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More than 10,000 students are using OpenClassroom daily - find out why?

What is OpenClassroom?
OpenClassroom is the software that runs on an OpenClassroom Server. You can think of the appliance as a "private cloud" within the Internet cloud. You basically plug the appliance into your existing network via an Ethernet cable, turn it on, look at the IP address it shows you on its LCD panel, then use a browser on any computer on the network to navigate to the application to begin working. OpenClassroom was designed from the ground up to be extremely easy to use, so it shouldn't take you long to get up and running!

Why should I choose a server solution versus a hosted solution?
Hosted solutions in schools face the challenges of inconsistent User Interfaces (UI)/log-ins for different solutions (wikis, blogs, etc), distraction and security issues due to open Internet access, and external bandwidth congestion. A server-based solution within the school's LAN (local area network) enables teacher control/flexibility, simplifies the UI (user interface), enables log-in consistency, maximizes safety and security, and optimizes bandwidth usage.

Which browser should I use?
Firefox: OpenClassroom works well on FireFox on any platform we've tested. Internet Explorer: OpenClassroom has been tested on Internet Explorer on XP, Vista and Windows 7 and there are no known issues. Safari: OpenClassroom has a few known issues on Safari. Most notably, you will not have access to the html editor pane when editing things like blogs, wikis, or online assignments. You will have a text-only editor instead.

What is the hardware/software configuration?
Hardware: OCS-CLASS: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM, 160 GB hard disk (750 MB of storage per student for 200 students). OCS-SCHOOL: 2.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad, 2 GB RAM, 1 TB hard disk (1 GB of storage per student for 1000 students).
Software: LAMP Server: Linux (Ubuntu 7.x), Apache (web server), MySQL (database), PHP


Can I download the OpenClassroom Source Code?
Yes, the OC software is open source.


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