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  1. 1. Linux for Basic Education Is it feasible? M. Edwin Zakaria [email protected]
  2. 2. 2 Intro This is not a technical paper, rather it is a marketing paper :-D Let the pro and hackers do the dirty work :-P But someone should step up to do this thing otherwise we cannot see the growth of open source usage We always say that open source has a lot of superiority than the others, then why desktop user still use the others? We should go out and learn why it is hard to ask other to use it, ... school are the best place to start
  3. 3. 3 Background Indonesia MOCI with Yogyakarta Province Education Office have a program to enhance the quality of basic education with the introduction of computer based learning with open source software They have plan to give a lab with 22 PC per school Ask teacher to put the education material and exam in computer How it affects the learning activities and measure the result
  4. 4. 4 Technical Challenge It is easy to install OS, we have openSUSE Li-f-e package with a bunch of educational software The owner also want to give the schools internet connection, some with very challenging geographic condition How to train teachers and schools staffs about linux so they have the basic technical thing And. there are 300 elementary schools and 200 junior high schools .. the headache began :-D
  5. 5. 5 Educational Challenge How about the education curriculum? Will it be inline with the use of open source? This is not for IT subject, we don't want to change the curriculum because we don't good at it :-) The work is considered as pilot project so we must choose which subject for computer based learning. 2 subjects were selected, math and science for grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 How to train teachers to create learning material How to measure the effect you get PITA :-D
  6. 6. 6 Socio-non-technical Challenge Would it add another work-load for teachers? They should learn how to use open source software and how to create learning material Linux? What is it? How to ask teacher from the school that get the labs to invite other schools around it to also use the facility and disseminate the knowledge Security of the schools. Thief :-( Etc, etc, etc you need a bed rest :-D
  7. 7. How big the implementation ?
  8. 8. 8 There are many choices in the world, why we should limit it? The important thing is make the choice based on careful calculation and responsible with it
  9. 9. 9 There are many open source software that good for education. Why we don't use it?
  10. 10. 10 Conditions and how we approach it 2200 schools (elementary and junior high), ask them to make a proposal (we teach them how to make it) and select the best proposal from 300 junior-high and 200 elementary school Select 50 in the first year for piloting Evaluate the problem from pilot schools
  11. 11. 11 Conditions and how we approach it Infrastructure development Central repository / data center for network and learning material in provincial level, make the lab in schools Make learning material model Capacity development for teachers and school staf. Increasing the competency and dissemination of knowledge Implementation in schools: mentoring and evaluation
  12. 12. 12 Schools location Google earth
  13. 13. 13 What is difficult Geographic condition in several schools Teacher capacity It is very hard to teach them how to use open source software for creating learning material Finally we give them proprietary software to create learning material. Result in SCORM based then upload to Moodle LMS Social factor
  14. 14. Video
  15. 15. Examples of learning material
  16. 16. 16 Is it feasible? No problem for student Some problem for teacher No problem as long as not for IT subject. However no IT subject for elementary school. It is not easy but feasible
  17. 17. Questions?