This podcast features an interview with Sam Wynn, technology director for Vinita Public Schools in Vinita, Oklahoma. We discussed their district’s use of the free Open Fire instant messaging platform for intra-district communication. Our conversation also addressed the district’s plans to utilize collaborative technologies like blogs and wikis, and the benefits of self-hosting these resources within the district rather than using externally hosted sites. Sam has a vision of schools becoming content hosts for student learning in the future. His district is running a wide variety of open source solutions including Cacti, IPCop, Openswan, post fix, Spam Assassin, Dovecot, Userful, and G4L among other solutions. Sam also discussed some challenges they have faced integrating Macintosh computers into their predominantly Linux-based server system using NFS file shares. With a staff of two and robust knowledge of open source technology solutions, the Vinita Schools’ technology department is managing a large number of computer systems and providing a supportive environment for digital teaching and learning.

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  1. Open Fire Instant Messaging Platform
  2. Cacti (network graphing solution)
  3. IPCop
  4. Openswan (implementation of IPsec for Linux)
  5. Post Fix (Open source email server for Unix, IBM Public license)
  6. SpamAssassin (Powerful #1 Open-Source Spam Filter)
  7. Dovecot (open source IMAP and POP3 server for Linux/UNIX-like systems)
  8. Userful (powers secure desktop computers at a fraction of conventional costs)
  9. G4L (open source hard disk and partition imaging and cloning tool)
  10. Logicube (hard disk imaging solutions)
  11. Vinita Public Schools, Oklahoma

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One Response to Podcast197: Leveraging a Variety of Free and Open Source Technology Solutions to Support Learning

  1. Brian Crosby says:

    Wes – Per your comment on my k12 online Keynote – Let me know when you want me to come down your way to help you make your case about opening up the tools I talked about in Oklahoma. : )

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