Open Source Offerings in Dearborn Schools

Here at Dearborn Schools we are utilizing open source software to provide first-class and cutting edge services for our staff and students.  Want to create a blog or podcast?  We can do it.  Need to share a video or create a wiki?  We can do it.  Want to hold a web conference?  We can now do it.  Everything from blogging to full online course creation is possible using our open source web solutions.

Here is an updated list of the software we are currently using:

  • Joomla
  • Moodle
  • PHPMotion
  • Mindtouch Wiki
  • BigBlueButton
  • WordPress MU + Buddypress

What is nice about all of these is that for the most part each one integrates nicely with LDAP logins making it easier for staff and students to use.  They don’t need to create a new login account for each website.  They simply use their district ID and password to gain access.  I really think teachers are only limited by their imagination and technical know-how in working online.  Our web services can accommodate just about any request.

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