A panel discussion on the current adoption and the future potential of Open Source Software in education with some special guests.
Jeff has 17 years experience teaching high school computer science and mathematics using a constructivist approach. He is an active leader and participant in numerous Free Software and Free educational materials projects. He is the co-author of a free textbook, and author of numerous articles and teaching materials on the use of Python in computer science education.
Sheila is a co-founder of Moodlerooms,Inc, and a 34 year veteran of the middle school classroom in Amityville, NY. Sheila is expert in teaching K-12 students, connecting with teacher education programs and delivering professional development courses. She has been an active unionist, labor negotiator and New York State United Teachers instructor in NYSUT's Effective Teaching Program. Sheila has co-authored a book entitled "The Black College Guide." She also has significant expertise integrating open-source technologies, including Moodle and Linux, into classroom practice in both middle school and higher education environments.
Mike worked in the Indiana Department of Education for over 30 years and has spent over 26 years involved in technology. He served as IT director for nine years, moving the Department's data systems from COBOL to relational data base and web-based applications. Moving on to instructional technology Mike worked with teachers, administrators and students throughout Indiana to devise ways that technology can have maximum impact on achievement. He first began working with Unix systems in 1984 and as soon as it was available, began experimenting with GNU Linux as a solution to the Department's data and access needs. After transforming the Department's data systems, he began to focus on instructional technology and how students were able to interact with computers. He recognized that millions of dollars had already been spent on proprietary solutions - but students in schools still had less than an hour a week access to technology. In 2000, he proposed testing Open source software in classrooms using free applications. Small pilots showed high levels of success and were soon ramped up to cover the entire state. Today more than 150,000 of Indiana's 300,000 H.S. students use open source software every day and the program continues to grow each school year. Mike does consulting for organizations and groups to help them better be able to afford, sustain, and replicate successful projects.
Dr Kathryn Moyle is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Canberra where she also holds a national policy-development role as the Director of the Secretariat for the Australian Information and Communications Technology Education Committee (AICTEC). She lives in Australia’s national capital city: Canberra, where she is an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra in the School of Education and Community Studies. Kathryn researches and publishes on a diversity of topics, focusing on practical educational, social and technical issues in schools. Kathryn has published and is regularly cited concerning her work about open source software in schools. Most recently she has published about principles that can assist schools to select open source software appropriate to their contexts. In 2006 Kathryn was the keynote respondent to Jimmy Wales (creator of Wikipedia) at the International Symposium hosted by CoSN held at the World Bank. Dr Kathryn Moyle is one of Australia’s leaders on open source software in schools. Politicians through to educational practitioners refer to Kathryn’s work.
Laura has been working in the field of education for more than 20 years in both the public and private sector. Her career has been characterized by success in technology-based teaching, learning and classroom innovation that includes online learning, resource development, and student support tools. As Director of Learning Resources with the Indiana Department of Education, Laura has provided educational technology leadership in response to the needs of Indiana’s 1.2 million students and 65,000 educators. Under her direction, Indiana schools successfully implemented programs using free and open-source tools and resources to increase student achievement and teacher engagement. Laura has taught high school and college level courses in the US and Japan, holds a B.A. in Economics; a social studies teaching license; a certificate in Distance Learning and a Master’s in Educational Administration. Her dissertation in Educational Leadership is a study of the effectiveness of online professional learning communities.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
5:00 pm Pacific / 8:00 pm Eastern / 12:00 midnight GMT (link for other time zones
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