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Year of Open Source

edugogo Episode #2 with Sam Muirhead of Year of Open Source

Year of Open Source

What would your life look like if you were trying to avoid products and services that come from a faceless brand and instead use open source alternatives? Would you still be able to live a somewhat normal life and is this possible at all? Well, Sam Muirhead will find out for all of us.

Sam is a film maker from New Zealand and he is currently based in Berlin. He is planning to live an open source lifestyle for one entire year and he is going to document his journey for the rest of us. His documentary is called Year of Open Source Now, Berlin is somewhat a perfect place for such an experiment as there are not many places that foster such a creative scene that can support someone who is trying to be as open source as possible.

As Sam explains in our interview, Berlin is a hotbed for the German open source community from 3D printing to free barter system based education to a political party that got 10% of the votes in the last elections.

While Sam knows that he won’t be able to replace everything in his life with an open source alternative, the choices are quite big actually. You would be amazed what people share on the Internet already now and also what parts of everyday technology and software are based on the open source concept. This blog for example is powered by WordPress which is open source and all of our digital art is created with Paint.net, another open source software.

ForThis video project and essentially education project, as we will all learn about the different options, Sam is considering and trying along the way. Sam is raising $20.000 on Indiegogo until Wednesday August 8th and you can help him meet his goal. The money will be used for equipment, team and expenses that will allow him to focus 100% on creating this exciting documentary.

If you would like to support Sam, perks start at $1. Just visit indiegogo.com/yearofopensource – and even if you cannot chip in money, every share of the project might help Sam to raise the money. You can follow the documentation on the website yearofopensource.net or on Facebook at facebook.com/yearofopensource.

C12 Audio Podcast

C12 Episode 2 Homework, Homework, Homework (Audio)

C12 Audio Podcast

C12 Episode #2

“Homework, Homework, Homework”

  • recorded: March 30th 2012
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K12 News

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  • Economic recovery skips the classroom
    Source: CNNMoney
  • French parents to boycott homework
    Source: The Guardian
  • Two hours’ homework a night linked to better school results
    Source: The Guardian
  • Moodlerooms CEO: Blackboard acquisition will expand open-source movement
    Source: eSchool News
  • School district, ACLU reach settlement in filtering lawsuit
    Source: eSchool News
  • `Bully’ Documentary Rating: What Happens in Schools Is Too Much for the Multiplex
    Source: The Educated Reporter

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Blog of the Week

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C12 with Christopher Dawson - EDUKWEST

C12 Episode 2 Homework, Homework, Homework

C12 with Christopher Dawson - EDUKWEST

In this second episode C12 Christopher Dawson invited Vince Leung, co-founder of MentorMob to talk about their learning playlists.

The blog of the week features two articles, one by Steve Wheeler about the flipped classroom and the other one by Shelly Blake-Plock on TeachPaperless about the EdTech Link in Baltimore.

Chris also covers the news in K12 including budget cuts, French parents boycotting homework, homework being linked to better school results, Moodlerooms acquisition by Blackboard and the slippery slope of community standards and local rights in the weekly K12 news round-up.

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K12 News

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  • Economic recovery skips the classroom
    Source: CNNMoney
  • French parents to boycott homework
    Source: The Guardian
  • Two hours’ homework a night linked to better school results
    Source: The Guardian
  • Moodlerooms CEO: Blackboard acquisition will expand open-source movement
    Source: eSchool News
  • School district, ACLU reach settlement in filtering lawsuit
    Source: eSchool News
  • `Bully’ Documentary Rating: What Happens in Schools Is Too Much for the Multiplex
    Source: The Educated Reporter

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review:ed Audio Podcast

review:ed #22 Interview with Richard Byrne Moodlerooms & Blackboard (Audio)

review:ed Audio Podcast

review:ed Episode #22

Interview with Richard Byrne Moodlerooms & Blackboard

  • recorded: March 30th 2012
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Show Notes

Chris and I invited Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers.com to talk about the probably biggest story in education last week: the acquisition of Moodlerooms by Blackboard and the according press release that Bb is now embracing open source.

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review:ed #22 Interview with Richard Byrne Moodlerooms & Blackboard

Moodlerooms

Chris and I invited Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers.com to talk about the probably biggest story in education last week: the acquisition of Moodlerooms by Blackboard and the according press release that Bb is now embracing open source.

The announcement has received some mixed feedback amongst the education community to say the least, some being confused if everything will remain the same with Moodle, the open sourced LMS. On his flight back from Switzerland, Richard had enough time to reflect on the consequences which he then shared with us in this interview.

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review:ed #22 Blackboard buys some Open Source and the French Homework Revolution (Audio)

review:ed Audio Podcast

review:ed Episode #22

“Blackboard buys some Open Source and the French Homework Revolution”

  • recorded: March 30th 2012
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Show Notes

[01:55] Interview with Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers.com about Moodleroom acquisition by Blackboard
Source: EDUKWEST | Blackboard | TechCrunch | ZDNet

[02:40] Startup incubator for Highschool students launched
Source: GeekWire

[05:37] Student developers build Microsoft Phone ecosystem
Source: The Verge

[13:45] Chris talks about his iPad experience so far

[16:54] How does the Khan Academy iPad app perform

[19:03] 2tor and UNC Chapel Hill launch online graduate program
Source: 2tor

[23:40] Announcement: Christopher Dawson now Senior Editor of EDUKWEST

[25:07] Thank you to our sponsor AcademicPub

[28:00] SparkLab: the educational build-mobile
Source: Kickstarter

[33:43] The French Homework Boykott
Source: The Guardian

[40:46] CK-12 beta program launched
Source: CK-12

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review:ed #22

review:ed #22 Blackboard buys some Open Source and the French Homework Revolution

review:ed #22In this episode of review:ed Kirsten and Chris talk about the acquisition of Moodlerooms by Blackboard, student entrepreneurs, Microsoft phone, CK-12, 2tor and UNC Chapel Hill and the French homework revolution.

