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Hurricane Education Leadership Project (HELP)

The Hurricane Education Leadership Project (HELP) needs for you to volunteer.

Sharing and giving are traits that beat in the hearts of all educators.

In times of difficult daily news, you help yourself to remain grounded in positive thoughts, attitudes and habits by giving and caring.

The Hurricane Education Leadership Project is one of those opportunities for giving and sharing.

Visit the Hurricane Education Leadership Program (HELP) site for more information.

Contact Melinda Dinin for more information about what you can do.

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Grassroots, Open Source Movement starts in Texas. Become a Member.

Help break the cycle of “Government Interference/ Big Business Involvement/ Never enough money for Students and Teachers/” Education Cycle

Link to Strategic Open Source for Texas Website

Here is what Open Source in Education Movement can do for your school district.

  • Save your school district money! Lots of money
  • Provide more technology while staying within your district's same budget
  • Stop the drain of your district funds because of purchasing expensive hardware and software.
    • when the hardware can be less expensive (but do more),
    • and when the software can be free

You're not from Texas. Join now, anyway.

Information can be free for the sharing. That's the way it should be...that's the way it always should have been.

Our Classroom Toolkit site is built upon that belief.

Classroom Toolkit gladly supports the Strategic Open Source for Texas Movement.

How does this Open Source movement help our schools?

What most teachers don't know is that big companies market to school districts, and...

  • The products are very expensive because the products have to support a big establishment and expensive marketing campaigns
  • The products often are marketed to district administrators, without much thought for what teachers need in their classrooms (Probably few if any teachers are consulted about the purchase)
  • When the district buys these expensive products, the district cannot afford other materials and supplies for classrooms
  • After these types of purchases, the district may not have funds left for teacher training
    • Then, either the teachers are forced to learn to use this hardware, this software or these materials on their own, or
    • Most likely, the products are under/ never used
  • Then, seeing that the last big purchase initiative didn't produce a return for the investment (or measurable student outcomes or benefits), the district's administrators start the cycle again by purchasing yet another expensive “albatross of a product.”

Now that you know how this cycle works. Choose to do something about it.

Check out the Strategic Open Source for Texas Website. Become a member. Keep informed about what progress this grassroots group is making.

Other links to Open Source for Education Sites and Blogs:

Refurbished Dell Optiplexes for Schools

Linux Thin Client Solutions

Free WebStation Software

Disaster & Shelter WebStation Software

Blog on Technology, Education, & Computer Reuse

Blog on Free and Open Source Software in Schools

A regional computer Recycling Effort in Texas

Link to our Open Source Hardware Page (for more information)