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Published on January 17, 2009

Author: boxoftricks

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Presentation at Bett 09 - Introducing a Becta funded initiative www.opensourceschools.org.uk
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Open Source Schools Miles Berry Michelle Walters José Picardo Doug Belshaw BETT, January 2009

What is Open Source?

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Case Studies OpenOffice.org Audacity Linux Netbooks Moodle

OpenOffice.org

Audacity

Linux Netbooks

Moodle

OpenOffice.org Michelle Walters

OpenOffice.org A free, open-source alternative to Microsoft Office OpenOffice has six basic components: Writer, a word processor and HTML editor; Calc, a spreadsheet; Draw, a graphics editor; Impress, a presentations program; Math, an equation editor; and Base, a database application

A free, open-source alternative to Microsoft Office

OpenOffice has six basic components:

Writer, a word processor and HTML editor;

Calc, a spreadsheet;

Draw, a graphics editor;

Impress, a presentations program;

Math, an equation editor;

and Base, a database application

OpenOffice.org OpenOffice uses a single interface for all its features, instead of running separate applications like Excel and Word.

OpenOffice.org Retains the essential look and feel of Microsoft Office 2003 and earlier versions, instead of imitating the new ribbon interface of Office 2007. Anyone familiar with Microsoft 2003 or below should be able to jump straight into OpenOffice with minimal, if any, training.

Retains the essential look and feel of Microsoft Office 2003 and earlier versions, instead of imitating the new ribbon interface of Office 2007. Anyone familiar with Microsoft 2003 or below should be able to jump straight into OpenOffice with minimal, if any, training.

OpenOffice.org If you've been thinking about taking the plunge into Microsoft Office 2007 (or 2008 on the Mac), which often requires training because of significant interface changes, you should be evaluating OpenOffice as well.

If you've been thinking about taking the plunge into Microsoft Office 2007 (or 2008 on the Mac), which often requires training because of significant interface changes, you should be evaluating OpenOffice as well.

OpenOffice.org One attractive feature of OpenOffice is that it's the only major application suite that runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with almost exactly the same feature set on all platforms. For anyone thinking of switching from Office to OpenOffice, the biggest question is, How well will OpenOffice handle your old Office documents and worksheets? The answer is, incredibly well, even with the new Office 2007 formats.

One attractive feature of OpenOffice is that it's the only major application suite that runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux with almost exactly the same feature set on all platforms.

For anyone thinking of switching from Office to OpenOffice, the biggest question is, How well will OpenOffice handle your old Office documents and worksheets? The answer is, incredibly well, even with the new Office 2007 formats.

OpenOffice In addition to read and write support for the Microsoft Office binary file formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.), OpenOffice is capable of opening files created with Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac OS X (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc). Thus, OpenOffice users can interact with users still using Microsoft Office.

In addition to read and write support for the Microsoft Office binary file formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.), OpenOffice is capable of opening files created with Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac OS X (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc). Thus, OpenOffice users can interact with users still using Microsoft Office.

OpenOffice.org The interface closely mirrors the familiar Office standard, and it places some features more logically so that, for example, headers and footers are on the Insert menu instead of the View menu.

The interface closely mirrors the familiar Office standard, and it places some features more logically so that, for example, headers and footers are on the Insert menu instead of the View menu.

OpenOffice.org Adds some conveniences that Office doesn't provide, such as the ability to create .pdf files. This is useful when you want to guarantee what the recipient sees on their computer.

Adds some conveniences that Office doesn't provide, such as the ability to create .pdf files. This is useful when you want to guarantee what the recipient sees on their computer.

For Pupils and Students OpenOffice forms an ideal teaching platform for core computer literacy skills, without tying students to commercial products. The free software licence means students can be given copies of software to use at home - perfectly legally - a useful 'added value'. For IT students, OpenOffice's component based software is also an ideal platform for developing IT skills and understanding real-life software engineering

OpenOffice forms an ideal teaching platform for core computer literacy skills, without tying students to commercial products.

The free software licence means students can be given copies of software to use at home - perfectly legally - a useful 'added value'.

