About the Open Source Teacher

Laptop Motherboard
Dusty motherboard from my laptop, just before I cleaned all of the compoennts and entered the world of Open Source

Let’s keep this first post quick, a foot in the door and an introduction. The past year has been somewhat tumultuous and that was before even the dramatic events of the global pandemic; I took a gamble with my career and it didn’t pay off, yet. Most people support the notion that the path to success is paved with failures; they lead us to learning key lessons and provided that we take something from each, we will make it there, some-when somehow.

It’s not easy that’s for sure and the more you have in life, the greater the risks you face when you try to put yourself out there and try something new. This particularly project though is a personal one, an experiment if you please and a way to find a way to become part of the conversations that take place around certain subjects: Open Education, Technologically Enhanced Education and Open Source. I have always had an interest, but just never found the time to actually roll my sleeves up and get stuck in, until this year, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I decided to try and breathe life into my older tech for the kids, so they could work on Classrooms and I could then get back on my computer and secondly, teaching from home has meant finding ways to ensure all students can achieve the work set (lots of practical activities).

Underlying all this is the notion that a truly just world is a world where anyone can access our collective knowledge. I am particularly interested in exploring developments and impacts of Open Education, Open Research and Open Source software.

So my journey of discover is taking in a wide-spectrum of open source, from operating systems and software, to open research and publishing and beyond; I am sure there’s plenty I have yet to discover, but this year I have decided to embrace the initial research undertaken and become The Open Source Teacher.