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Hi, I am James Tremblay aka SLEducator,

Several years ago, I met a teacher 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 project. With that my friends and I have collected over 100 titles specifically geared towards classroom teaching and education management.

I have been a Novell CNE since 1994 and I have been installing networks in schools since 1996. 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, NH. 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 openSUSE I think that I might just be able to do that.

The Community here at openSuSE has delivered a wonderful set of tools for education highlighted by the "Linux is for Education" distribution and repository. I invite all educators and parents interested in computer based eduction to take a look at this wonderful offering.