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Old 02-28-2006, 02:37 PM   #1
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Unveiled: First Open Source Computer Lab in a NYC Public School


I'm the Technology Director for HERA Group, a Long Island, NY based non-profit organization. Our company recently completed a pilot program consisting of research and technology training for a middle school science teacher in Washington Heights in NYC. As part of the project, I built a computer lab for the teacher's eigth-grade classroom. The lab consists of a server running Edubuntu 5.10 and five computers connected as terminals via LTSP. The teacher was trained in using Flash, HTML (via Nvu) and Moodle to make and deliver online (via the local server) lessons, quizzes, etc. to her students.

As far as we know, this is the first computer lab in a NYC public school to use Linux. We are gearing up to do more projects like this in the near future, as well. More info on the program can be found in our press release and on our website under Education.

We will be hosting a one- or two-hour session on open source software for schools at the June C3 Expo in NYC, where the CEO of RedHat will be giving one of the keynotes. Everyone here at the LinuxQuestions forums is cordially invited to attend! If you are interested, contact me, as we may have a number of passes available. As our session is still in the early planning stages, ideas and suggestions for communicating the power and benefits of open source to schools are welcome.

Thanks for reading!

--Alison Rowland
Technology Director
HERA Group


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