Table of Contents

(Note: the page numbers are off due to formatting inconsistencies between MS Word 2010 and Libre Office.  Current length is 169 pages.)

 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 3

Introduction: Why Use Open Source? 4

Chapter ONE: Linux Operating System 5

Part 1: Linux Distributions 5

Section 1: Edubuntu Linux 5

Section 2: UberStudent Linux 5

Part 2: Linux System Administration 6

Section 1: Linux/UNIX File Structure 6

Section 2: Your Home Folder 7

Section 3: System Settings 9

Section 4: The Synaptic Package Manager 9

Section 5: Step-by-Step Package Installation and Removal 9

Section 6: User Account Management 9

Part 3: System Security 10

Section 1: Antivirus for Linux 10

Section 2: The Update Manager 11

Part 4: Linux to the Rescue 11

Section 1: Determining Hard Drive Type and Booting from Rescue Media 12

Section 2: DOS/FAT16/FAT32 12

Section 3: NTFS 13

Part 5: Emulating Microsoft Windows 14

Online Resources 15

Documentation 15

Distributions 15

Other Education-focused Linux Distributions 16

Utilities 16

Microsoft Windows Emulators 16

Antivirus 16

Forums 17

References 18

Chapter two: Curriculum 20

Part 1: Language Arts 20

Section 1: Vocabulary 20

Section 2: Writing 21

Part 2: Mathematics 21

Section 1: Numbers and Relationships 21

Section 2: Geometry 22

Section 3: Algebra 23

Section 4: Logic 23

Section 5: Computer Programming 23

Part 3: Science 24

Section 1: Biology 24

Section 2: Chemistry 24

Section 3: Earth/Space Sciences 25

Section 4: Physical Science 26

Part 4: Social Studies 26

Section 1: Geography 26

Section 2: History 27

Section 3: Economics 27

Part 5: The Arts 27

Section 1: Graphic Design 27

Section 2: Multimedia 28

Part 6: Bible Studies 28

Online Resources 30

Language Arts 30

Mathematics 30

Science 31

Social Studies 32

Arts 32

Bible Studies 33

References 34

Chapter three: Productivity 36

Part 1: LibreOffice 36

Section 1: LibreOffice Writer 36

Section 2: LibreOffice Calc 37

Section 3: LibreOffice Impress 37

Section 4: LibreOffice Base 37

Section 5: LibreOffice Draw 37

Part 2: Internet and Communication 37

Section 1: Web Browsers 37

Section 2: Email Clients 38

Section 3: Chat Clients 39

Section 4: FTP Software 39

Section 5: BitTorrent 39

Section 6: Web Development 40

Section 7: Blogging 40

Online Resources 41

Office Suites 41

Web Browsers 41

Email Clients 41

Chat Clients 42

FTP Software 42

BitTorrent 42

Web Development 42

References 43

Chapter Four: Aids to Learning 45

Part 1: Special Education 45

Section 1: Individualized Education Plan (IEP) 45

Part 2: Learning Environments 45

Part 3: Skill Builders 46

Section 1: Typing Tutors/Keyboarding 46

Section 2: Occupational Therapy 47

Part 4: Graphic Organizers 47

Section 1: Mind Maps 47

Online Resources 49

Special Education 49

Learning Environments 49

Skill Builders 49

Occupational Therapy 49

Graphic Organizers 50

References 51

Chapter FIve: GetTING Organized 53

Part 1: Curriculum Planning 53

Part 2: Organization Tools 53

Part 3: Library Management 54

Online Resources 56

Curriculum Planning 56

Organization Tools 56

Library Management 56

References 56

Conclusion 58

Appendix A: The GNU General Public License 59

Appendix B: Open Source on a Budget 67

Part 1: Window Managers 67

Part 2: Thin Clients 68

Part 3: OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) 68

Part 4: Open Source Hardware 69

Section 1: BeagleBoards 69

Section 2: Arduino. 69

Section 3: Raspberry Pi 69

Online Resources 70

Window Managers 70

Thin Clients 70

Open Source Hardware 70

References 72

APPENDIX C: PLAYING DVDS IN LINUX 73

References 74

Project Status

I have just heard from Lulu.com.  My manuscript has gone on to the next phase, Cover Copy Polish.   The cover text that I have submitted will be reviewed and possibly revised to meet industry standards, but I will have the final say.  The next step is interior design.  I can’t wait to hold the book in my hands.

Project Status

I have just submitted the final edition of Energize Education Through Open Source to Lulu.com and added this screenshot:

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Tux Typing: Fish Cascade

 

This site will soon become a companion site to the book.  I am, to say the least, very enthusiastic about this project.

Project Status

I have finished my final edits (mostly suggested by my publisher, but some I chose to make myself).  I’ve re-positioned all of the image placeholders.  Now all I have to do is finish my conclusion and fix the anomalies in the index.  I’m very excited and hope to have this to the publisher this week for printing.  This book is going to help a lot of educators and students.

