My article on the need for women in STEM fields has been published!

The article that I wrote on the need for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers has been published online! You can read the article here. This is something that I strongly believe in. Why? Read the article and find out!

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I got a taste of what young women can accomplish with technology while I running the 5th MS PowerPoint workshop shown in these cover photos.

GIMP -not just a photo editor

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a versatile and feature-rich image creation and editing application. Chris WHittum, the author of Energize Education through Open Source: Using Open Sorce Software to Enhance Learning, used GIMP to create the eye-catching logo below.

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If Chris Whittum made this simple banner with GIMP, just think about what your students could create. (This image is released under GPL.)

eSchool News Interview

Author Chris Whittum was interviewed today as an authority for an article on encouraging girls to take an interest in computer programming. The interview was conducted by Managing Editor Laura Devaney. Chris was asked about what measures could be taken to develop in girls in grade school/middle school an interest in and, possibly, an enthusiasm for computer programming, a subject area often dominated by boys in this country. A link to the article is forthcoming.

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Author Chris Whittum interviewedd!

Interview with Foster’s Daily Democrat

My interview with Foster’s Daily Democrat reporter Laurenne Ramsdel went very well. She asked me questions about the nature of open source software, how schools and districts could employ it and what events led to my writing this book. She’s going to contact local districts and schools to see if they utilize open source and include this information with the interview, which will run in the Sunday edition and reach 30.000 readers.

Energize Education Tip of the Day!

For many libraries, especially school libraries, automation can seem to be financially daunting. However, there is an open source alternative that is viable and free. LibLime Koha is an advanced Integrated Library System that includes server software, cataloging (MARC) software, circulation software and software for OPACs. LibLime Koha also comes with excellent support to help users out when necessary.

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