MOSSS stands for “Moving to Open Source Software.”  It  is a Special Interest Group (SIG) within MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators). Our mission is to promote the use of Open Source Software in schools. We do this by

  • Organizing Technology Open House events so that teachers and IT staff can test-drive typical OSS applications in an actual school setting 
  • Making this blog available to anyone who wants to write about Open Source tools for education 
  • Running a List Serve so that users of Open Source tools can pose technical questions and find answers from colleagues in other parts of the state 
  • Organizing software development projects to refine existing tools and create new ones. 

Although we will occasionally hold face-to-face gatherings, most of our activities will take place on-line. This will allow maximum participation from educators and other interest parties from across the entire Commonwealth.To sign up as a Charter Member of MOSS, please click on the Comment link at the bottom of this article. When the Comment box appears, answer the following questions:

  1. What Open Source applications are you currently using (e.g., Open Office, Tux Paint, Tux Typing, GIMP)? 
  2. What Open Source operating systems are you currently using (e.g., Ubuntu or any other Linux distribution) ? 
  3. What Open Source tools are you considering for future use? 
  4. What is your job function (e.g., Teacher, Tech Specialist, IT staff, Adminitrator, Parent, Student, Community Volunteer)? 
  5. Describe any projects or functions that you might be interested in organizing for MOSS (e.g., writing articles for the Blog, organizing events, answering questions on the list server)? 

When you have finished writing your comment, be sure to enter your name and email address in the appropriate boxes, and then click the “SUBMIT” button.