This is a lesson on teaching free and open source software to high school/early college students.
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Free and Open Source Software Lesson

This lesson is designed for late high school/early college students. It was given to Summer Youth students working in the Library. It's a bit dense and technical, but I think/hope it's the start of something useful. It should take around 30 minutes.


This lesson includes:

  • A reading on free and open source software that students read in-class prior to the lesson. It's based on this article.
  • The Markdown for the slides used. I like Hacker Slides.
  • The rough lesson plan, with timings.


  • Get students talking/thinking in terms of their phones and apps and use that as the intellectual pivot point
  • Bring the lesson around to the reading toward the end
  • Privacy/surveillance seemed to resonate