When The Best is Free
An educator's perspective on open source software

David D. Thornburg, PhD

Abstract:

As schools work to increase the number of computers in student hands in the face of declining technology budgets, it is important to explore how to save scarce money without reducing the quality of software being used by students and teachers alike. This dynamic presentation, based on the presenter's most recent book, looks at a hand-picked collection of open source and other free software that not only helps reduce software budgets, but provides very high quality tools for everything from word processing to galactic exploration.

Furthermore, every title explored in this presentation runs on all three major educational computing platforms, Linux, Windows and Macintosh, insuring that you'll be able to start saving money immediately no matter which computing platform you now own.

Presenter requirements: Broadband Internet access

Presentation type... keynote or breakout session
Audience................ all
Duration................. 1 hour
Handouts................ Software list, included (copies of Dr. Thornburg's book, "When the Best is Free" can be made available to participants at a special discount)

Dr. Thornburg will gladly tailor any presentation to your specific needs.