[K12OSN] NELS & FOSS-Education Association
jim at winonacotter.org
Fri Jun 23 13:53:25 UTC 2006
I would also be interested in being added to the list.
On Fri, 23 Jun 2006 08:41:19 -0500, Chris Bacigalupo wrote
> Please add me to the list of interested participants!
> I'd be eager to contribute time and energy to formation of such a group
> On Wed, 2006-06-21 at 15:58 -0400, Bryant Patten wrote:
> > Once again, David and Matt put on an awesome NELS gathering in Bethel,
> > Maine. Thanks guys!
> > Much fun, lots of swapping of stories and expertise, and as others
> > mentioned, more teachers - which is really exciting. The food was
> > again fabulous - tough to complain about roast beef, shrimp and
> > chocolate cake (to give an example of one excellent meal). I just
> > don't understand why David doesn't ever mention the food :)
> > We also discussed the idea of starting an association
> > (group/co-op/guild/organization) of Open Source and Education
> > consultants. Not surprisingly we ran smack into a definition of who
> > should be in this group but as a start we said the target is people
> > whose primary focus of their for-profit business is helping schools use
> > open source. There were several of us at the conference (David Trask -
> > CopperDog, Matt Oquist - Majen, Chris Johnson - Dirigo, Bill Sconce- In
> > Spec, Inc., Bryant Patten - White Nitro) who met and tried to answer
> > some of the following questions:
> > 1) How many FOSS and education consultants are out there in the US?
> > (5? 50? 500? 5000?)
> > 2) Would such an organization help? (make school admin people feel
> > FOSS is legit, share resources, sponsor conferences)
> > 3) Should it be free or charge dues? (Dues could fund NELS-like
> > conferences in other parts of the country)
> > 4) Who should join? (consultants, schools, product companies...)
> > 4) Does something like this already exists?
> > I have discussed this idea with some other consultants and plan to
> > bring it up with people at NECC as well. I volunteered to push this
> > forward for a bit and see what happens so please let me know (on list
> > or off) any thoughts, resources or suggestions.
> > Bryant Patten
> > White Nitro, LLC
> > opensource at whitenitro.com
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