The next talk by Tom Preston-Werner at GitHub was titled ‘Start With Freedom.’ Tom wanted to talk to us about decision making – a better way to make decisions by starting with your principles and then building off of them. Today we do things the way we think it should be done because others are doing it that way – instead we should start with ourselves and our principles. Next [ Read More ]
How Search Works
As a trainer I like sites like this new one from Google that show you how stuff works. How Search Works goes in to a lot of detail about how search engines work. I thought it might be a useful resource for those of you who teach web ...
Open Source Options for Education
OSS Watch has published a list of open source options for education that I think might be helpful to many of you. This document presents options for open source software for use in the education sector. Some of these may have uses outside of education, but they are presented ...
Free Koha Intro Webinars
Join me for one of these free Koha introductory webinars!! Date: Thursday, January 10, 2013 Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/616892390 Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/188146022 Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/783336894 Learn more about Koha on ByWater's What is ...
Free Intro to Koha 3.10 Webinars
It seems like just yesterday we were offering Koha 3.8 demos, but last week Koha 3.10 was released and so it’s time to start showing you what’s new! Join us for one of the following free Koha 3.10 demo webinars. We’ll cover what Koha can do for your library with ...
Next up was Tim O’Reilly with a panel entitled Code Is Making Government More Effective with Jared Smith (Bluehost) and Michal Migurski (Code For America). First up was Jared. Last year Jared talked about the case study: Economic impact of open source on small business, this year those they’re talking about using open source code to make government more efficient. First we saw a video of how Code for America [ Read More ]
First up this morning was Laura Weidman Powers from Code2040 in a talk entitled Diversity in the Innovation Economy: Why It Matters And What You Can Do About It. Laura started by talking about race (which is “super awkward” according to her). Even though is awkward for her she thinks it’s important for us to talk about. Two things are happening in America that make it important. First the software [ Read More ]
Next up was How To Get More Kids To Code with Regina ten Bruggencate and Kim Spiritus. I got in late (I was waiting in line to get a free signed copy of ‘The Art of Community‘ by Jono Bacon) so I missed the beginning of this session, but came in as they were demoing Scratch. This is a website where kids can play little games (available in 40 languages) [ Read More ]
We had several speakers talking to us about Non-Profit Organizations for FLOSS Projects: There Is No Place Like Home. First up was Software in the Public Interest (SPI). SPI was founded in 1997 as a “fork” of the Open Source Institute. SPI provides a bank account, the ability to receive charitable donations, ability to sign contracts, and some light legal assistance. They do not have any part in your project [ Read More ]
Brent Beer from GitHub talked to us after lunch about Collaborative Teaching for More Effective Learning. As we know budgets are shrinking – everywhere – but in particular in education. So what are we doing in schools to get more bang for our buck? One option is to start using open source software to lower overhead costs. There are also tools out there that are specific for schools with shrinking [ Read More ]
Jon Roberts of the Davis School District in Utah talked to us about Using Open Source in the Classroom Every Single Day. He used to be a hacker and now he’s a teacher. Kids today expect constant connectivity and Jon wanted to talk to us about how he works with kids like this. Before becoming a teacher, Jon worked in software development for the military and moved on to becoming [ Read More ]
Elizabeth Leddy gave the next talk I attended entitled: Wish I Knew How to Quit You: 10 Secrets to Sustainable Open Source Communities. Elizabeth works with Plone but wasn’t really involved in open source until about 5 years ago. With open source we often start by working at a company that supports a specific open source application and there are two paths we can take. One path is that you [ Read More ]
And the final keynote Mark Shuttleworth from Ubuntu. This conference is Mark’s favorite because “The people in the open source community have extremely generous hearts.” The truly amazing thing about open source tools is that they end up getting used for things that the original developers never considered. Mark called open source tools the “tools of opportunity” which is a great way to think about open source. Mark showed us [ Read More ]
Up next was Sharren Bates from inBloom, a not for profit interoperability company that works with schools in the US. inBloom is getting in to open source to enable the sharing of data between all systems in schools – they’re not there yet – but they’re nearly there. This will get inBloom a lot of things (enthusiasm, expertise and more from community members) and it will let them share a [ Read More ]