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Re: [DotGNU]OT: File formats schools

From: James Michael DuPont
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]OT: File formats schools
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 23:43:29 -0800 (PST)

I have been in contact with Les from 

I would love to help organize a local Student chapter,
and one in NJ were i am doing my distance learning.

There are some great possibilities for dotgnu and schoolforge to work

> We also should start some type of weekly meeting
> on 
> Freenode to discuss plans between all chapters(a name for each
> localized 
> grouP?) 
Yes, let us do that. I think the looks very promising,
maybe they would like to take part :
We need a plan for a real worldwide organization.
Lets setup a chat-a-thon in one month, and invite everyone to come in!


--- minddog <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Wednesday 29 January 2003 02:25, James Michael DuPont wrote:
> > I have gotten my first installment of a e-learning package from my
> > university, in Power Point format. I requested that they provide me
> the
> > files in Standard HTML and PNG format or PDF.
> All if most of my class's presentations are stored in powerpoint on
> each 
> teacher's class website.  It's required to have powerpoint to print
> them out, 
> and it costs money to print at our school.
> > It turns out that my school is sponsored by Microsoft, and they
> have
> > these funky student licenses the "give" the students Office for $10
> and
> > require the school to monitor their usage, prevent them from using
> the
> > software commercially, and delete it when they are done with
> school.
> I figure mine isn't, but I've already seen amounts of donated
> licenses to the 
> school.  I can check out a copy of .net ide to use for educational
> purposes 
> only.  This a quite a nasty tactic for them to pull off, when
> institutions 
> already have problems with funding.  
> > After many letters to the directors and professors of the school I
> > agreed to start converting the materials for them into standard
> format.
> It took only one email to a CSE professor, but I was in luck because
> the 
> teacher seemed well rounded and very okay with the idea at first.  
> > Also they are pushing .NET at that school, and would be a great
> place
> > for DOT.GNU.
> They are pushing it here, and I am in the windows interest group here
> pushing 
> dotgnu solo.  I'd like to have an organization like this to push a
> software 
> platform like dotgnu into the students hands.
> > My question is to you, have you had similar problems? Are you
> > interested in creating a Student group that is active in promoting
> free
> > software in  schools and distance learning?
> Very much, I'm interested in a full organization inside my university
> to 
> control, monitor, and defend the students rights of free software in
> the 
> classroom and outside.  I guess we should start gathering interested
> folks in 
> our immediate areas and those who work on GNU projects.  Students, 
> professors, and non-educational people can all be involved.  Who's to
> say we 
> should bar anyone.  We also should start some type of weekly meeting
> on 
> Freenode to discuss plans between all chapters(a name for each
> localized 
> grouP?) .  Good luck to all, let's start revolutionizing software in
> the 
> classroom for the benefit of freedom for us.
> regards,
> -- 
> --minddog( Adam Ballai )

James Michael DuPont

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