How I connected with CINLUG

These forums don't look very active, but I'll share a blurb anyway. 
 
I was introduced to CINLUG by one of your members this week.  Here I am.
 
I am a science teacher at a small, private school for students with high functioning autism here in Central Indiana. Our school is completely tuition based, so we have a tight budget.
 
Since we have a small staff of about six, and twenty-two students, I was the natural candidate to become the schools technology coordinator.  My main motivation is that I want reliable technology in my own classroom.  This is a non-paid position.
We now have 1:1 laptops for the students.  The first 8 Compaqs running Vista Home were purchased when the school was started three years ago.  I was hired two years ago, so I had no say in that purchase.  More recently we were given a batch of IBM laptops from the Windows XP era, and we just got a batch of netbooks running Windows 7.
Keep in mind that I teach full time at a special needs school.  I usually come home exhausted just from that.  I don't have time to keep our technology running, but I do it anyway because somebody has to.  About a year ago messed up laptops starting piling up on my desk.  Even though we paid good money for virus scan software, students were managing to infect the computers and mess up settings.  I did a fresh install of each version and imaged it, but that still wasn't enough to keep things running.
 
Linux was suggested to me, so I gave it a shot.  I have one machine running dual boot Vista Home and Fedora w/ Gnome.  It's taken me since November to learn Linux and I have the laptop fine tuned.  I'm just about ready to lock it down and deploy to the other machines.  Additionally, I've installed a server on a 10 year old computer to run Dansguardian.  The hardware is starting to fall apart, but DG doesn't slow the network down.
 
My contact said that CINLUG is interested in Linux and education.  This is it.  There is so much to learn.  I need help, but I don't know who or what to ask.
 
David Bonner
 

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Edubuntu

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Edubuntu

You might take a look at the Ubuntu Linux distribution (http://www.ubuntu.com) derivitive Edubuntu that is available at http://www.edubuntu.org. Edubuntu has a YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/edubuntuproject and Linux.com has an article about Edubuntu at http://www.linux.com/archive/feed/60357.