Schoolforge, a global coalition of organizations dedicated to promoting open-source software in education, announced the launch of its web site Jan. 8. The alliance was formed in November when members of the online groups SEUL/edu, Open Source Schools, the K-12 Linux in Schools project, and the Open Source Educational Foundation decided to develop a central organization to help educators take advantage of open-source and free software resources. Composed of more than 30 open-source educational organizations on five continents, the all-volunteer Schoolforge aims to help its member organizations introduce open resources to primary and secondary educational settings; help educators use and develop open resources, including free software and curricula; foster local and global volunteer support networks to implement open-source educational solutions; and provide open forums for educators to share information with colleagues and with corporate and government stakeholders. Visitors to the site will find links to successful case studies from around the world, as well as how-tos, reviews, and informative essays. Links are also provided to free and open-source educational and administrative software and free instructional texts. Organizations interested in joining can learn more on the siteÕs “Becoming a Member” page.

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