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Free Software in Education News – January

January was quite busy for me, but I still managed to collect some things. If you come accross anything that might be worth mentioning in this series, please drop me a note, dump it in this pad or drop it on the edu-eu mailinglist!

FSFE Edu-Team activities

The first physical edu-team meeting took place alongside FOSDEM in Brussels.

Blogpost by edu-team member Nico Rikken: Why engineering students need to be taught free software

Community

5100+ signatures for open formats in the French educational system (Nice campaign, April!)

Free Software GIS week for Athens students (organised by the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (El/Lak or GFOSS), in cooperation with the municipality of Athens.

Blog post by Aleix Pol from KDE-Edu: Hacking Free Software, a different point of view

Mozilla Science Lab will launch a fellowship program for early-career researchers, centered around training for more efficient, collaborative research as well as community leadership.

Government

As covered under “community”: Free Software GIS week for Athens students (organised by the Greek Free/Open Source Software Society (El/Lak or GFOSS), in cooperation with the municipality of Athens.

Danish open source early warning system for schools

Edu software

The ATI (Art and Technology of Image) department at University Paris 8 is switching to Krita this year. “This department has the double aim to train students both to use graphic software (2D,3D,VFX and Compositing) and to code their own (Python, C#, C++). Until recently the classes used only Adobe Photoshop, but because of inadequate support from the company the department decided to replace that.”

Other news

Charlie Reisinger talk: More soup, less nuts

Raspberry Pi embraced by Australian school

I’m afraid I missed this in December: Univention presents their annual Graduate Prize for dissertations dealing with applicable and in ­demand Free Software solutions

There is a new open source tool for parents to make their children study and learn in exchange for internet access. It enables education software developers to be compensated for their efforts.

The project’s success will depend on participation. It needs a parent community and a developer community, both of which are beginning to take shape.

Inclusion: Malta promotes ICT tools for an inclusive society

Future events

March 21, 2015: Education Freedom Day

July 21-24, 2015: 9th International Conference on e-Learning (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain)

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