AWESOME was [discuss] MS dictating education in schools!

Many thanks to this list!

I received two very kind and generous offers to assist with my "school"
challenge as outlined in the email to this list (included below). Both
offers were beyond my wildest expectations. I'm going to keep the two
anonymous for the moment as we still have some "red tape" to work
through ;-)

Monty: thanks also for the hint on Seneca--I had no idea this service

Since I've had such great response on this list so far I think I'll push
my luck and throw in some additional questions along PR lines (although
it may be a little premature at this point).

1. A "Linux is Cool" presenter

I'm in my 40's and probably wouldn't strike any jaded, cynical,
troubled, anti-authoritarian teenager as the slightest bit hip or
cool---or whatever they say these days.

Ideally, the teacher in question (and myself) would appreciate a
younger, hipper person with "street cred" and knows today's youth
culture, music, clothes, talk, etc. and can communicate to this class of
"hard-to-serve" youth to give an intro presentation as to why "Linux is
cool". Obviously, the aforementioned Seneca college lead would be a
great start BUT if anyone in the Toronto area is so inclined and has the
right vibe, I'll happily find some way of getting you to the Durham area
when the time comes ;-)

2. PR Next steps

Given my day job I talk to alot of Open Source/Linux
editors/journalists...and surprise we don't always talk about LPI ;-).
Some of them are looking for an "Open Source saves the day"
down-to-earth community story--or so they tell me. ;-)

So...which of the following should I/we do:

1. Pitch the story idea to "select" media and see if they pick it up
2. Pitch the story and offer the services of an aspiring or existing
tech writer from this list
3. Give this story to an aspiring or tech writer from this list and let
them pitch it as a freelance gig
4. Issue a press release and send it out to everybody (when the project
is completed)

Of course, we could do a combination--although most media like the
"exclusive". That doesn't stop others from putting a local spin on it
and putting out there own story (there seems to be alot more of this
going on in NGOs and schools than I previously thought).

Advice is appreciated.

On a final note, I'm a marcomm kind of guy and have highly limited tech
skills--as friends on this list can readily attest. I use the Linux
distros my highly valued and overworked IT support staff tell me to use.
Not that I want to start a distro discussion BUT has anyone used the
Edbuntu distro (an education fork of Ubuntu) and can tell me what about
it would recommend it to an education setting over any other install?

Thanks. You're all AWESOME!


Scott Lamberton wrote:

>Russell McOrmond wrote:
>>Monty wrote:
>>>(Ontario LinuxFest article)
>>>Can we find out which school boards have this policy?
>> Remember, this was a "Linux" fest, so you want to interpret this in
>>the context of operating systems and not software in general. I know
>>of no school board anywhere that has a policy of a single vendor for
>>all software, but many have a policy of a single operating system.
>> I know there is disagreement in this forum, but operating systems
>>are the wrong place to focus any discussion. We should spend more
>>time talking about FLOSS applications and less about operating systems
>>as operating systems are (and will always be) the last change people
>>make. If you start your conversation with operating systems you have
>>essentially declared your conversation as ended at the beginning, and
>>what you are saying ignored.
>On a different note I need a Linux guru for assistance with a high
>school project in Bowmanville--essentially set up a small LAN and
>install Linux on several "donated" computers.
>The problem is similar but different.
>The school has an excess of 20Gig IBM P3s. The new hardware supplier
>for the school board won't maintain the computers because they are not
>"xyz" brand (you can guess ;-). A classroom of behaviourally challenged
>students (i.e. students who don't fit into the regular program) are
>without computers because (a) they are not directly students of the
>school board (they are a social services program) and (b) don't have the
>budget for their class for computers or software. They do have as many
>of the above "discarded" computers as they want.
>If I can find someone to assist with this project I am promised as much
>media attention as possible i.e. how Linux and Open Source came to the
>rescue ;-)
>Anyone know of someone that could assist with this in the Durham area.
>I may be able to scare up $ for out-of-pocket.

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
Telephone: +1-416-666-1574

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