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Free Software in Education NEWS – December

Here’s what I collected in December. If you come accross anything that might be worth mentioning in this series, please drop me a note, dump it in this pad or even better: drop it on the edu-eu mailinglist!

FSFE Edu-Team activities

We’ve still been working on the NL Edu campaign and restructuring on the education pages on FSFE. If you have any input what can be improved or something you would like to see in this category, please let us know!

Sebastian wrote a blog post about the hackdays and hackathons in Berlin to get young people involved in hacking. The TSB Technologiestiftung provides the Hackingbox which contains

  • 12 Raspberry Pis including 8G SD-Card, power supply and case
  • 12 Makey Makeys
  • 12 Fritzing Starter Kits with Arduino

Some Edu-Team members will meet at FOSDEM. If you are there, please stop by FSFE’s booth and ask!

Community

A post by Shauna Gordon-McKeon that describes how OpenHatch brings Free Software to Campus and how they scaled “in a box”

Sridhar Dhanapalan writes about “Creating an Education Programme

Here a quick quote as a teaser: Their education programme “highly values teacher empowerment and community engagement”:

“We have a responsibility to invest in our childrens education it is not just another market. As a not-for-profit, we have the freedom and the desire to make this happen. We have no interest in vendor lock-in; building sustainability is an essential part of our mission. We have no incentive to build a dependency on us, and every incentive to ensure that schools and communities can help themselves and each other.”

And another quote:

We provide a copletely unlocked environment, with full access to the root user and the firmware. Some may call that dangerous, but I call that empowerment. If a child starts hacking on an XO, we want to hire that kid.

There were more reports from Sahun (see previous Edu-Posting)

Edu software

Future events

 

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