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The Future of Ubiquitous Computing – Zero Cost Licensing with Open Source

In this Radio TICAL episode, the Director of CoSN’s K-12 Open Technologies Initiative, Steve Hargadon, shares an overview and the benefits of adopting open source software in your schools.

California Open Source Textbook Project

The California Open Source Textbook Project (COSTP) is a collaborative, public/private undertaking. It has been created to address the high cost, content range, and consistent shortages of K-12 textbooks in California. COSTP will employ the advantages of open sourced content and innovative licensing tools to significantly reduce California's K-12 textbook costs — eventually turning K-12 curriculum and textbook construction from a cost into a revenue generator for the State of California.

Introduction to Moodle

In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, you will learn about Moodle, an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Moodle is popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. See how Moodle is used across a broad range of career and technical courses to develop in-depth learning content and also how Moodle is used as a support for face-to-face teaching and learning.


Communication with severe autistic children is difficult and frustrating. This Microsoft Grant funded program is developing an Open-source software for smartphones and PDAs that will facilitate on-the-go communication with autistic children. The target group are the very young or severe autistic children who need either a first learning device or who will never go beyond using image-based communication. The software on the PDA will allow the child to choose and combine images to form a message. Pictorial communication is often used with these children for communication. There is no more need to carry cardboard or paper images and pictures around. The images can be downloaded and managed from software you install on your computer and will then be available on the PDA. Using the software, the teacher or parent can choose which images to use on the PDA and how they should be combined. They will also be able to see how often the child uses the PDA and which message where formed (or other activities performed) over time.


Want photo editing software but have little money to spend on it? Here is a free, open source option for Windows computers. It features support for layers, unlimited undo, and special effects filters. Additional filters are available through the online community. Consider adding this to your multimedia toolkit.

The Thornburg Center

This site contains relevant podcasts, and resources relating to open source, programming, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) software. The Thornburg Center consists of consultants, speakers and authors whose primary focus is on education from Kindergarten to twelfth grade. Thornburg Center speakers are commonly found on the programs and podiums of major conferences that focus on educational technology with a common theme of enhancing student creativity and the mastery of subjects through the thoughtful use of modern technologies and project-based learning.

Moodle Services

Moodle is a course management system designed to help educators who want to create quality online courses. The software is used all over the world by universities, schools, companies and independent teachers. Moodle is open source and completely free to use.

Khan Academy

A Math resource for All. Students, teachers, administrators, and anyone who is in need of Math skills: K -12 through higher Education students will excel with the Khan Academy’s on-line How To videos all about Math, Science, and myriad of other disciplines. The Khan Academy is a not for profit 501(c) (3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Created and maintained by Salman Khan, the site includes user-paced exercises-developed as an open source project allowing the Academy to become the free classroom of the world. Also provides data on students' course completion.

Request Tracker

Request Tracker (RT) is an open source web-based IT work order system that is customizable. RT allows a single point of access to your support staff that reduces duplication of effort and allows jobs to be prioritized by the IT manager.


TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables you to build visually-rich interactive timelines and is available in 40 languages. The TimelineJS Embed Generator makes it easy to add a timeline to your own site. Just copy the Google Spreadsheet template on the site, add your events as rows in the spreadsheet, and use our generator tool to generate the HTML you need to add to your site. Timeline can automatically pull in photos, videos from YouTube or Vimeo, tweets, Wikipedia entries, and many other media types to help tell your story.


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