Teaching Python programming resources

Python is a widely used general purpose programming language. It is a great first language for teaching purposes, and also a language that is in high demand in industry. Even better, it is free and open source, installed by default on most Linux and Mac OSX systems, and easily installed on Windows.

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Mininet SDN teaching tool

Mininet is a Linux-based network emulator which enables the creation of a realistic virtual network, running real kernel, switch and application code, on a single machine (VM, cloud or native), in seconds, with a single command. It is a great way to develop, share, prototype, research, teach and experiment with OpenFlow and Software-Defined Networking systems.

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eLearning tools and pedagogies

Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Moodle are all the rage these days in higher education course delivery. While an LMS almost certainly simplifies the day-to-day administrative tasks involved in higher education, it does not necessarily deliver better pedagogy or a better educational experience for students.

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Defragging the vocational education IT curriculum

Traditionally, vocational education and training (VET) has aimed to equip people with the skills required to perform specific tasks within specific job roles. In Australia’s TAFE system, these skill requirements are defined in consultation with industry to produce the competency based training packages that effectively define the training curriculum for teachers and students.

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Advanced open source networking resources

gearsIt is no secret that most corporate and industrial computing resources in the world today have now been migrated from physical infrastructure to a combination of public, private and hybrid cloud environments. A similar trend is now under way in the networking space, with network control logic shifting from proprietary hardware-based platforms to open source software-based platforms (SDN or Software Defined Networking).

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Open source tech education culture at Penn Manor

wowPenn Manor is a short film sponsored by Red Hat as part of the Open Source Stories series. The film tells the story of Penn Manor, a secondary school in the United States in which IT director Charlie Reisinger introduced open source software and culture as part of a 1:1 laptop program. Open source was integral to the program because Reisinger wanted students to become “engineers, inventors, and architects and not technology tourists”.

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