Archive for the ‘Open Source’ Category

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I have been thinking about ways to entice the old guard into the digital world in a meaningful way that gets them to look at their strategies for teaching in a new light.  As I’ve contemplated this challenge I have tried to take a list of benchmarks (I know, I know!!!) as a baseline to build an online course (based on an open courseware approach).

In a matter of roughly five hours I have created the following framework for a project-based learning approach.  The projects/assessments are not there specifically as I would have students piece that together based on their needs (see student resources).  It is a work in progress, but I am considering some sort of professional development that follows this approach.

Hokanson’s American History

The following are some quick tutorials I created to help people out with some new features and settings in Skype and how to utilize a neat tool, YouTube Downloader, to download video and convert video too.  I also threw in a tutorial on iSpring Free that allows you to make a flash video of a PowerPoint presentation:

skype-iconSkype Screen Sharing Feature

skype-iconSafe Skype Settings

youtube-downloader-iconYouTube Downloader the Basics

ispring-iconiSpring Free PowerPoint Plugin

Enjoy!

I loaded Open Office 3.0 on my iMac a couple of weeks ago as my copy of Microsoft Office (link to Mac Version) is acting up. Now, the official release of Open Office 3.0 is out, and the web is buzzing with information. Open Office is an open source office suite similar to Microsoft Office (link to Windows Version).  The price is right with Open Office and its features are rich and usable.  I was unaware of the extensions that can be utilized within Open Office until reading the following article:  9 Must-Have OpenOffice Extensions.  Sun PDF Import Extension and Modern Impress Template are two extensions that appear very promising to me, and I plan to try some of the others out over the next few weeks.

I have three licenses for Microsoft Office and as older computers in my home “retire” to light duty, I have utilized various office suites on these computers:  AbiWord, NeoOffice, and Open Office.  The new Open Office is a wonderful solution and provides users with a solid, reliable alternative to Microsoft Office and Apple iWork.  With an economy that has been tight my entire life, open source software has always been a welcome alternative on a limited budget.  Try Open Office today or upgrade your older version.  You will like what you get, and the price is right!

Article on the Asus EeePC 900 ($400) from ZDNet in the Linux/Open Source section: “The Linux laptop goes to school.”

Well, should it be so?

I am sharing the following list that I gathered at the NETA conference.  Many of these tools I have used, but there are a few I plan to try out and share my thoughts on over the coming days.  For now, I share the raw list in case you are interested in giving them a try along with me.  Let me know your thoughts and experiences so that we can learn together.  Thanks!