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Energize Education Tip of the Day!

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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Energize Education Tip of the Day!

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

Energize Education Tip of the Day!

Learning computer programming doesn’t have to be intimidating. Using an open source, user-friendly learning tool like KTurtle, learners can learn programming and create colorful patterns simultaneously.

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Learn computer programming the fun way with KTurtle.

What!? Another interview with Energize Education author Chris Whittum?

My interview with Foster’s Daily Democrat reporter Laurenne Ramsdell has been published in today’s paper. You can read it here. I think that she did a wonderful job, but I’m interested in your thoughts as well, so let me know what you think.

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Photo taken by Sylvia Whittum