Case studies profile open-technology projects

As part of its K-12 Open Technologies Initiative, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released a series of implementation studies looking at how schools have approached the adoption of open-source software and other open technologies. The first study examines the adoption of an enterprise Linux operating system in the Saugus Public Schools in California, and the second focuses on the rollout of Indiana’s inACCESS desktop Linux program. Both studies provide technical details about the software and vendor selection process, research, communication, training, support, benefits, and problems associated with each solution. The studies aim to provide guidance for school leaders who are considering or adopting open technologies in their own schools or districts. Future implementation studies will focus on open-source learning management systems, open content, and interoperability, CoSN says. “Educational leaders … are not always aware of the pros and cons associated with using open technologies,” said Jim Hirsch, CoSN board liaison to the K-12 Open Technologies Initiative and chief information officer for the Plano Independent School District in Texas. “These implementation studies are great resources for helping educators explore and understand the issues involved in adopting open-source and other technologies.”

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