LinuxCon 2010

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Event: Education Mini Summit at LinuxCon 2010
Date: Monday, August 9
Attendance Requirements: Open to all interested parties; participants from the education sector new to open source particularly welcome (you do have to register for LinuxCon, though)

Proposal: available
Point of Contact: Sebastian Dziallas

Participants: please add yourself to this page if you plan to attend


The Open Source Way is starting to be a growing force in education, as teachers and learners discover what open source communities have known all along; working on a real product with a community of motivated fellow makers is an excellent way to prepare students for the real world. In recognition of this trend, open source communities of practice have teamed up with educators on initiatives such as Teaching Open Source and the Education for the Open Web Fellowship.

The aim of this mini summit is to present the current developments in education with regard to open source, both in terms of classroom usage of open source technologies and classroom participation in the creation of aforementioned open source technologies. Sessions include hands-on technical demonstrations, deployment stories from users of open source in the field, classroom tips from teachers who have brought their students into open source communities, and more. The summit itself will serve as a platform for continued discussion on how to leverage student engagement in open source communities, and how those open source communities can benefit from the pool of fresh new talent and the tradition of deliberate and reflective learning that schools and good teachers provide.


The final schedule has been announced. For abstracts and further details, please click on the session's title. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Time Topic Presenter A/V Slides
10:00 Welcome Jeff Osier-Mixon, MontaVista Software
10:10 Can Open Source Save The World...? Bryant Patten, NCOSE OGG Video
10:50 Break
10:55 Open source improving education around the world Ruth Suehle, Red Hat, Inc. OGG Video PDF
11:35 Break
11:40 Being Present - a Beginners Guide to FLOSS Outreach in Education Karlie Robinson, Webpath Technologies
12:20 Lunch
01:40 The State of Open Data in Education Colin Zwiebel and Andrew Pethan, Olin College SlideShare PDF ODP PPTX
02:20 Break
02:25 The Open Source Way: Leveraging Communities Sebastian Dziallas, Fedora Project & Sugar Labs OGG Audio
03:05 Break
03:10 Red Hat's Outreach Program: Middle School Students + Inkscape = Rock stars! Máirín Duffy, Red Hat, Inc. PDF
03:50 Coffee
04:20 Using OpenHatch to find student projects and mentors Asheesh Laroia, OpenHatch OGG Video
05:00 Break
05:05 (Linux and FOSS in the classroom) David Trask,
05:45 Break
05:50 Computers in US Schools: Realities and Challenges and how Open Source can help Caroline Meeks, Solution Grove
06:30 Closing Jeff Osier-Mixon, MontaVista Software


A gallery of photos from the event is available.