Tech Management with Open Source: Stevenson Middle School

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 4:00am

At 6PM HST on 9/30/13, Ken Agcaoili will be discussing his experiences as Tech Coordinator at R.L. Stevenson Middle School, where he transformed the school's technical plans using open-source tools.  This Hangout-on-Air discussion with Ken and students from ETEC 647C, Free and Open-Source Software in Education will be broadcast on the linked event page (via Youtube) at the appointed time.

About Ken:  For much of his career, Agcaoili has fought to transform classrooms by changing pedagogical practices, which encourage knowledge creation communities.  Key factors in creating a knowledge creation community are collaboration tools made possible through easy access of networked computers.  Despite a limited budget, Agcaoili has successfully established a more than one-to-one computer ratio at RLS by using netbooks running the Linux distribution, Ubuntu, as the operating system.

The shift to Linux began when 150 laptops running Windows XP on RLS campus could not run the Hawaii State Assessment, because of programs running in the background.  Instead of troubleshooting each laptop, Clonezilla was used to re-image each laptop with Ubuntu.  The small footprint of the Ubuntu image allowed for a seven minute re-image for each laptop.  This is compared to the 30 minute re-image for Windows XP.  RLS now has more than 700 student computers smoothly running Ubuntu.

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Paul McKimmy
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