Suggestions for Edubuntu Syllabus?

Dan McGarry it.psl at
Mon Feb 27 22:56:55 UTC 2006

Susan Addington wrote:
> I'm new to the list, having only heard about Ubuntu last week.

Welcome to the Edubuntu community!

> I'm in the process of developing a math curriculum/course/textbook for 
> U.S. college students planning to be elementary teachers. I hope to 
> publish this commercially, but I think making some of the activities 
> available for any students/teachers to use is a good idea.

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> My curriculum is not ready to just give to a teacher or student, by any 
> means. But I'd be interested in having someone try to use some of it 
> with middle grades students (say age 10 and up.)

As you probably already know, one of the biggest benefits of working in 
FOSS is when other community members lend a hand. Would you be willing 
to release the document(s), even if they're still rough, to the public 
under a suitable license (Creative Commons or GNU Documentation License, 
perhaps) so that we can evaluate, provide feedback and possibly improve 
on the work?

I'm currently working in Vanuatu, a Least Developed Country where 
learning resources like these are very thin on the ground. I'm not a 
teacher myself (I'm a systems and programming geek), but the computer 
centres I set up would really benefit from materials designed for use 
with (Ed)ubuntu. I suspect it would be a great opportunity to vet the 
work, as students here come with a limited academic background. If the 
concepts and exercises are clear for them, they'll likely be clear for 
students in US schools, for example.

I'm a big fan of the 'release early, release often' approach to content 
and software development, and I think this is a perfect opportunity to 
practise that. 8^)

Best regards,

Dan McGarry		it.psl at

IT Consultant
Community Communications Project

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