Technology Needs Women

The SD (Software Development) Times re-ran an article that I wrote on the need for young women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. The article, initially entitled Why Does Technology Need Young Women? has been renamed Five things the industry can do to ncourage young girls to code. If you would like to check it out, click here.

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Designed with the GIMP

Energize Education Tip of the Day!

WinFF is an open source media converter for Linux and Microsoft Windows. Users can convert both audio and video files from one format to the other. Supported formats include, but are not limited to, MP3, WAV, AVI and WMV. I used WinFF to convert a colleague’s digital camera video to a format Windows could read.

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I converted these CD (wav) files to MP3 using WinFF.

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Tux Paint is a fun way to introduce young children to the world of technology. This software allows users to create colorful pictures and offers an amazing amount of stamps including such categories as animals, sealife and shapes, among others. This software could very well be the first step towards stimulating young women’s interest in STEM fields of employment.

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Tux Paint could be the ideal way to introduce young girls to technology.

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SuperTux is an open source re-imagining of Nintendo’s Super Mario Brothers. Users must help Tux, the Linux Penguin, resuce his girlfriend, Penny, from the evil Nolok. Along the way, Tux has obstacles to overcome, such as chasms to jump across, and adversaries to elude or defeat, like Snowballs, Mr. Iceblock and Evil Tux. This fun game helps to develop manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.

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Can you help Tux rescue Penny?

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Etoys is a stimulating learning suite that engages learners through the integration of media, games and a simple programming language called Squeak. Users can create colorful images and bring life to them using Squeak. Etoys would be a wonderful way to pique students interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.

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A typical Etoys session

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LnCity-NG is an open source counterpart to SimCity. Users can create their own civilizations complete with inducstry, services and culture. Users have a first-hand opportunity to learn about the principles of economics, such as supply-and-demand and inflation versus recession. Best of all, users create a world of their own.

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The author’s LinCiity-NG session (you can see industry, housing, a school and a sports arena).

Interview with opensource.com

My interview about Energize Education through Open Source with Nicole C. Engard of opensource.com is now available. You can check it out here. I want to thank Nicole for this opportunity to elucidate about myself and my book.

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Learn about what inspired me to write Energize Education.

Review of Enegerize Education through Open Source

Jack Germain of LinuxInsider wrote a glowing review of Energize Education through Open Source. You can check this out here. I want to personally thank Mr. Germain for taking the time to read my book and write this well thought out review.

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So you think that open source software isn’t exciting or thrilling? Check out Super Tux Kart. This is an open source first-person POV racing game. Tux, Wilbur and the other open source mascots are racing cars against each other and time in such exotic locations as Scotland, the Amazon Rain Forest and Outer Space. Better still, they can pick up items to help them along the way, either as weapons or boosts, such as bombs, speed boosts and anchors (to hang on opponents’ cars). Check out the screenshot below and this video.

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Tux races against the other open source maskots in Super Tux Kart.

Energize Education Tip of the Day!

For today’s Tip of the Day, I want to focus on SALSA (Styled & Accessible Learning Service Agreements), which is an open source Web-based tool for creating syllabi. This tool incorporates a form-based interface for easy use. Users can easily outline course objectives and policies. Best of all, once a syllabus is published, you’ll be provided with a link to the permanent read-only syllabus, which will be available in either PDF or HTML formats.

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A preview of my SALSA syllabus