With the November elections right around the corner, education reform is a hot topic these days, thanks to a flood of reports indicating that the U.S. has fallen behind its peers on a number of educational fronts — from enrollment and high school graduation rates to achievement and teacher salaries.
In his March 2006 column in the Communications of the ACM, ACM President David Patterson urged Computer Science (CS) educators to “Join the open source movement.” Despite the widespread use of the open source development model in the software industry, Patterson observed that “most schools still teach ‘write programs from a blank piece of paper’ [...]
Mark Guzdial, respected professor and Vice Chair of the ACM Education Board, has expressed some concerns about the impact that open source is having on computing education. Are these concerns legitimate?He starts from an awfully dramatic position: "At a time when we are trying to broaden participat ...
Tuesday was [Ada Lovelace] day and to recognize it SparkFun posted an article about women in their workforce and the STEM initiative. [Ada Lovelace] is credited with forging a path for women in mathematics and computing.
This article is part of an interview series highlighting the speakers of the upcoming All Things Open 2013 conference in Raleigh, NCJason Hibbets wears many hats. One is redhe's a project manager for the open source leader, Red Hat. And, the rest are for newly defined roles in open sourceincluding local government open source advocate and contributor.
Open source or software freedom isn’t simply another way of procuring software, it’s more a state of mind, a particular attitude to technology. Of course, you can just treat it as a cheap way of getting high quality, robust code, and there’s certainly no requirement to grow a beard, wear sandals or drink real ale [...]