Linux Resources for Educators

Below are links to some of the best websites about the use of Linux and other open source software in educational institutions:

Authenticated User Community - an intranet system for kindergarten through high school use which provides a uniform web-based interface for discussion forums, e-mail, file management and a searchable user database. Also, "Interactive Classrooms" provide a means for students and teachers to have a web-based extension to their in-class interaction.

The Case for Linux in Universities - a long, single-page article with numerous links.

Discussion on using Linux in education - provides a mailing list, a catalog of free educational software and Linux case studies.

Fossil Lab Home Page - the Free/Open Source Laboratory at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (in Worcester, MA) is funded under an NSF grant. It allows students to run experiments on dedicated machines, do kernel "hacking" and gain valuable system administration experience that is not possible in conventional computer science laboratories.

K12Admin - a system developed in Northern British Columbia, Canada for administering Linux servers in individual kindergarten through 12th grade schools. It allows the staff in each school to maintain their own student and staff accounts while providing a homogeneous network throughout the school district.

K-12 Linux Project - contains three linked sites providing software, tutorials and discussion forums.

LearnLoop - open source groupware being developed to support education and collaboration.

Linux and Education - an article by the Bellevue Linux Users Group that discusses the advantages of using Linux rather than proprietary software in the classroom.

Linux in Higher Education: Open Source, Open Minds, Social Justice - a 2000 article in Linux Journal advocating the adoption of Linux as an international standard for computing in higher education.

The Linux for Schools Project - a single page site (as of March, 2004) that explains techniques for efficiently adding and removing large numbers of user accounts.

Open Administration for Schools - an open source school administration program. It can support multiple schools on single, central server and provides separate, secure websites for use both by the school office and by teachers in the classroom.

The Open Source Education Foundation - a non-profit company devoted to enhancing kindergarten through high school education through the use of technologies and concepts derived from the open source and free software movements.

Open Source Software in American Public Schools - an article by Bill French, a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems.

Penguin Enrolls in U.S. Schools - a 2001 article from Wired.

Open Source Educational Group - information about open source computing for educational and governmental institutions.

Schoolforge News-Journal - provides articles and links as well as tools and materials to create a school and all its parts.

  • Software Freedom, Open Software and the Undergraduate Computer Science Curriculum - an article by John Howland of the Department of Computer Science, Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

    Open Source in Education - an informal essay designed to help educators better understand open source software.

    Site@School - a program to manage and maintain the website of a primary school without technical knowledge. Pupils can have personal pages on the site and teachers can check them before publication.

    SWEEPING INITIATIVE PUTS 80,000 COMPUTERS RUNNING GNOME . . .   - a brief article about the installation by the regional government of Extremadura, Spain of 80,000 Linux computers in its schools.

    Trinity drinks deeply at learning's open source - a 2001 article by Nathan Cochrane about how Trinity College at Melbourne University (in Melbourne, Australia) discarded its Windows NT network and replaced it with Debian Linux.

    Why should open source software be used in schools? - a brief article followed by numerous comments from educators.

    Created March 21, 2004. Updated April 15, 2004.
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