[K12OSN] Technology and Learning cover story: Linux

Kemp, Levi lnkemp at bolivar.k12.mo.us
Sat Dec 1 22:00:23 UTC 2007

It may be of little help, but I know that both you and the help I got at the Rogersville school (thanks Brandon!) got me started and now the Bolivar School system has multiple Linux servers and a LTSP lab that is spreading through the building. I've felt the same way sometimes because so many people here still see me as their student, but listen to Scott. You did good, just keep trudging on. Nothing is going to happen over night.
Levi Kemp
Technology Specialist
Bolivar R-1 Schools
lnkemp at bolivar.k12.mo.us

"The only secure computer is one that's unplugged, locked in a safe, and buried 20 feet under the ground in a secret location... and I'm not even too sure about that one"  

		--Dennis Hughes, FBI


From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com on behalf of R. Scott Belford
Sent: Sat 12/1/2007 3:26 PM
To: Support list for open source software in schools.
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Technology and Learning cover story: Linux

Richard Ingalls wrote:
> I don't know if you need a subscription to view this or not, but here it is:
> http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newbay/tl_200711/
> I must admit that I'm a bit jaded on this subject, having been a public
> school teacher and technology coordinator for 10 years, and an avid Open
> Source evangelist.  In my state, Missouri, I have found that I was
> either ahead of my time, or that no one wanted to save money on licenses
> and using otherwise unusable hardware.  I presented at the state
> technology coordinator's convention; got an article printed up in the
> Missouri State Teacher's Association magazine; got a local TV story done
> about it and a local newspaper story - all about the great virtues of
> the K12LTSP project and Open Source Software.  It felt to me that no one
> wanted to listen to a young enthusiastic teacher/techie.  All I wanted
> to do was show them the way to a better technological world!  And they
> wouldn't listen!  But I'll show them!  One day I'll get my revenge.  
> Muwaa ha ha ha ha ha!
> Just kidding.  Getting a little silly here.

Do not be discouraged, disenchanted, or disillusioned.  Being an
effective change agent takes time.  Take a look at what you have done -
gotten the word out, gotten publicity, and planted seeds of change.

Three years ago I nearly moved to Missouri with my wife for a 2-year Arm
stint at Ft. Leonard Wood.  I took note of you, your initiatives, and
had planned to help if I went.  I personally think you have done a lot
of great work.

Furthermore, having bought a place in Rolla, I now know what an
incredible braintrust that town has.  I see lots of FOSS there.  Plus,
it is bookended by Kansas City and St. Louis.  Don't underestimate the
positive effects you may have had.  Besides, you probably didn't fully
address, as I did not early on, the extent of OPM abuse in the schools.

> It's been a few years since I've posted to the K12osn list, so I"m just
> saying "hi" to everyone once again.  "Hello world."

Aloha Amigo

> --
> "miracles are a retelling in small letters
> of the very same story which is written across the whole
> world in letter too large for some of us to see."
> -- c.s. lewis


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