Rooting for the Kids | LAS 340

Rooting for the Kids | LAS 340

Charlie Reisinger the pioneer of an extremely forward looking program to give every student a Linux laptop joins us. Find out how they integrate the students into the IT program, why they give their students root access & much more. It’s a truly inspiring story of how Linux can make a difference in education.

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Charlie Reisinger


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  • Many large Commercial software vendors are transitioning to a subscription model. Does this create an even great lockin for schools?

  • One-to-One programs are very expensive, and the argument I’ve always heard was: Must use Windows, must use Office. Have get the kids ready for the “real world” that uses those tools. Is there a sound argument to that “concern”?

  • Linux and open source give students the ability to go very deep into how the computer works, if they are motivated and want to embrace their inquisitive nature. How far down the rabbit hole are your young Linux users permitted to go? How much can they explore?

  • Can you tell us how the Fast Linux Deployment Toolkit was created, and what it does?

  • What are some of the most useful open source software and tools you, or the students use?

  • What is the biggest road block others should expect?

Charlie Reisinger of Penn Manor gives talk at All Things Open 2014 |

Charlie Reisinger from the Penn Manor School District talked to us next about open source at his school. This talk was an expanded version of his lightning talk from the previous night.

Penn Manor has nine IT team members which is a very lean staff for 4500 devices. They also do a lot of their technology in house. But, before we talk about open source, Charlie took a tangent into the nature of education today. He says that school districts are so stuck on the model they’re using and have used for centuries, but today kids can learn anything they would like with a simple connection to the Internet. You can be connected to the most brilliant minds that you’d like, so teachers are no longer the fountains of all knowledge. A glaring gap in this evolution is that the classroom hasn’t been transformed by technology; if you walked into a classroom 60 years ago, it would look pretty much like a classroom today.

Enabling students in a digital age: Charlie Reisinger at TEDxLancaster – YouTube

Charlie Reisinger, an innovative IT Director for Penn Manor school district in Lancaster County, shows how to provide affordable, new digital technologies to high school students. The answer is not only a cost-effective way to improve the quality of education, it is opening students’ minds.

1:1 Laptop Program | PM Technology Blog

During the 2012-2013 school year, a committee comprised of faculty, administrators and a school board liaison worked to evaluate the viability of a district 1:1 computing program. After several months of internal discussion and public board presentations, a recommendation to proceed with a 1:1 laptop program at Penn Manor High School was unanimously approved at the April 1, 2013 school board meeting. The recommendation called for the program to commence with a pilot during the Fall of 2013. The full building implementation began in January 2014. At that time, each full-time high school student was provided with a personal laptop computer for use throughout the school day and at home.

Parents: We encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document: 1to1ParentFAQ.pdf.

Penn Manor School District · GitHub


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