December 20, 2004

Solving Problems with Open Source Solutions

"Each problem that I solved," wrote Rene Descartes, "became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems." Finding and adapting solutions to specific problems is an exciting job. In educational technology, this is particularly true since we have access to so many solutions that can be adapted for use in educational settings. While I have always appreciated the value of free, easily adaptable solutions, one of my team members, Greg Rodriguez (, helped me appreciate it even more on a district-wide scale. Imagine the power of Blackboard or WebCT at your fingertips, but at no cost. Imagine a content management system that enables district level staff--and campus, too--to share documents securely through passworded levels of access, as well as update them without knowing how to create web pages. Imagine online helpdesks, frequently asked question (FAQ) repositories, and more--all management systems available to you and your District at no charge.


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