The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) offers a new Web site-- http://www.k12opentech.org/ --designed to raise awareness among K-12 education technology decision makers about the use of open technologies.
The site provides information on the benefits of open technologies in the K-12 environment and supports leadership with articles such as "Five Questions You Should Ask Before Adopting Open Technologies."
"Open technologies" include open source software, open standards and hardware--everything from operating systems and applications to interoperability standards that allow software systems to exchange data.
These technologies are publicly available with fewer licensing restrictions than traditional proprietary sources. As a result, educators can download server and desktop programs, databases, text, photos, lessons plans and other resources at low or no cost.
The new CoSN Web site explores the potential benefits of open technologies, including cost savings, data integrity and interoperability, flexibility, stability, increased access to information and greater student collaboration. The site provides articles, FAQs, news and extensive resource links to assist school technologists.
In September, the Open Technologies Leadership Initiative will release the first in a series of Open Technologies Implementation Studies to help educators understand the issues around implementing these technologies in a K-12 environment.
CoSN, 866/267-8747 or http://www.cosn.org/.