Open-source technologies hold great promise for education--but for this promise to be fully realized, a dramatic shift in thinking must occur, according to representatives from the ed-tech industry, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions from around the world.

The occasion for their discussion was a symposium titled "K-12 Open Technologies Initiative," held March 8-9 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The event took place in conjunction with the annual K-12 School Networking Conference hosted by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that helps schools use technology to improve teaching and learning.

Co-sponsored by IBM Corp., which offers open-source


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