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Fluck, A (2004) Government sponsored open source software for school education. In: IFIP 18th World Computer Congress, 22-27th August 2004, Toulouse, France.

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Abstract

The history of computing can be seen in terms of cultural change engendered by philosophical opposition. In education some key philosophical dichotomies are those of commercial-copyright versus free open source software, and office-centric pedagogies versus rich software libraries to support the whole school curriculum. The Blue File software library was generated by four centres supporting students with special learning needs in Britain in the early 1980s, and embodied important features relevant to these tensions. More recently a longitudinal study in Tasmania has provided data to take the story further, highlighting the dangers of an office-centric approach to ICT in school education. The paper concludes with an argument for the exploration of online learning objects as a possible teacher-friendly solution to providing teachers with a rich repertoire of curriculum-focused learning activities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Free source software; Open source software; School education; On-line learning objects; Office productivity software.
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:12
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/519
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