[Edu-sig] Shuttleworth Summit

Andre Roberge andre.roberge at gmail.com
Sat Apr 22 18:02:32 CEST 2006

On 4/22/06, kirby urner <kirby.urner at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Here's a challenge to anyone interested:
> > rather than debating what's the "best way" to teach, how about coming out
> > with an actual "lesson/learning exercise" or a small computer
> > program that could be used today by an *average* teacher in S.A.,
> > who may not be as computer litterate as people on this list are.
> >
> > André
> I'd like to amend that:
> Picture a tuxLab in the hinterland, maybe near Bloem (Orange Free
> State).  Stack of DVDs in the corner.  Player.  Teachers make sure
> stuff doesn't walk away, like police (they know the police).  The
> police are good in this picture (a simplification).  GNOME.  As time
> goes on:  Mono.  Strategy:  those who know (whatever age) teach those
> who don't (any age), except it's not a one way street because there's
> always more of them than there are of you (i.e. you'll be getting
> taught, as much as you also teach).
> This is the realistic beginning.  The tuxLabs already exist.  The free
> Ubuntu and Edubuntu are legally downloadable, burnable, copiable.
> We'll feed the distros from back office locations, work with NGOs on
> getting those DVDs spread around (by jeep, whatever).  Teachers will
> be empowered to float lesson plans in the repository, and talent will
> get noticed (by other teachers -- same as always in other words:  peer
> review).

"The tuxLabs already exist... Teachers will be empowered to float
lesson plans in the repository..."

My point is that there is no "floating of lessons in the repository" 
taking place
(save perhaps by yourself :-).  This is what needs to happen, and why I
"issued a challenge".
I've tried (with rur-ple) and it's hard work, much harder than programming!
(aside: rur-ple is slowly creeping towards version 1.0 - the only reason
it's not there yet is because there are many lessons left from what I thought
version 1.0 should include.  Software-wise, I could have called a much-earlier
release the 1.0 version.)


> Kirby

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