I’m thrilled to be representing Penn Manor at the 2012 Central PA Open Source Conference at Harrisburg University on Saturday, October 27th. My session is titled: “Rock the Schoolhouse with Open Source” and will cover Penn Manor’s exploration of high-quality, affordable classroom technology. Along with our custom Ubuntu student laptop initiative, I’ll discuss how Android and the Nexus 7 tablet may be an integral part of our future mobile classroom projects. Conference details are available online at: http://cposc.org/. PM High School students take note: This is a great opportunity to learn from regional experts in programming, system administration and open source development.
Penn Manor technology staff have been busy with a huge summer upgrade for elementary schools. To support our goal of increased student access to technology, each classroom in grades one through six will be receiving 6 new Lenovo x130e laptops. Both middle schools and the high school will receive additional student laptops as well. Over the past 12 months, the district has deployed over 1600 Linux powered laptops running our customized Ubuntu system. The shift to high-quality, low-cost laptops and open source software continues to save considerable money while significantly improving our student to computer ratio. Click on the image below for a panoramic view of the laptop setup process in action.