Project Status

Lulu.com’s editors have given the book a hard look.  I’m now making the suggested changes with which I agree to the book.  One interesting conflict, however.  They subscribe to the Chicago Manual of Style, but I chose to adhere to APA format.  I’m staying with APA, as I foresee the potential for this work to be utilized as a textbook and it’s also my preferred style.  Hopefully the manuscript will be ready for press before the end of the month.

Book Status

I am pushing forward with publication.  My chosen self-publishing company, Lulu.com, has been extremely helpful.  Currently, I am waiting to hear from their editors so that I begin working on my final draft.  This is very exciting and I am eager for my manuscript to become available.  It will help many educators around the world.

Update

I have procured the services of Lulu.com, a self-publishing outfit founded by Bob Young, co-founder of Red Hat Linux.  They have contacted me and I’m all set to move forward with the publication process, save for one thing.  I am currently inserting placeholder marks for my images (and weeding out unused images).  I will keep followers of this blog up-to-date as events unfold.  To say that I’m very excited about this project would be a gross understatement.  Also, I foresee this site becoming more of a companion site for the book, or even a forum.  We’ll see.  Let me know what you think.

Table of Contents (as of 25 April 2013)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 10
INTRODUCTION: WHY USE OPEN SOURCE? 11
CHAPTER ONE: LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM 13
Part 1: Linux Distributions 13
Section 1: Edubuntu Linux 14
Section 2: UberStudent Linux 14
Part 2: Linux System Administration 15
Section 1: Linux/UNIX File Structure 16
Section 2: Your Home Folder 17
Section 3: System Settings 19
Section 4: The Synaptic Package Manager 20
Section 5: Step-by-step Package Installation and Removal 21
Section 6: User Account Management 22
Part 3: System Security 23
Section 1: Anti-Virus for Linux 24
Section 2: The Update Manager 25
Part 4: Linux to the Rescue 26
Section 1: DOS/FAT16/FAT32 26
Section 2: NTFS 29
Part 5: Emulating Microsoft Windows 30
Online Resources 31
Documentation 31
Distributions 31
Other Education-focused Linux Distributions 32
Utilities 32
Microsoft Windows Emulators 32
Anti-Virus 33
Forums 33
References 35
CHAPTER 2: CURRICULUM 37
Part 1: Language Arts 37
Section 1: Vocabulary 37
Primary 37
Primary/Intermediate 37
Primary/Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondar4y 37
Section 2: Writing 38
Primary/Intermediate 39
Part 2: Mathematics 39
Section 1: Numbers and Relationships 39
Primary 39
Primary/Intermediate 40
Section 2: Geometry 40
Primary/Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary 41
Secondary/Post-Secondary 41
Section 3: Algebra 42
Secondary/Post-Secondary 42
Section 4: Logic 43
Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary 43
Secondary/Post-Secondary 44
Section 5: Computer Programming 44
Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary 44
Part 3: Science 47
Section 1: Biology 47
Secondary/Post-Secondary 47
Section 2: Chemistry 47
Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary 47
Section 3: Earth/Space Sciences 49
Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary 49
Section 4: Physical Science 50
Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary 51
Part 4: Social Studies 51
Section 1: Geography 51
Intermediate/Secondary 51
Section 2: History 52
Intermediate/Secondary 53
Section 3: Economics 53
Intermediate/Secondary 53
Part 5: The Arts 53
Section 1: Graphic Design 53
Section 2: Multimedia 55
Part 6: Bible Studies 57
Online Resources 60
Language Arts 60
Mathematics 60
Science 62
Social Studies 63
Arts 63
Bible Studies 64
References 65
CHAPTER 3: PRODUCTIVITY 69
Part 1: LibreOffice 69
Section 1: LibreOffice Writer 70
Section 2: LibreOffice Calc 71
Section 3: LibreOffice Impress 71
Section 4: LibreOffice Base 72
Section 5: LibreOffice Draw 72
Part 2: Internet and Communication 72
Section 1: Web Browsers 73
Section 2: Email Programs 74
Section 3: Chat Clients 75
Section 4: FTP Software 76
Section 5: BitTorrent 77
Section 6: Web Development 78
Section 7: Blogging 79
Online Resources 81
Office Suites 81
Web Browsers 81
Email Programs 81
Chat 82
FTP Software 82
BitTorrent 82
Web Development 82
References 84
CHAPTER 4: AIDS TO LEARNING 87
Part 1: Special Education 87
Section 1: Individualized Education Plan (IEP) 87
Part 2: Learning Environments 87
Part 3: Skill Builders 90
Section 1: Typing TutorsKeyboarding 90
Section 2: Occupational Therapy 91
Part 4: Graphic Organizers 93
Section 1 Mind Maps 94
Online Resources 97
Special Education 97
Educational Environments 97
Skill Builders 97
Occupational Therapy 98
Graphic Organizers 98
References 99
CHAPTER 5: GETTING ORGANIZED 101
Part 1: Curriculum Planning 101
Part 3: Library Management 104
Online Resources 107
Curriculum Planning 107
Organization Tools 107
Library Management 107
References 108
APPENDIX A: THE GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE 109
APPENDIX B: LINUX ON A BUDGET 131
Part 1: Window Managers 131
Part 2: Thin Clients 134
Part 3: OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) 135
Online Resources 137
Window Managers 137
Thin Client Software 137
Open Source Hardware 137
References 139
APPENDIX C: PLAYING DVDS IN LINUX 140
References 143
INDEX 144