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Show Notes

[01:55] Interview with Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers.com about Moodleroom acquisition by Blackboard
Source: EDUKWEST | Blackboard | TechCrunch | ZDNet

[02:40] Startup incubator for Highschool students launched
Source: GeekWire

[05:37] Student developers build Microsoft Phone ecosystem
Source: The Verge

[13:45] Chris talks about his iPad experience so far

[16:54] How does the Khan Academy iPad app perform

[19:03] 2tor and UNC Chapel Hill launch online graduate program
Source: 2tor

[23:40] Announcement: Christopher Dawson now Senior Editor of EDUKWEST

[25:07] Thank you to our sponsor AcademicPub

[28:00] SparkLab: the educational build-mobile
Source: Kickstarter

[33:43] The French Homework Boykott
Source: The Guardian

[40:46] CK-12 beta program launched
Source: CK-12

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MIT

MIT to launch MITx – Free Online Courses and Open-Source Learning Tools

MIT

MITx is a new online learning initiative by the MIT announced today. MITx will offer different online courses through and interactive online platform enabling students to learn at their own pace, interact with peers and earn certificates of completion.

The MITx platform aims to enhance the experience of online students at the MIT and to supplement the classroom based instructions. The MIT also expects to host a virtual community of millions of students from around the globe through the platform.

The courses will be based on MIT’s OpenCourseWare which already offers nearly all of the university’s undergraduate and graduate courses today. In the ten years of its existence more than 100 million people used those 2,100 courses.

MIT President Susan Hockfield said, “MIT has long believed that anyone in the world with the motivation and ability to engage MIT coursework should have the opportunity to attain the best MIT-based educational experience that Internet technology enables. OpenCourseWare’s great success signals high demand for MIT’s course content and propels us to advance beyond making content available. MIT now aspires to develop new approaches to online teaching.”

In addition the software that powers the MITx platform will be open-sourced so other institutions can implement them on their campus or school as well. This will enable a better research on learning technologies in general as the infrastructure will improve continuously as it is used and adapted says Anant Agarwal, the lead developer.

Source: MIT
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LearnBoost

Open Source LMS LearnBoost announces full Spanish Roll Out – More Languages to follow

LearnBoost

LearnBoost, the open source learning management system that wants to provide teachers and schools across the world with a free yet powerful administration tool announced that the platform is now available in Spanish.

The translation of LearnBoost has been crowdsourced by teachers who use the service. In order to scale this approach due to the growing number of non-English speaking users, the LearnBoost team built an entire system to make the process easier for the teachers.

With the interface the teachers have gotten more context such as the site/source where the sentence is located. This has helped them to provide better translation. Other means of quality control are a voting system and review by trusted editors.

When new features are being added to LearnBoost, all sentences will be automatically added to the translation interface.

Since the launch of LearnBoost one year ago, the LMS is already in use in 25 different countries. Based on the crowdsourced translation interface thousands of users have already contributed to the translation of LearnBoost in other languages and the team will release more major languages in the weeks ahead.

If you want to learn more about the translation process or participate, you should check out the detailed post on the LearnBoost blog.

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Website: learnboost.com
Twitter: @learnboost

Video:  EDUKWEST #62 with Rafael Corrales of LearnBoost

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EDUKWEST #62 with Rafael Corrales of LearnBoost

This new episode of EDUKWEST will once again be very interesting for the part of my audience who are actively teaching and thus have to manage students and classes and who feel that they might want to share some of the information with the parents, too.

LearnBoost allows you to do just all of the above and is still distinct from its well established competitors! I had the pleasure of interviewing their founder and CEO Rafael Corrales on how came up with the initial idea and how he and his team have shaped it until it became what we see today: a nicely made gradebook with pretty design, easy to create & mangage lesson plans, functions to share student progress with the parents and the possibility to integrate with Google Apps.

LearnBoost is currently free to use and I hope you’ll get a good idea of LearnBoost’s capabilities watching our EDUKWEST but essentially you have nothing to lose, so I’d say anyone interested should definitely go and open an account!

The LearnBoost website is very informative and provides you with some great video tutorials as well as a regularly updated blog. However, if you happen to be in Philadelphia or have the possibility to attend ISTE 2011 LearnBoost will organize a big party around the event (June 26-29). I’d say that’s an ideal occasion to meet and get in touch with the team and to learn more about this nice solution for K-12 teaching & learning and to ask them all your remaining questions. For tickets to the party you can either contact me or LearnBoost directly!

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Homepage: http://www.learnboost.com
LearnBoost on Twitter: @LearnBoost
Rafael Corrales on LinkedIn: Rafael Corrales
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