[ubuntu-uk] Open Source Challenges Vista at U.K. Education Show
aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Tue Jan 16 22:59:58 GMT 2007
Caroline Ford wrote:
> "BETT is the world's leading educational information & communications
> technologies (ICT) event, attracting 600 educational suppliers and over
> 28000 visitors, and bringing together the global teaching and learning
> community for four days of innovations and inspirations."
> Was flagged up on another list, would be good to have an Edubuntu
> presence. 10-13th Jan 2007.
Open Source Challenges Vista at U.K. Education Show
Although Microsoft had one of the largest spaces at BETT, the leading
educational technology show in the U.K., there was a strong case made
for open source software. Becta, an advice organisation supported by
government, published a report that advised against any sudden move to
upgrade Windows pending more evaluation promised for next year.
Discussion on "personalized learning" followed another report that
recognized some limitations in a tightly controlled system of tests.
Becta is therefore calling on the ICT industry to ensure that
computers for the education marketplace are delivered with a choice of
Office productivity suites available, which ideally should include an
At BETT the Open Forum Europe gave away CDs from Edubuntu with the
Ubuntu version of the Linux operating system and a selection of
software including Open Office and Scribus for desk top publishing.
Both support the Open Document Format. Ubuntu is supported by
Canonical who are able to offer support on a commercial basis. The
business model of free software and charges for support has been shown
to be viable and answers some of the concerns that encourage some
schools to look to suppliers connected to established software
solutions. The Moodle learning environment is now supported by four
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