At Maryland's Chelsea School, free and open source software is helping deliver services to the school's elementary students inside the classroom and out--from audio editing software to learning apps for special needs students to course management. In fact, open source so permeates Chelsea that some students are even working to contribute code back to the open source development community.
- By Bridget McCrea
An emerging virtual world platform is the destination of droves of emigrant avatars, as a price hike and the shutdown of the teen-only grid have prompted an educator exodus away from Second Life.
Developers have released Moodle 2.0.1, a minor update to the popular open source learning management system.
Magnolia has updated its open source content management system to allow multiple people to edit the content at the same time. Magnolia version 4.4 also adds content translation, multi-step forms, and a page comparison feature, among other enhancements.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The state-run virtual schooling programs in South Carolina and Utah have adopted learning management systems based on the open source Moodle platform.
- By Scott Aronowitz
Red Hat this week said it has acquired Makara, a provider of software that will help the open source software provider accelerate the build-out its cloud services.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Following more than two years of development, the Moodle community has formally released Moodle 2.0, a major update to the popular open source learning management system.
Microsoft recently announced a partnership with Cloud.com to help integrate its commercial hypervisor into the open source OpenStack project.
A new version of the free and open source learning management system ATutor has been released. Version 2.0.1 is primarily a maintenance update, although it does incorporate a number of functionality improvements as well.
Google wants to get middle and high school students interested in open source software, and the company is betting that a new "outreach contest" that includes cash prizes and a grand-prize trip to the Googleplex in California will appeal to budding programmers.
- By John K. Waters