Open source refers to software programs that are distributed with the source code. The open source license allows users the freedom to run the program for any purpose, to study and modify the program, and to freely redistribute copies of the original or modified program.
Open source is changing the nature of the software business in many settings. The open source movement is also impressive in education. With a tightened budget in schools these days, more and more schools are exploring the open source option. Many teachers and schools have embraced open source for economic, pedagogical, technological, and philosophical reasons. Open source does not require licensing fees. The technology utilizes an open architecture which is secure and reliable. Open source may offer less expensive, more reliable access, which is essential for integrating technology into school classrooms. Using open source, school can provide quality and reliable software for less money that does not require newer, more expensive computers to run it. Schools can install or upgrade software systems without costly licenses every few years.
I think open source could be one of the solutions for managing inadequate technology budgets in schools. There are many excellent open source software available for K-12 schools. SourceForge.net is an excellent site with a large open source software collection. Schools administrators, technology coordinators, and teachers should explore the open source application for teaching and learning and examine steps to implement open source solutions.