New Zealand Schools OER Portal/Curriculum/Gnu/Linux in the Social Sciences Curriculum Levels 1-4
How using Gnu/Linux software fits into the NZ Social Sciences curriculum
Possible learning objectives and activities
Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to:
- Understand how people have different roles and responsibilities as part of their participation in groups.
- That a Gnu/Linux user is part of a group that shares their ideas freely with others.
- Understand how people make choices to meet their needs and wants.
- Choosing Gnu/Linux is free to use and can be shared with others.
- In Africa where many people can't afford software it is provided by Freedom Toasters.
- Understand how time and change affect peoples’ lives.
- In the past pen and paper were used to communicate, then fax machines, now Gnu/Linux and Open software.
- Understand how people make significant contributions to New Zealand’s society.
- Gnu/Linux developers are people who share their ideas with others.
- Software Freedom day where Gnu/Linux computers and software are given away for free.
- Understand how groups make and implement rules and laws.
- Developers of Gnu/Linux software have freedom to release ideas for the common good of society with Creative Commons, GPL and Copyleft licenses.
- Users of Gnu/Linux are bound by the same rules of freedom.
- Understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources.
- Access to computer software should not be available all – including disabled and poor.
- Local distributions of Gnu/Linux can reflect a particular societies needs.
- By using Gnu/Linux software allows its users freedom.
- Understand how the ways in which leadership of groups is acquired and exercised have consequences for communities and societies.
- Studies of notary Gnu/Linux players - Richard Stallman, Linus Torvald, Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu Women.
- Understand how exploration and innovation create opportunities and challenges for people, places, and environments.
- Collaborative approaches, Open Licenses lead to world wide distributions of free software.
- Compare monopolies, corporates and the rise of capitalism with the Free Software movement.
- Understand how producers and consumers exercise their rights and meet their responsibilities.
- Government passes laws that protect consumer.
- Consumers have a greater choice when there is competition in the market place.
- User of Gnu/Linux can recycle computers that were destined for the dump.
- Understand how formal and informal groups make decisions that impact on communities.
Software Freedom Concepts
- The freedom to run the program, for any purpose
- The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour
- The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits
- Free software can save money
- Free software is easy to use
- Free software is environmental friendly - it supports both new and older computers