[FLOSS-Desktops] Online Conference: Free computers for STEM students

Clark, Lindsay le03clar at siena.edu
Fri Aug 4 19:38:06 UTC 2017

Hi, I just wanted to share with you an event we’re hosting: a free online
conference about a new (free) program that supports STEM education by
refurbishing decommissioned computers with open source software.  We hope
you can join us, details below.

Quick overview:

What: Introduction to the FLOSS Desktops for Kids program and how to

When: August 18, 10:00 am  - 1:00pm EDT

Where: Jit.si video conferencing (join here: http://jit.si/flossdesktops)

Presenters (sound like you?):


   K12 teachers: starting up and running the program

   School IT staff: finding and implementing technologies

   School administrators: district buy-in and academic value

   Volunteers: starting a club on campus

   ...and others.

Schedule and event info: http://bit.ly/2vmqPpV

QUESTIONS, contact Lindsay Clark (le03clar at siena.edu), or Nick Carpinello (
n26carp at siena.edu)

About FLOSS Desktops for Kids...

The FLOSS (Free/libre Open Source Software) Desktops for Kids program
teaches students to rebuild desktop hardware and software--learning about
computers and computing by doing. Once completed, students take their
computers home… "for keeps."

How FLOSS Desktops for Kids works...


   Fourteen-week curriculum developed by teachers

   Recommendations for teachers, districts and administrators to find and
   access resources, (i.e. computer hardware and software, working space,

   A growing community of practice which can offer advice and support.

Benefits of FLOSS Desktops for Kids


   Shifts learner engagement from users or even consumers of technology, to
   creators of technology.

   Hands-on, self-paced projects provide genuine learning experiences for

   Offers access to computing and the Internet to underserved populations

   Aligns with International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

   Low cost…even no-cost!

Interested? Save the date (August 18th) and spread the word!

SHARE THE NEWS: Attached you’ll find a pdf of the program, please feel free
to share this email and the attachment with any colleagues you feel might
be interested.
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