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[K12OSN] FOSSed 2009 only a few weeks away! Open 1to1 announced!



Hello everyone!

The 2009 FOSSed conference (Free and Open Source Software in Education) is
only a few weeks away!  June 24th - 26th at Gould Academy in Bethel,
Maine.  The school year is winding down and now it's time to begin
planning for the future.  Times are tough and budgets are tight, but we
have the sessions and presentations to help you out!  FOSSed has been
providing excellent professional development opportunties for folks just
like you for 7 years!  Learn new ideas that can save your schools money,
increase student learning and access to technology, and revitalize your
technology offerings!  Yes!  You are entitled to professional development!
 Come, relax, and learn!  FOSSed is a unique hands-on opportunity for you
and your team. 

Open 1to1 initiative

Today was the official announcement of the Open 1to1 project.  Open 1to1
is an effort to provide technical support, expertise, professional
development and a community to help schools that are tackling one to one
netbook or laptop deployments.  You can view the announcement here and
visit the Open 1 to 1 web site here  http://www.open1to1.org.  This is an
exciting time in technology!  Open 1 to 1 aims to give folks the tools to
make their netbook/laptop deployment sucessful.  So....what does that mean
for FOSSed?  This year we'll offer several session for those who are
beginning or considering a one to one netbook/laptop deployment. 
Imaging/deployment, care and use, server technologies,
infrastructure/management....these will be addressed as part of our
offerings at FOSSed to help get you on the right track for your project! 

Sugar on a Stick!

This year we're excited to welcome [
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Bender ]Walter Bender and Caroline
Meeks of SugarLabs!  They will be showing Sugar the new operating system
designed for exploratory education and how you can have your whole
educational environment boot from a USB flash drive. From the Sugarlabs
website: "Sugar provides a simple yet powerful means of engaging young
children in the world of learning that is opened up by computers and the
Internet. With Sugar, even the youngest learner will quickly become
proficient in using the computer as a tool to engage in authentic
problem-solving. Sugar promotes sharing, collaborative learning, and
reflection, developing skills that help them in all aspects of life." 
(for those who are familiar with the One Laptop Per Child, Sugar is the
interface for the OLPC)  http://www.sugarlabs.org

Good news for ACTEM members!

At the recent ACTEM business meeting, ACTEM voted to add additional monies
to the professional development budget to accomodate anyone wishing to
take advantage of the $400 professional development benefit this year. 
Remember, the fiscal year ends June 30th, but that's just in time for
FOSSed!  ACTEM is a generous sponsor of FOSSed and encourages its members
to take advantage of this membership benefit.  The FOSSed conference is
just $495 (on campus) and $455 (off campus) and the fees include
everything!  Meals, rooms, conference....everything.  We take the worry
and hassle out of attending...you just show up and bring your enthusiasm! 
The ACTEM web site has all the details! 
http://www.actem.org/Pages/ACTEM_ProDev/index

We're flexible!

Need special payment arrangements?   Planning to be reimbursed, but can't
go without your money for very long?  Need to pay by credit card?  Need
special billing after July 1st?  Let us know...we can help!  We want YOU
at FOSSed 2009....it's that important....   :-)

Teachers, techies, integrationists, admins....we have something for
everyone!  So...please join us this year for FOSSed 2009!  Register today!

Visit our site at http://www.fossed.com for more information, flyers,
pics, and more!  Register soon....FOSSed will be here before you know it!


David Trask
FOSSed 2009
Copperdog Consulting & Training
copperdoggy gmail com
(207) 446-2738

David N. Trask
Technology Teacher/Director
Vassalboro Community School
dtrask vcsvikings org
(207)923-3100
(207)923-4305 (direct)


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