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Resources for the Budget-Conscious Media Specialist in the Age of Austerity
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About us | Raspberry Pi

The idea behind a tiny and cheap computer for kids came in 2006, when Eben Upton and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory, including Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft, became concerned about the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skills levels of the A Level students applying to read Computer Science in each academic year. From a situation in the 1990s where most of the kids applying were coming to interview as experienced hobbyist programmers, the landscape in the 2000s was very different; a typical applicant might only have done a little web design.

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Brace Yourself: SLJ’s school library spending survey shows the hard times aren’t over, and better advocacy is needed

Brace Yourself: SLJ’s school library spending survey shows the hard times aren’t over, and better advocacy is needed | The Cheapskate Librarian | Scoop.it
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Library Grants and Literacy Grants – Free Resources for K-12 School Libraries

Library Grants and Literacy Grants – Free Resources for K-12 School Libraries | The Cheapskate Librarian | Scoop.it
Grant Wrangler lists grants for school libraries, literacy grants for schools, and reading grants for K-12 teachers and schools.
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Top Free in Education - Android Apps on Google Play

Top Free in Education - Android Apps on Google Play | The Cheapskate Librarian | Scoop.it
Shop Google Play on the web. Purchase and enjoy instantly on your Android phone or tablet without the hassle of syncing.
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SchoolForge

A directory of free educational software for kids. Educational games, student information systems, learning management and course management.

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Tightwad Tech

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"A podcast by and for those in the education field who face ever-growing demands and ever-shrinking budgets. Hosts Mark Cockrell and Shawn Kibel discuss the strategic implementation of free and open source software as well as the creative deployment of hardware."

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10 Steps to an Affordable Educational Technology Plan

Affordable educational technology needs to first be effective and therefore requires a clear educational vision that addresses the needs of 21st century learner
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What Open Source Hardware can Learn from Software

What Open Source Hardware can Learn from Software | The Cheapskate Librarian | Scoop.it

Open source software is out of a decade of huge successes. When I think back to what was the open source software around 2000 (Linux and a handful of promising projects) and I think what we have today (a set of best in class products that essentially run the Internet) then I think it is natural to dwell of those that were the key choices – consciously or not – to this successful decade.


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The Best Free Software of 2012

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It's the fifth year of PCMag's look at the best stuff you don't have to pay for, and it's our biggest list of great free software yet.
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Johnny Chung Lee - Projects - Wii

Since the Wiimote can track sources of infrared (IR) light, you can track pens that have an IR led in the tip. By pointing a wiimote at a projection screen or LCD display, you can create very low-cost interactive whiteboards or tablet displays. Since the Wiimote can track upto 4 points, up to 4 pens can be used. It also works great with rear-projected displays.

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How to be a frugal librarian | American Libraries Magazine

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American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.
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Building the Digital Public Library of America

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The Digital Public Library of America will launch on April 18 after two and a half years of careful planning and preparation. The project known as DPLA is the first national effort that seeks to aggregate existing records in state and regional digital libraries so that they are searchable from a single portal. Up until now, the documents that tell the story of our nation’s history and cultural heritage have largely been siloed in state and local libraries, museums, and archives. Some institutions have the ability to digitize those valuable materials and put them online, but strained budgets mean that most do not.

 

The project’s funding will also allow it to work with local communities to digitize their cultural-heritage—preserving them for the future and bringing them online as part of our first national digital library.

 

DPLA will bring together access to a diverse host of materials that were once stored on a patchwork of different websites, or not online at all, including newspapers, photographs, letters, newsreels, oral histories, manuscripts, books and public records. This could be a game changer for academic researchers and historians, who will be able to see more apparent connections between various local histories, perhaps for the first time. Students, teachers and amateur historians will be able to peruse DPLA’s rich exhibits and learn about their own history and genealogy. And local communities will see their history preserved rather than lost to the deterioration of time.

 

The first step toward what will become the Digital Public Library of America emerged from an October 2010 meeting at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The project has been able to develop quickly in part it will provide linkages to existing content, not build a new collection. Emily Gore, DPLA’s director of content, explains that it is "really building off of existing infrastructure to get this thing going."

 

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Could Open Source Software Be Put Into The Public Domain Instead? | Techdirt

Could Open Source Software Be Put Into The Public Domain Instead? | Techdirt | The Cheapskate Librarian | Scoop.it

There are dozens of free software and open source licences -- many would argue rather too many. Different licenses impose different conditions. For example, the best-known and most widely-used is the GNU General Public License, which is designed to ensure that anyone building on GPL'd software and distributing it should make the modified program available under the same license. Others, such as the BSD license simply require the copyright and license notices to be included with any code that is used.

 

Open source licenses are often described as the "constitutions" for the communities that form around the software they govern. That would seem to imply that in their absence, alongside other unwanted consequences, the communities would collapse. A provocative paper by Clark Asay, Assistant Professor at Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, suggests that this isn't the case, and that software could be released into the public domain and yet still thrive as a collaborative project.

 

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