Linux in an Academic Setting

I discovered a great community discussion on using Linux in the classroom. The thread can be found on Spiceworks and is one of the few current discussion I’ve found (with comments from 2016). Some of the comments can be a bit technical, but it provides a great overview and a lot of different opinions on using Linux or any open source software in a school system. Check it out.

Mesh Networks in Education

I have been very interested in mesh networks recently. It’s not a brand new idea, but has received a lot of public interest lately. The software and technology has come a long way. The popularity of smartphones and tablets provide a new and more prevalent system for developing the mesh network.

Mesh networks are a natural fit for school systems. A system that is densely populated with devices all using one network in a limited area (the school). However, I haven’t seen many examples of a mesh network being used, and would be curious to see it deployed.

A mesh network is a network topology in which each node relays data for the network. All mesh nodes cooperate in the distribution of data in the network.

For many school, that are relying on aging hardware and infrastructure to support growing use, mesh networks provide some relief from the network stress by allowing devices to act as nodes. Not putting all the strain on single access points or switches.

Are there any school systems or companies working to implement this? I have seen commercial uses, but little in the K12 education sector.

The Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools

Published and distributed by Media Smarts. This is a massive resource for anyone interested in digital literacy. Educators, administrators, and parents should all have an understanding of digital literacy. As more technology is in front of our students, more work is being done outside the classroom and on the Internet. It is important for everyone to understand what that means. When you visit a website, how is data being collected? How is your data being turned into advertisements? What does anonymous mean online? What is public, what is private? What is a good password? How do you keep digital information secure? It is a new way of thinking and learning that we need to understand. Less and less of what we produce is physical. It is digital code stored on a server.