Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Open Source for Home Schoolers

While promoting Open Source and Education through this blog and other means, including my personal blog, for some time now, I recently discovered that I have been ignoring a very broad segment of our population - the home schoolers. Home schoolers have a unique opportunity to make use of Open Source Software since they do not have to deal with school district bureaucrats.

Noticing a shortage of Open Source resources for home schooling, I have created a portal for home schoolers who wish to learn more about Open Source and find support for using Open Source. The site is Open Source for Home Schoolers and is still in early stages of development.

Visit Open Source for Home Schoolers regularly and watch for updates.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Comments On Educating Children

This comment was in response to the criticism of the layout of the One Laptop Per Child prototype. I agree that we need to stop training and start educating kids!

"In fact, one of the saddest but most common conditions in elementary school computer labs (when they exist in the developing world), is the children are being trained to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint," Negroponte wrote in an e-mail interview. "I consider that criminal, because children should be making things, communicating, exploring, sharing, not running office automation tools."

Read the entire article at Low-Cost Laptop Could Transform Learning