For IT students, OpenOffice's component based software is also an ideal platform for developing IT skills and understanding real-life software engineering

OpenOffice.org OpenOffice is free software. That means you are free to download it, free to install it on as many PCs as you like, free to pass copies to as many people as you like. More than a one-off cost saving. legal No need for software audits, No need for keeping invoices for years, No worry about ending up in court because you misread some small print in a licence agreement.

OpenOffice is free software. That means you are free to download it, free to install it on as many PCs as you like, free to pass copies to as many people as you like.

More than a one-off cost saving.

legal

No need for software audits,

No need for keeping invoices for years,

No worry about ending up in court because you misread some small print in a licence agreement.

José Picardo

Using Audacity in Schools What is Audacity? Why would you use Audacity? What can you do with Audacity? What do you need?

What is Audacity?

Why would you use Audacity?

What can you do with Audacity?

What do you need?

What is Audacity? Free and Open Source desktop sound recorder and editor

Free and Open Source desktop sound recorder and editor

Why would you use Audacity? It’s free It’s intuitive and easy to use It does the job as well as commercial alternatives

It’s free

It’s intuitive and easy to use

It does the job as well as commercial alternatives

What can you do with Audacity? Create and edit teaching resources Podcasts: Deliver content to your students Coursework, homework and assessment Links with VLEs

Create and edit teaching resources

Podcasts: Deliver content to your students

Coursework, homework and assessment

Links with VLEs

What do you need? A computer with Audacity (and Lame encoder for .mp3) A microphone

A computer with Audacity (and Lame encoder for .mp3)

A microphone

Quick demonstration

Netbooks in the Classroom Doug Belshaw ‘ Asus EeePC’ by TDR1 & ‘netbook’ by -eko- @ Flickr

Lightweight Good battery life Small form-factor Wi-fi enabled Robust Asus Eee 1000 Xandros Linux Fast boot time 10” screen 5-6 hour battery life

Lightweight

Good battery life

Small form-factor

Wi-fi enabled

Robust

Asus Eee 1000

Xandros Linux

Fast boot time

10” screen

5-6 hour battery life

 

 

 

 

 

Moodle Miles Berry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Started Michelle Walters

Getting Started OpenDisc / OpenCD Collection of free software that runs under Windows

OpenDisc / OpenCD

Collection of free software that runs under Windows

Getting Started Portable Apps Compact version of software applications: office suites, graphics programs, web browsers and more

Portable Apps

Compact version of software applications:

office suites,

graphics programs,

web browsers and more

Moving on SchoolForgeUK List of education software for different curriculum areas (incl case studies of schools) Open Source Schools Software directory

SchoolForgeUK

List of education software for different curriculum areas (incl case studies of schools)

Open Source Schools

Software directory

Moving on SourceForge one of the largest directories of software

SourceForge

one of the largest directories of software

Moving on Loving it? Install a completely free OS (netbooks)

Loving it?

Install a completely free OS (netbooks)

Ubuntu Live

Support Although free – you can get commercial support as well as free support Training is available for software Because the code is available, it is possible to customise the software, or request new features Commercial support and hosting of particular apps by the vendor (Zimbra, RedHat), and community support

Although free – you can get commercial support as well as free support

Training is available for software

Because the code is available, it is possible to customise the software, or request new features

Commercial support and hosting of particular apps by the vendor (Zimbra, RedHat), and community support

Communities Major applications discussed have community groups volunteers (often project's own support staff) developers General forums Mailing lists Chat rooms

Major applications discussed have community groups

volunteers (often project's own support staff)

developers

General forums

Mailing lists

Chat rooms

Open Source under Windows

Portable Apps

Open Education Disc

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For more information opensourceschools.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Any questions? opensourceschools.org.uk Miles: miles@opensourceschools.org.uk Michelle: [email_address] José: jose.picardo@boxoftricks.net Doug: dajbelshaw@gmail.com

opensourceschools.org.uk

Miles: miles@opensourceschools.org.uk

Michelle: [email_address]

José: jose.picardo@boxoftricks.net

Doug: dajbelshaw@gmail.com

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