[schooltool-dev] Configuration issues for schools

Tim Holy tim.holy at gmail.com
Sat Feb 7 19:10:04 UTC 2009

Hi David,

On Sat, Feb 7, 2009 at 10:36 AM, David Groos <djgroos at gmail.com> wrote:

> I can't speak to coding issues, but as a teacher who is starting to delve
> into open source education software, the biggest needs are:
> --simplicity/documentation/stability

I _think_ we've worked quite hard on the simplicity & stability issues. I
know we could do better on the documentation part. TuxMath recently added a
tutorial that introduces at least the basics, but I think we could do more

> --assessment ie reporting and customization capabilities (I see that
> student x can do this so her next step is to...).  In other words a great
> need is for time-efficient, methods of assessing individual skills/knowledge
> and fine-tuning what they do next.

I'm not a teacher, so I thank you for your input here. This is _precisely_
the problem space at which I'm aiming this proposal.

> --While there are many great things about LDAP, the problem with it is that
> if a teacher is in a school where those who control the keys to technology
> don't want to support the teachers, it's tough luck for the teacher if an
> LDAP is required.  An option for w/-w/out LDAP would be nice.

Agreed. For schools that use Macs & Windows, I also fear that LDAP may be
beyond the capabilities of many administrators to install.

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