 

Table of Contents (as of 3 March 2013)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS    9
INTRODUCTION: WHY USE OPEN SOURCE?    10
CHAPTER ONE: LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM    12
Part 1: Linux Distributions    12
Section 1: Edubuntu Linux    13
Section 2: UberStudent Linux    14
Part 2: Linux System Administration    15
Section 1: Linux/UNIX File Structure    15
Section 2: Your Home Folder    17
Section 3: System Settings    19
Section 4: The Synaptic Package Manager    19
Section 5: Step-by-step Package Installation and Removal    21
Section 6: User Account Management    22
Part 3: System Security    23
Section 1: Anti-Virus for Linux    23
Section 2: The Update Manager    24
Part 4: Linux to the Rescue    25
Section 1: DOS/FAT16/FAT32    26
Section 2: NTFS    29
Online Resources    30
Documentation    30
Distributions    30
Other Education-focused Linux Distributions    31
Utilities    31
Anti-Virus    31
Forums    31
Linux Forums    32
General Hardware and Software Forums    32
References    33
CHAPTER 2: CURRICULUM    35
Part 1: Language Arts    35
Section 1: Vocabulary    35
Primary    35
Primary/Intermediate    35
Primary/Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondar4y    36
Section 2: Writing    37
Primary/Intermediate    38
Part 2: Mathematics    38
Section 1: Numbers and Relationships    38
Primary    38
Primary/Intermediate    39
Section 2: Geometry    40
Primary/Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary    40
Secondary/Post-Secondary    41
Section 3: Algebra    41
Secondary/Post-Secondary    42
Section 4: Logic    43
Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary    43
Secondary/Post-Secondary    44
Section 5: Computer Programming    45
Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary    45
Part 3: Science    48
Section 1: Biology    48
Secondary/Post-Secondary    48
Section 2: Chemistry    48
Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary    49
Section 3: Earth/Space Sciences    51
Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary    51
Section 4: Physical Science    52
Intermediate/Secondary/Post-Secondary    52
Part 4: Social Studies    53
Section 1: Geography    53
Intermediate/Secondary    53
Section 2: History    55
Intermediate/Secondary    55
Section 3: Economics    55
Intermediate/Secondary    55
Part 5: The Arts    56
Section 1: Graphic Design    56
Section 2: Multimedia    58
Part 6: Bible Studies    60
Online Resources    63
Language Arts    63
Mathematics    63
Science    65
Social Studies    66
Arts    66
Bible Studies    67
References    68
CHAPTER 3: PRODUCTIVITY    72
Part 1: LibreOffice    72
Section 1: LibreOffice Writer    73
Section 3: LibreOffice Impress    75
Section 4: LibreOffice Base    75
Section 5: LibreOffice Draw    76
Part 2: Internet and Communication    77
Section 1: Web Browsers    77
Section 2: Email Programs    79
Section 3: Chat Clients    81
Section 4: FTP Software    82
Section 5: BitTorrent    83
Section 6: Web Development    85
Section 7: Blogging    86
Online Resources    88
Office Suites    88
Web Browsers    88
Email Programs    88
Chat    89
FTP Software    89
BitTorrent    89
Web Development    89
References    91
CHAPTER 4: AIDS TO LEARNING    94
Part 1: Special Education    94
Section 1: Individualized Education Plan (IEP)    94
Part 2: Learning Environments    94
Part 3: Skill Builders    98
Section 1: Typing Tutors    98
Section 2: Occupational Therapy    99
Part 4: Graphic Organizers    101
Section 1 Mind Maps    101
Online Resources    104
Special Education    104
Educational Environments    104
Skill Builders    104
Occupational Therapy    105
Graphic Organizers    105
References    106
CHAPTER 5: GETTING ORGANIZED    108
Part 1: Curriculum Planning    108
Part 3: Library Management    112
Online Resources    115
Curriculum Planning    115
Organization Tools    115
Library Management    115
References    116
APPENDIX A: THE GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE    117
APPENDIX B: LINUX ON A BUDGET    139
Part 1: Window Managers    139
Part 2: Hardware    143
APPENDIX C:  PLAYING DVDS IN LINUX    145
INDEX    147