FOSS for Teachers presentation tomorrow. It is the second in the “road show” series of presentations for MOSSSIG which is a special interest group of the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators, Inc.

Southeastern Massachusetts SIG (SEMSIG)
March 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM
H.A. Yelle Elementary School, 64 W. Main Street, Norton, MA

Host: Lynn Wiegel, contact if you plan to attend [lwiegel AT NOSPAM] (translate the address, humans!)

From North:
Take 95 South to 495 South. Take exit 12 onto Rt. 140 Norton. Follow 140 to the lights at Rt. 123. Take a right onto Rt. 123. The H.A. Yelle Elementary School is on the left. Park in the circle in front of the building and enter via the front door.

From South:
Take 95 Norton to 495 South. Take exit 12 onto Rt. 140 Norton. Follow 140 to the lights at Rt. 123. Take a right onto Rt. 123. The H.A. Yelle Elementary School is on the left. Park in the circle in front of the building and enter via the front door.

Hope I’ll see you there!


Tuesday afternoon, January 13, 2009 at 4:00 the Technology Integration in Education SIG will have a meeting at the Burlington Public Library, 22 Sears Street, Burlington.

The topic is open source software in subject areas. I (Algot Runeman) will be at the meeting to provide whatever support I can. There will be free Ubuntu 8.10 CDs, Open Disk Project’s Education disk (Windows), and more.

If you are in the area, I bet everyone would be glad to see you there, too. I know I would be ecstatic.

Look here for a post about the meeting with a list of any software we discuss.

What a wonderful, energetic, enthusiastic crowd attended the MassCUE conference this year. At times it was really hectic at the CUE Central booth where MOSSSIG shared the booth with the Door Prize Drawings. Thanks to the many volunteers who took part in planning, organizing and executing the conference this year. Many people had glowing comments to make about it.

Bumper Sticker for Open Source Software

Bumper Sticker for Open Source Software

MOSSSIG gave away bumper stickers, Ubuntu 8.10 CDs, and attracted a crowd. 25 people took the time to leave their names and email contact information. I have sent out a confirmation email to each of them, and look forward to keeping in touch, especially to answer individual questions you left on the sign-up sheet. NOTE! If your email didn’t get to you, leave a comment here, or send me an email to correct my transcription of your information.

If you didn’t get a bumper sticker, I have extras. Send me an email.

Remember, if you leave a comment, it makes the blog much richer for others who visit. If you share what you know, you are taking an active role in the open source movement, and if you leave a question to be answered, it will make the blog a better place, too. Always remember the teaching adage, “If you don’t ask a question, you won’t get an answer.”

I look forward to keeping in touch with you in the coming days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries (we all expect to live forever, don’t we?)

Special thanks to Martin Owens of the Massachusetts Ubuntu Team for providing the Ubuntu CDs and other support materials.


MOSSSIG is part of the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE). To be exact, it is a special interest group (SIG). MOSSSIG is about moving your mind, getting you to think about open source software, open education and open culture.

The annual conference of MassCUE is a great opportunity to meet and share your enthusiasm for technology in education. MassCUE is in its 26th year of providing information, opportunities for professional growth, and above all sharing.

If you get the opportunity to be at the conference, I hope you will stop to say hello. Algot Runeman will be splitting time between the CUE Central booth and the joyful task of promoting open source and MOSSSIG.

On line registration is over this close to the event, BUT you can register as a walk-in at the conference. Hope I’ll see you there.



You are cordially invited to FOSS FESTa public event focusing on Free & Open Source Software in K-12 education. With our co-sponsor and host, Saint Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School, we are planning an informative program filled with Open Source goodness. We are inviting teachers, IT staff, and administrators from the greater Boston area to come and see for themselves how FOSS can meet many or all of their educational computing needs. Visitors will be able to “test drive” Ubuntu, Open Office, Tux Paint, and other Open Source programs, and to learn from local experts how to introduce and support FOSS into their own schools.

The schedule for FOSS FEST will be as follows:

4:00 p.m. Doors open. Visitors are invited to “test drive” Ubuntu Linux, Open Office, Tux Paint, and other FOSS products in our computer lab. Local FOSS experts & educators available for informal discussion
4:30 Introduction to FOSS – Michael Selva (St Stephen’s)  

Keynote Address – Warren Luebkeman (RESARA)

5:15 Question & Answer session, followed by product demonstrations, informal discussion, and a chance to browse the literature table
6:00 Conclusion

Our Keynote presenter is Warren Luebkeman of RESARA, an open-source solution provider from Keene, NH. He will be describing his company’s experience with implementing FOSS solutions in schools.

St. Stephen’s is located in Watertown, 2 blocks from Mount Auburn Street & close to the Cambridge/Watertown line. It is accessible by public transit using #71 MBTA bus running between Harvard Square and Watertown Center. Ample parking is available on the street and in a private parking lot on Nichols Avenue. Here is a link to a detailed map.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP via email to, or by telephone at 617-605-7429.

Here is a link to the official full-color poster for FOSS FEST. 

Please download the PDF file to your computer, print several copies, and post them on the bulletin board at your school. We also encourage you to email it to your colleagues, and to post it on education-related listservers to which you subscribe.

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.

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