The Open Source School

We recently published an article on how schools can migrate almost entirely to the cloud, many of our readers pointed out that several of the applications we showcased were available for free, through open source licensing, which got as thinking…. lets write on article on a hypothetical school which is entirely open source! After hours of brainstorming this is what we came up with, Is it possible? Absolutely. Is it practical? You decide.

For the District:

For the Classroom

  • Canvas LMS: Self hosted Learning Management System for classes.
  • OpenBoard: Software for interactive boards.
  • Opencast: Creating podcasts and webcasts.
  • Calibre: Creating, reading, and self-publishing e-books.
  • Koha Library: Management and catalog system for the media center / library.

For Your IT Staff


About the Author

Matthew Zuccaro is a proactive, forward thinking technology innovator with a tenacious entrepreneurial spirit.  As the Founder and Managing Member of Digital Strategy Associates LLC, he self-financed his college tuition by growing a boutique web design firm into a comprehensive provider of managed IT services.  Matt holds a BA (Summa Cum Laude) from Montclair State University.  Since technology is constantly evolving, Matt continually pursues advanced training and holds certifications from Apple, Barracuda, Promethean, Google, and SMART Technologies. Outside of the office Matt is an avid world traveler and active member of his community. 

About Digital Strategy Associates LLC

At Digital Strategy Associates LLC, our mission is simple: to simplify IT so our clients can focus on what they do best.  Headquartered in Morristown, NJ, Digital Strategy Associates (DSA) is a comprehensive provider of managed IT services for the education, government, and corporate markets.  DSA provides a wide range of creative and technical solutions including web design, web hosting, graphic design, managed IT services, consulting, and training.  For more information, visit