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System Name: fsedu
Name: Free Software in Education
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This project is not part of the GNU Project.

The Free Software in Education project seeks to enable, advocate, and defend Free Software usage in schools from Kindergarten to university. Here are hosted software projects created as part of our efforts.

The wiki is at http://fsedu.org/. CamelCase pages are on the wiki.

What we're doing now:

  • The articles on ForStudents, ForFaculty, and ForAdministration

have lots of text, but seriously need to be refined and checked.

  • The FreeSoftwareAcademy's first project, Scheming with GNU

Guile, is doing relatively well. SchemeBook.

  • Wiki shall be replaced with something really rich.

A short list of our planned activities:

  • Many schools force their students to use non-Free Software to

support non-free file formats, such as MS PowerPoint. In fact,
this problem was the original inspiration for this project. We
would speak as a third party interest on behalf of students
asserting their rights to use Free Software, explaining the
benefits, how to, etc.

  • Offer mailing list, Freenode, and Wiki resources to assist teachers

in developing courses based on free software. Good support will
bring satisfied schools that won't switch back very fast and that
will be positive about free software to other schools.

  • Post information about the activity in schools, perhaps with help

from the Digital Speech Project. We'll have information sheets for
schools and students about why Free Software is good for them, and
why they should care.

"Did you know if you give your friend a program that is a
$.... dollar fine?"

  • Produce products which are attractive to the schools. Mainly

thinking of prefab packages for specific platforms. Give the
package a simple graphical interface and automate the installation
process. Make a lot of these packages then burn them on a cd and
give them to whoever you want to convince. Chances are good they
will try it and copy the CD (better explicitly say copying is
allowed :-) for their collegues, and with a bit of luck they will
install the packages on the school network....the CD production bit
is of course not immediately feasible. This project is hosted here.

Registration Date: Mon 10 Feb 2003 08:36:22 AM UTC
License: GNU General Public License v2 or later
Development Status: 3 - Alpha

 

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Project ADTView Added
     posted by minddog, Sat 15 Feb 2003 04:32:41 AM UTC - 0 replies

We now hold the ADTView application in our CVS as the adtview module. The project is an application programming interface for viewing data structures and sorting/searching algorithms. It is written in c# and goal to be compatible with all platforms to aid in the debugging for other developers and be used as an educational device in teaching basic methods of computer science.


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