[ubuntu-us-in] ubuntu for the classroom

Nate Ridderman nate.ridderman at gmail.com
Sun Jan 4 23:25:36 GMT 2009


If you are looking for experience, you should talk to Kevin at the Michigan
City schools. He presented at the K12 Open Minds conference in Indianapolis
last fall. Here is a link to info on his deployment -
http://k12openminds.wikispaces.com/Michigan+City+Area+Schools I attended the
conference, but I can't remember if there were other large deployments in
Indiana. You can probably find additional info at the conference website -

I've been involved with the Sugar Labs community (sugarlabs.org) , but it's
more suited for elementary grades. It can run on Ubuntu though.

Good luck,

On Sun, Jan 4, 2009 at 5:44 PM, Brian Fahrlander <wheeldweller at gmail.com>wrote:

> Randy Heiland wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Can anyone offer any first-hand experience with using Ubuntu in the
> > K-12 public classroom?  I just joined a tech committee for a new
> > charter school (grades 7-9) that's suppose to start here in Columbus,
> > IN next fall.  I would like to promote the use of Linux for the
> > computer lab, etc., but suspect that Windows will win out due to other
> > people's pro-Windows stance.  I'd welcome any comments people might
> > have and whether or not there are part-time sysadmins to be found.
> > And I'm aware of the Indiana Access/Linux program as I talked to some
> > of the people behind it, but that's been several years ago and I
> > haven't followed its progress.  Anyone know if there's a mailing list,
> > etc, for that program?
> >
>     I've heard rumors of it, too; nothing in concrete. Especially since
> we're on the opposite end of the state from whence it came.  :(
>   But there is the http://www.k12ltsp.org/contents.html website.
>   They're tightly tied to a K-12 organization that can be all KINDS of
> help to you; special repos, tips-n-tricks, a little hand-holding here
> and there...
>   They're not _strictly_ Ubuntu, but they support it, too.
>    LTSP is a means of using ultra-cheap, ultra-reliable older machines
> to connect via ssh and X to a main machine, where all the user
> information and such resides. It can be VERY cost effective as well as
> keeping control that's hard to get with standalone computers.
>    Enjoy!
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