Great idea to start a dialog on Open Source and Freeware! Please repost anything of mine that you find useful for the conversation. You mentioned quite a few on your blog that were new to me.
Working with Michelle and the Remote-Learner team has been great thus far. (As per the chatter question you left on my page). It has also introduced me to some new ideas about how my school technology group can work more effectively by using some of these great tools out there. (i.e. project wiki pages, skype communication, utilizing elluminate's free vRooms for troubleshooting or remote meetings, etc). I'm hoping to even convince our Phoenix-area Technology in Education group to sponsor a Web 2.0 Academy like you talked about. I'd bet it would be very popular with all of the buzz and great ideas about using 2.0 in the classroom.
Thanks for the compliment on the blog. And thanks for starting this venture for educators. I'm not sure about blog etiquette but I guess we figure it out as we go along. Is there a way to form groups here similar to MySpace? As the membership grows maybe high school and elementary groups, or even subject areas and tech groups. Is there a way to contact all or a few of your friends with one chat or message? Good job on all this! These have been my first blog posts; I've been reading some for a while. Catch you later.