Using SlideWiki for OpenCourseWare

Open source is about much more than free (as in beer and speech) software and hardware designs. It’s being harnessed to do things like bring free or affordable health care to undeveloped nations, and as the underpinning for free education.

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Collaborative teaching and learning can theoretically occur via a text wiki, but SlideWiki looks like it goes far beyond text wikis. This Google Hangout explains the rich feature set of SlideWiki, including machine translated versions of your digital presentations.

One of the key takeaways is that teachers can reuse content from SlideWiki, building about what other teachers and students have made. To stay in the loop on SlideWiki use and news, follow the SlideWiki account on Twitter.
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Original URL: http://fossforce.com/2017/04/using-slidewiki-opencourseware/

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Windows 10 users can now download videos from Netflix for offline viewing

Streaming services like Netflix are proving increasingly popular as fans of television and movies cut the cord and look for on-demand options that better suit their needs. Having previously made it possible for iOS and Android users to download content for offline viewing — complete with optimized codecs — Netflix is now doing the same for Windows 10 users. The idea is pretty simple. Netflix acknowledges the fact that subscribers may well want to be able to access their favorite shows when they do not have an Internet connection, and is therefore providing the perfect solution: Download & Go. The… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2017/04/03/windows-10-netflix-offline-viewing/

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An Introduction to Open Data Kit

With just a little imagination, you could easily make yourself a pretty cool mobile app using Open Data Kit.

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Open Data Kit is a free and open source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. The flexibility that open source offers means that the use cases for these tools are very broad. Check this introductory video about ODK tools which explains a rural medicine use case.

As an educator, I can’t help but visualize a very fun scavenger hunt where students use clues from one location to reach the next location of clues — and then take photos of milestones along the way. The mischievous elf inside of me suggests that some of the photos for this scavenger hunt be a challenge to take. A challenge, but not a dangerous challenge.
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Original URL: http://fossforce.com/2017/02/introduction-open-data-kit/

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What’s New in LibreOffice 5.3

Open source’s premiere office suite keeps getting better with each new release. Here’s a look at some of the new features in LibreOffice 5.3.

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LibreOffice, an already very strong free office suite, keeps getting better and better. See an overview of the new features in LibreOffice 5.3 in this video.

At the public library where I work, whenever someone shows me their new laptop, I offer to download and install LibreOffice. I explain, “You could also buy Microsoft Office, if you have no better use of your money. But you should first try this out and see if it meets all your needs. Come and ask me any questions you have about the software, too. We offer LibreOffice here on our public computers because the library is confident it will meet people’s needs.”
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Fabric8: An Open Source Microservices Platform

Microservices are the wave of the future for Internet technology, partly because they can be tucked out of the way on the “edges” of the public network. Managing microservices is key to their use.

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This conference presentation by James Strachan at Devoxx 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium, does a nice job explaining how to create microservices on Fabric8. Strachan is well-known in the open source world as the creator of Apache Camel and Apache Groovy.

The main point I get from this video is that Fabric8 takes the pain out of cloud development. It just works. No wasted time configuring or troubleshooting web services.
If you’re interested in this topic, others involved with Fabric8 include Claus Ibsen and Roland Hub.
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Original URL: http://fossforce.com/2016/12/fabric8-open-source-microservices/

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Make Raspberry Pi Portable With 5-inch Touch Screen

You can be your own Geordi La Forge and build yourself a fully capable GNU/Linux pocket computer with this uber inexpensive five-inch touch screen and a Raspberry Pi.

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A Raspberry Pi enthusiast in Thailand shares this video showing how you can take your Raspberry Pi on the road with a $28 five-inch HDMI touch screen available from AliExpresss.

The touch-screen capabilities of this cute device bring to mind HyperCard-like interactive stacks that youth and adults could create using the free, open source Community Edition of LiveCode. Imagine students showing their parents or guardians interactive presentations — including text, graphics, and video — from branching “cards” that the student themselves had made.
This cute little screen makes it feasible for a school to send such a presentation home with a student. For those of you too young to have witnessed it, HyperCard — which shipped free with every Mac between 1987


Original URL: http://fossforce.com/2016/12/make-raspberry-pi-portable-touch-screen/

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Open Source Explained in Less Than Three Minutes

Free Code Camp is an organization that teaches people to code. As part of this free training, student coders produce free code needed by nonprofit organizations. Free Code Camp doesn’t accept donations, but you can support them by buying t-shirts, hoodies and audiobooks through their store.

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Anthony McDonald, part of Free Code Camp in Phoenix, Arizona, does a nice job of explaining open source in this short video.

If you’re an open source believer, get involved in explaining it on YouTube. If you’re camera shy, that’s fine — just make sure you’re actively supporting the people who are not camera shy. Leave a supportive short comment, subscribe to their channel, tell others about their channel, etc.
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Original URL: http://fossforce.com/2016/10/open-source-explained-three-minutes/

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Roku Unveils All New 4K, HDR-Compatible Streaming Set-Top Boxes

If you’re shopping for a TV today, a 4K model should be on your list
, preferably one that supports HDR
—and today Roku unveiled two new set-top boxes that stream both 4K and HDR video right to your set, proving the point. Read more…


Original URL: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/lifehacker/full/~3/4plV0C_Pk5k/roku-unveils-new-4k-hdr-compatible-streaming-boxes-1787083783

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John Weathersby: Selling Open Source to the Federal Government

It’s a no-brainer to us that free and open source should be the default for governments, because governments should be…well, open. With the Open Technology Center, John Weathersby is working to help bring open source to national defense and security.

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John Weathersby founded and ran the Open Source Software Institute to “promote the development and implementation of open source software solutions within U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies.” A worthy goal!
But why stick to nothing but software? In 2014, Weathersby founded The Open Technology Center at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (in Mississippi), which is a “non-profit research and development entity sponsored by the Mississippi National Guard and U.S. Department of Homeland Security whose mission is to innovate and integrate open source software technologies for use within national defense and security organizations.”
The OTC is doing some neat stuff, ranging from autonomous vehicles to making it


Original URL: http://fossforce.com/2016/09/john-weathersby-selling-open-source-federal-government/

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