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A School (almost) without Windows - Follow-up
Friday, January 12 2007 @ 01:55 PM CST
Contributed by: pogson
Views:: 13,861
Education The Linux project at the new Chemawawin School in Easterville is now in regular use. It was operational with 700 user accounts on September 11,2006. There were a few problems with delays in August. The truck arrived with the bulk of the equipment on August 24. There had been delays filling purchase orders, customs clearances and the school building was not officially available until August 18. Because of the rush to implement, many features were unavailable on the first day.

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A School (almost) without Windows
Tuesday, July 18 2006 @ 01:40 PM CST
Contributed by: pogson
Views:: 10,561
Education This week a project was approved to install a large Linux desktop system in Chemawawin School in Easterville, Manitoba. Last year the school was K-8 but in a new building this year will be K-12 with 500 students. 150 new Linux seats will be added in the labs, library, all offices, and classrooms. 50 working Windows machines will be retained to run some Windows-only applications in the primary grades. Linux will be accessible on these by PXE booting.

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and FLOSS
Saturday, July 08 2006 @ 10:23 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 9,250
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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Why and how to build web sites to W3C standards
Monday, June 05 2006 @ 09:41 PM CST
Contributed by: Patrick Donoahue
Views:: 6,624

The Internet is at a critical juncture and serious choices are being made by millions of people across the globe. These decisions will have an enormous impact on future direction of the World Wide Web. As with any professional discipline a need for universal conventions is necessary.

It is my contention that the World Wide Consortium (W3C) and the standards and protocols they are proposing are necessary, beneficial and indispensable to proper web site construction. The reader should be aware that there are those who think the W3C can not provide this structure. My hope is to convince you otherwise.

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Sésamath 5 - A first textbook of mathematics under free licence
Tuesday, March 28 2006 @ 01:04 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 3,779

Sésamath association proposes a textbook of mathematics for the class of 5th pennies free, free downloadable licence on Internet and which will be sold in May 2006 pennies format paper approximately ten euros in partnership with the Génération5 editor.

Linux Terminal Servers in Saskatchewan Schools
Sunday, November 13 2005 @ 11:35 AM CST
Contributed by: pogson
Views:: 3,798
Education Robert Pogson

La Loche, SK, Canada

While we all know computers cannot teach, they are excellent tools for conveying information of many kinds in the educational community and give good value for money and effort spent to place them in schools. Most schools use computer labs and a minimal number of computers in the classroom. I believe the time has come to increase use of computers in classrooms and I believe it can be done much more economically.

Call for open-source interested/active educators: Dissertation research
Sunday, November 14 2004 @ 01:41 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 4,879
Education Hi everyone,

I am about to embark on my dissertation research data-collection. For this, I am looking for K-12 educators who are involved in the use, development of and/or advocacy of free and open-source software. If you fit this description, and would be interested in sharing your experiences, please contact me. If you don't seem to fit this description, do you know anyone who does? Please let me know, or feel free to pass on this message to others. I could really use everyone's help on this. Please please. :-)

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Surfing and Sourcing: Saskatchewan School District goes Thin Client
Monday, October 11 2004 @ 10:17 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 8,144
Education NEW ROCHELLE, NY, USA, Oct. 11, 2004 – A year ago, Tom Hawboldt, technology coordinator for the Northwest Catholic School District No. 16 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, surfed the Internet for information on the latest advancements in computer networks for school systems. Finding what he was looking for, he contacted Symbio Technologies in the New York City suburbs, which in turn called its value-added reseller in Ontario to team up for an international success story which has resulted in “more teachers – not just more computers – and a great system that is super stable and which has saved the district a bunch of money.”

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Ontario's school system gives StarOffice a shot
Thursday, May 27 2004 @ 03:49 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 4,543
Education The province of Ontario Thursday said it has reached an agreement with Sun Microsystems of Canada to provide more than two million students with access to the company's StarOffice desktop productivity suite.

Sun Canada is calling it the largest ever StarOffice 7 shipment in North America. The software has been delivered to each of Ontario's 72 public and Catholic school boards and may be freely copied for school use. Financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed, but Sun Canada's director for education and research Lynne Zucker said that the fee was minimal.

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Linux Thin Clients To Replace Sun In North Battleford School Board
Sunday, April 11 2004 @ 02:59 PM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
Views:: 4,438
Education BRAMPTON, Ontario, March 30, 2004 - Systems Aligned Inc. ("Systems Aligned"), a professional Linux IT services firm, announced today the sale of Linux thin clients and servers to the North West Catholic School Division #16 ("NWCSD #16") school board in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

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