What is Open Hardware?


Open hardware is a category of devices, often very small and inexpensive, that are licensed so that users are able to use, copy, and adapt them however they want. The hardware design, along with any driving software, are typically all released as an open-source package. Although open hardware is not as well known as open software, there are several promising open hardware projects (e.g., Arduino, FreeRunner), in which users share information about how to build their own boards with the possibility of adapting or modifying them to specific user needs. The wide availability of small, low cost sensors such as accelerometers; GPS; pressure, temperature, and humidity sensors; cameras in a variety of spectrums; and even more, makes open hardware a very promising and inexpensive way to both innovate and teach concepts with real-world applications.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Scalable open Source Virtual Servers
    This is not a huge thing but it will lower cost for online services and content. Setting up a server is also very fast and flexible. Being able to work with virtual servers and open source software will let schools adapt services directly to their needs as opposed to adapting school to some rigid system. Again usability in a sense. - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 4, 2014 Open Source Software As above but software related. Cost is always an issue for schools so there's a big potential in open source software. There will be added development cost if you want to adapt things but we can make this work on school level, not just system level. - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 4, 2014 Open Metadata for Education - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014 Having national standards for metadata of learning objects and specific processes in education provides for the integration and building of digital services and tools that can communicate with eachother or other devises, things, and programs. Today SIS TK 450 (https://www.sis.se/informationsteknik-kontorsutrustning/it-till%C3%A4mpningar/sis-tk-450) provides such services, but this work can be greatly enhanced. Should common, open metadata exist, areas such as school drop out, learning analytics, service integration, etc can be greatly increased. Technologies such as these provide for system-level improvements that alter the context for which other services are provided, and thus have a huge potential in changing and developing the educational system.
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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