Magazine article Technology & Learning

March of the Penguins

Magazine article Technology & Learning

March of the Penguins

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When Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds, "the father of Linux," was playing with the idea of a mascot for his open source code, he came up with a penguin. His reasoning: " ... using something like a penguin gives people the chance to make modifications that are still recognizable." Thus, the Linux symbol Tux was born.

And like his real-life counterparts, the chubby Tux is not considered an especially noble or threatening beast. In fact, he might be considered the antihero, a metaphor that could be played out when you think of the huge software companies he's competing against. On page 16, "Linux Makes the Grade," author and T & L managing editor Melissa Houston details why and how Linux is suddenly sweeping the nation, is finding a comfortable home in schools, and is an alternative you'll want to consider.

This month we also take a look at some other swiftly growing trends. In "Virtual Learning 2.0," page 26, Sara Armstrong gets us up to speed on how the read/write Web is enabling a whole new kind of participatory instructional environment, and how that is driving 2lst-century approaches to professional development. …

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