Spring 2013 TexOS Teens

Howard College of San AngeloTexOS is about to have our 4th TexOS Teens project. TexOS takes donated computers from around San Angelo, Texas and the surrounding Concho Valley, fixes them up, installs Linux and other Open Source Software on them, trains people how to use them, then gives the computers away.

A special thanks for this batch of donated computers that comes from Howard College of San Angelo. Other thanks goes to Dr. George Pacheco, Jr. for the use of his computer hauler a.k.a. pick-up truck! And Alberto Caro for helping set up the lab computers at the Adult Literacy Council of the Concho Valley (ALC).

Speaking of the ALC, Marilynn Golightly, the ALC’s director, has graciously lent us a room to host our two Saturday weekend training course for TexOS Teens on April 20th and 27th. Down the road our goal will be to not only provide adult literacy such as reading and writing, but technology literacy as well. One of our main goals with TexOS – The Texas Open Source Project, is “Give a person a fish, they eat for a day. Teach them to fish, they eat for a lifetime.” We believe in teaching people the Open Source Mindset which is tied to Open Source Software and can freely and legally be shared with everyone which causes the service to be exponentially paid forward. Thus impacting more people’s lives through giving, sharing, collaborating and innovating.

If you have an old computer you’d like to donate to other TexOS Projects, please contact Brian Beck at beck@texos.org
325-939-0339

San Angelo ISD and your Technology

San Angelo ISD: I had a good talk last night with a teacher (who is for Open Source in education) explain how uneasy she was with SAISD spending so much money on closed-proprietary systems such as iPads, when her computer was so old. How do we get more people to understand! What we truly need in education is to start fostering technical innovation, not trying to buy it! And in turn, because after all we are paid with taxpayers money, we can release it as Open Source and now the rest of the world gets to use it. Ever heard of the concept of Paying it Forward!? — By the way, I’m not the only one on this planet that thinks so: http://www.umassmedia.com/opinions/article_104d9d1c-9326-11e2-8e64-0019bb30f31a.html

Education Today

YES!!! to the NO!… “The Day the Teachers Said No!” …. I wish more Texas Educators knew what was coming down the pipe for them. It makes me want to get out of Education all together. And I’m in Higher Ed’, it will not directly affect us on an operational level as much, it however be noticed in the students who come to us.  Read post and view Video Here

Teachers should stand up to standardize testing as well as many other things that States and mostly Corporations are lobbying for. It was so sad to sit at SXSWEdu aka $X$WEdu in Austin, Texas last week and watch those FOR-PROFIT companies tell “We The People” how we are going to teach and educate. What is the point of being an ISD (Independent School District) if you don’t “fight” for your independence!  View “The Cla$$room of the Future”

This is why I went with Linux and Open Source Software. No Windows, No Mac, No restrictions on them telling me what I can and can’t do with the software. No limitations on giving my software away to anyone, anywhere, anytime. I can teach the Open Source Mindset, Share, Collaborate, Innovate…and the ones I teach that to can Pay it Forward!

“Give a person a fish, they eat for a day. Teach them to fish, they eat for a life time!” Lock a school district into a set software package where all their eggs are in one basic and they can’t share that information with anyone else…..you are their slave, they are your masters.

IF ANY OF YOU EDUCATORS IN K-12 OR HIGHER ED IN THE SAN ANGELO, TEXAS OR WEST TEXAS AREA WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE SOFTWARE I USE IN ACTION, LET ME KNOW! 100% FREE TO YOU, 100% FREE TO YOUR STUDENTS, 100% FREE TO THE COMMUNITY…..YOU ARE NOW FREE TO START TEACHING!!!