I’ve been involved in one way or another with open source software since 1995. It is the sleeping giant in most school systems and that’s only because of the relative ignorance that most folks have about it. I had the privilege of attending ISTE 2012 in Philadelphia, PA and the very last presentation I listened to was by Steve Hargadon. In that presentation, Steve claimed that we could actually provide K-12 students with entry level skills if we could teach them MySQL, PHP and Apache. I tried to move in that direction this year and what really has held me up is my own unfamiliarity with project based learning. I have a lot of open source skills that I could teach students, but what would the project look like and how could I carry it off.
Today’s article taken from OpenSource.com speaks more to individual open source skills and how they could be a spring board to career advancement. I’ve seen that first hand this year. A classified advertisement from a regional information center stipulated Linux skills and certification. I have a completed the initial stages of LPI (Linux Professional Institute) certification and I’ve had Red Hat Linux System Administration training along with the Linux Boot Camp. If suggest if you’re out of work or looking to change careers that you take seriously the quote below and develop some open source expertise by getting involved in an open source project.
Posted from Diigo.