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Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and FLOSS
Saturday, July 08 2006 @ 10:23 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
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Education From Digital Copyright Canada:

"I sent a copy of the Letter to the Ontario Minister of Education about software policy. I asked if if school boards are under Access to Information legislation, as well as any exclusive agreements or policy that school boards of the province may have with software vendors that would exclude teachers from using alternatives. My trustee forwarded the letter to staff.

The following is the reply from Laura McAlister, Superintendent of Curriculum, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, dated July 3, 2006."

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Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and FLOSS
Authored by: pogson on Tuesday, July 18 2006 @ 12:10 AM CST
"the student must have the same system at school, from classroom to classroom, and from home."

The super must not have heard of the web and open standards. A student can access a good course management system like Moodle or well designed web pages from any browser. Last year, in my lab, I had students using Windows XP and Linux to access Moodle. For word processing they used five different word processors to learn about the choices available. The problem here is the super sees Windows as the norm when it should be considered deviant.

Fortunately, I have a more enlightened boss this year. The school will move from an old building to a new enlarged structure with 150 new Linux seats using the latest Ubuntu distro and a mix of commercial and custom (six-seater) thin clients. Two servers will provide the usual file/web and print services in a failsafe cluster and four will provide terminal services. Six machines loaded with FLOSS will meet all our curricular requirements and provides students with a responsive, interesting environment. The money saved on software licences will enrich the environment with additional seats and digital devices.

"Complexity kills." - Ray Ozzie, Microsoft 2005

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