The Open Schoolhouse: Building a Technology Program to Transform Learning and Empower Students

The Open Schoolhouse: Building a Technology Program to Transform Learning and Empower Students

by Charlie Reisinger


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Schools struggle with budget-breaking software bills while students endure locked-down computers and closed technology policies. But there's a better way to empower and inspire students: the open source model.

The Open Schoolhouse is a candid story and practical guidebook for school administrators and educators seeking affordable and powerful technology programs. Follow Penn Manor School District's open technology journey from the server room to the classroom. Learn how open source software and values helped the district cut costs, design a one-to-one laptop program, and create an internationally recognized student help desk. You'll discover:

  • The secrets behind free and open source software and how open source principles ignite classroom collaboration, design thinking, and communities of practice

  • How LibreOffice, Linux, Moodle, WordPress, and other open source programs can save schools hundreds of thousands of dollars

  • How open source culture and software tools can help school technology teams improve infrastructure and support systems

  • The step-by-step story of dreaming, planning, and launching an open high school one-to-one laptop program and student-led technology help desk

  • How a remarkable team of high school technology apprentices created innovative software for thousands of students and teachers

If you like clear examples, abundant anecdotes, and inspiring student success stories, you'll love this behind the scenes look at how one school district rebooted classroom technology and empowered students to rewire their world.

Read The Open Schoolhouse and be inspired to upgrade your school to open source!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781537484051
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/06/2016
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Charlie Reisinger is the Technology Director for Penn Manor School District in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. A member of the senior leadership team, he directs instructional technology programs and technical infrastructure and operations. A passionate advocate and frequent speaker on open source values in education, Charlie and his team implemented the largest classroom desktop Linux program in Pennsylvania. Connect with Charlie on Twitter: @charlie3.

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