Within five years, [Plano Independent School District Technology Director Jim] Hirsch predicts, not a single desktop in this 52,000-student school system in metropolitan Dallas will carry the image of a proprietary school software program. Gone will be the familiar Microsoft applications and desktop icons that over the years have become synonymous with document creation. In their place will be a suite of lesser-known, but equally capable alternatives--or, what Hirsch likes to call "open technologies."
This all ties into another project I have for early this year, which is to develop a promotional system of low-priced educationally priced site licenses for my workbooks. I want to make it as easy as possible for schools to adopt OpenOffice.org. I'll blog here when I have the details worked out.
Let's make 2007 a year of open source in education! If you haven't looked at tools like OpenOffice.org or Moodle yet, give'em a try or talk to someone who knows about them. If you've tried them and like them, talk to your administration about doing a pilot project. And if you get resistance, read this post. ;>