The goal of this project is two-fold. One of the goals is to generate interest in my book, Energize Education Through Open Source: Using Open Source Technology To Enhance Learning. The second goal is to inform the general public about open source technology and how it can be utilized to enrich learning experiences. I have an M.Ed. in Learning and Technology and have been using open source software since 1997.
You may ask, what is open source? Technology, especially software, that is considered to be open source is released under a license (the GNU General Public License or GPL) that allows users to alter the product with the intention of improving it and to freely share the product in question. By contrast, proprietary technology, especially software, is released under a license forbidding both of these actions. This license is usually presented during installation and users cannot proceed without accepting it. Some better known examples of open source technology include Mozilla Firefox, the Linux Operating System and Word Press (all software) as well as Raspberry Pi (hardware).
As most open source software is free and available for a variety of platforms, its value to education is obvious. Better still, there are open source productivity and educational applications that enhance this value. To discover some of these, look around this site. If you’d like more information, please read my book, Energize Education Through Open Source: Using Open Source Technology To Enhance Learning.