How open source in education creates new developers

How open source in education creates new developers

Education is not a zero-sum game. Worldwide, members of the education community work together to share ideas, build professional learning networks, and create new learning models.

This collaboration is where there's an amazing synergy between open source software and education. It's already evident in the many open source projects used in schools worldwide; in classrooms, running blogs, sharing resources, hosting servers, and empowering collaboration.

Not every school may have the capacity to contribute code or hire developers, but with a larger community of people working together, extraordinary things are happening.

There are a lot of amazing educators out there re-thinking the learning models used in schools. They're looking for ways to provide students with agency, spark their curiosity, connect their learning to the real world, and foster mindsets that will help them navigate our rapidly changing world.

The software used in schools needs to be able to adapt and change at the same pace. No one knows for certain what education will look like in the future, but there are some great ideas for what directions it's going in. To keep moving forward, educators need to be able to experiment at the same level that learning is happening; to try, to fail, and to iterate on different approaches right in their classrooms.

Beyond the possibilities open source offers to schools as a whole, it also can also offer individual students a profound opportunity to explore the technology that's part of our everyday lives. Schools embracing an open source mindset would do so not just to cut costs or create new tools for learning, but also to give their students the same freedoms to be a part of this evolving landscape of education and technology.


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