Educating Students in 21st Century Skills via FOSS

Location: Meeting Room B2
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Schools all over the country are trying to figure out how to teach their students the 21st century skills reflected in the new ISTE National Educational Technology Standards. The National Center for Open Source and Education (NCOSE) is developing materials to make it easy for teachers and students to engage with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) projects. This curriculum and the projects it contains will naturally use FOSS tools, but more importantly, it will demonstrate how the distributed-creation process itself of FOSS software and materials teaches the very skills outlined in the new ISTE standards. By contributing to FOSS projects, students will – “ apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.” {NETS 1a}, “ develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.” {NETS 2c} and “identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.” {NETS 4a}.  Ancillary benefits include collaborating with people from all over the world and gaining real-world work experience.
This talk is targeted at FOSS project leaders and community managers and explains how they can join in this effort and tap a huge pool of volunteer help with documentation, testing, templates and outreach.

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Bryant Patten

National Center for Open Source and Education

Mr. Patten has spent the last 20 years developing educational software for a variety of clients. He has managed the engineering departments for several companies, including his own, and has won several awards for software design. He is currently bringing Open Source software solutions to schools to help maximize their technology dollars and close the digital divide between students of diverse economic backgrounds. Mr Patten is also the Executive Director of the National Center for Open Source and Education – a non profit organization advocating Open Source adoption in K-12 schools throughout the country.

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Rene Schutte
07/23/2009 8:11am PDT

Bryant Patten’s passion and enthusiasm is contagious and kept his audience engaged throughout his talk. He covered an amazing amount of information in the time allocated, and I look forward to interacting with him going forward in the higher education sector.

Thank you Bryant

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