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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: [IDEA] "Back to School with AOO" blog post
Date Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:04:30 GMT
On Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 7:36 AM, sebb <> wrote:
> On 22 August 2013 18:54, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>>> It is that time of year now:  back to school.
>>> I wonder if this could make a good blog post.   Of course, AOO being
>>> free is core part of the story.  But even better would be if we had a
>>> "top 10" list of ways in which AOO is great for school.
>>> Maybe specific templates or extensions that are especially useful for school?
>>> Good for students as well as for teachers?
>>> Any special tips or techniques about using AOO for school work?
>>> If we can come up with 10 nice ideas, I can write it up in a blog post.
>>> Pleas share any ideas you might have.
>> Here is a draft blog post, using a number of the ideas suggested in this thread:
> Minor nits:
> s/multiple computer./multiple computers./
> "You can use OpenOffice perpetually," - that does not read well to me.
> Perpetually means ceaselessly/continuously to me - which is not
> something we should encourage! (kids also need to get out and about)

"Perpetual" is a licensing term, perhaps a term not familiar to the
average blog reader.   When you have a perpetual license it never
expires.     I've rephrased it along your suggestion.

> Perhaps put something like:
> "You can use OpenOffice, with no subscription fees - ever. "
> Although the picture is fun, it is obviously US and white (and not recent).
> I'm not sure it gives the correct message for a multilingual modern appliction.

Our main concern has been to use freely available images, generally
public domain ones.   We've been finding them on Flickr Commons, which
generally contains public domain works from various government

They are not all U.S. images.  We've used good ones from Australia,
Norway, Ireland, etc., in the past.  But are predominately older, B&W

Feel free to look around those available images.  If you find
something more appropriate we use it.  In theory we could use some
forms of CC images as well, but so far we tried to limit ourselves to
images that were permissively licensed.

Something I'd like to organize, at some point, is a photo contest,
where we can invite contributions of photographs of individuals and
groups using AOO.  Or maybe at a conference we can even shoot our own
stock photos to give us a more modern set of images to work with.  But
I would like to avoid the cliche corporate stock photo of two people
in business suits looking at a laptop, one sitting and one standing



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