Hi, I am James Tremblay aka SLEducator,
Several years ago, I met a man who engaged my imagination as any great teacher does. He found my personal interest and exploited it. I was desperate to build a great network and have it cost as little as possible and he was of the same mindset. I learned from him of several "open source" tools that could do just that , he introduced me to k-12 ltsp, openoffice and Moodle. After that, I went on a quest to find as much information as I could about "free and open software" and it's effects on both budgets and a great curriculum. A few years ago that quest lead me to question Novell about supporting open source in academia and they blessed me by allowing me to establish the http://en.opensuse.org/Education project. With that my friends and I have collected over 100 titles specifically geared towards classroom teaching and education management. One of which is openSIS.
I have been a Novell CNE since 1993 and I have been installing networks in schools since 1994. I was hired by an IBM reseller to install a product called "SchoolVista", then in 1998, I was offered a position as network manager at a fairly large Boston area school district. Five years latter, I was offered the Director of Technology position near my home in Newmarket. It's funny how a man who said at graduation " I never want to step inside a High School again" would spend most of his adult life working and "teaching" in one.
My hope is that I can "make a difference" in the way schools manage and pay to manage student information as well as how they assess their own progress. Working with openSIS and openSUSE I think that I might just be able to do that.
I am currently working with several developers in an effort to use open source titles as a basis for an ERP for Education. We have created the openSIS student information system and are now moving towards full integration with Moodle and other open source solutions for education. It is our goal to raise the level of accuracy in student records and achievement assessment at a global level. Please join in by volunteering here and at, http://opensis.sourceforge.net