic that 
| speaks so negatively of FLOSS's 
| contribution to Computer Science education.
| I mostly agree with (and won't repeat) 
| DeKoenigsberg's arguments, but I do have 
| some additional points and anecdotal 
| examples that may add usefully to the 
| debate. I have been both a student (high 
| school, graduate and undergraduate) and 
| teacher (high school and TA) of Computer 
| Science. In both cases, software freedom 
| was fundamental and frankly downright 
| essential to my education and to that of my 
| students.


Open source is a restaurant where everyone is a chef

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| If someone has an interest in programming 
| for open source, Terry said, they try to 
| get right into it. They donât start with 
| beta testing, reporting bugs, flagging 
| usability problems,  doing all the pre-
| programming things that lead to a 
| disciplined approach later on. Stuff thatâs 
| boring but useful and educational.
| Reading Mike Guzdialâs recollections of 
| Terryâs talk, I began thinking of how 
| people used to start out in restaurants. 
| They washed dishes, they took out garbage, 
| they peeled vegetables, they observed the 
| pros at work before getting any opportunity.



Moodle driving jobs in education

,----[ Quote ]
| It's amazing, the opportunities a disruptive
| technology can offer to those who take the
| time to learn it.  If you know your Moodle,
| there are more than 100 jobs available,
| right now, today -- and for some of them,
| you don't even need to change out of your
| pajamas.
| [...]
| Looking at some of the job descriptions
| gives immediate insights into why open
| source is so useful.  Many of these job
| offers are for very specific modifications
| to Moodle.  One can't help but wonder how
| effective Moodle is, as a community, in
| reintegrating these kinds of efforts -- but
| one thing is for certain: they've got a way
| better shot at it than Blackboard does.


Test driving the OpenSuSE Education distribution

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| Itâs a breath of fresh air to see a
| distribution singling out the educational
| institutions. This is exactly what schools
| need. Now the hardest part is making those
| schools aware of its existence. If OpenSuSE
| Edu can tackle that, they will have a huge
| success on their hands.

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