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    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 on manuscript status

    I have submitted the manuscript to my publisher, Lulu.com.  Further updates as events unfold.

    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