[K12OSN] K-12 Open Source Conference October 9 - 11, 2007

Steve Hargadon steve.hargadon at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 22:01:31 UTC 2007

The first K-12 Open Minds conference <http://www.openmindsconference.org/> (
www.openmindsconference.org) is going to be held October 9 - 11, 2007, in
Indianapolis, Indiana. The kick-off reception is Tuesday, the 9th, with the
regular conference sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, the 10th & 11th.

For me, this is the must-attend event of the year relating to Free and Open
Source Software in K-12 education. There are more tracks and topics that I
already want to see than I will have time to attend. There are currently
over 55 planned conference sessions, covering a the use of Linux and Open
Source use in classroom, teaching, technical, and leadership

The individual registration fee is $100, or $89 each for groups of three or
more. Register on the website
<http://www.centerdigitaled.com/cde_registration.php?confid=378>or call
Anthony Yanez, Registration Coordinator, at 800.940.6039, extension 1348.

Holding the conference in Indianapolis has two distinct advantages. The
first is that nice hotel rooms are available for under $100/night at the
conference location
if you book before the 19th of September. Considering that the last
conference I went to, the hotel cost for one night was more than this
conference, and three days of hotel, all combined, makes this the bargain of
the year.

The second benefit is that the conference is being organized by Mike Huffman
and Laura Taylor <http://www.doe.state.in.us/INaccess/>, whose rich
credentials in the area of actual implementation of Free and Open Source
Software in K-12 education are really unparalleled in the United States. See
my interview with them, and an audio recording of their session at NECC
2007, on my EdTechLive.com

Mike is also preparing blog tags for the sessions, and I'll post on that as
soon as we have that information. I hope to see a lot of you there.
Wednesday night is free, and it would be fun to have dinner and socialize.


Steve Hargadon
steve at hargadon.com
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