Edubuntu and Renaissance Place

Kemp, Levi lnkemp at
Tue Feb 5 19:20:26 GMT 2008

Actually We have a K12LTSP lab setup, fedora not ubuntu, but I did test it with AR and it does work. The plugin for printing is negated by the fact that the reports are in pdf format and can be printed from there. We don't use AR in the building though, we use Reading Counts, but both do work in an LTSP environment and with Firefox. So go ahead and give it a try, if it doesn't let you use it with Firefox you may need the add-on that disguises Firefox as another browser, but I don't think it's needed.
Levi Kemp
Technology Specialist
Bolivar R-1 Schools
lnkemp at

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From: edubuntu-users-bounces at on behalf of monteslu at
Sent: Tue 2/5/2008 11:49 AM
To: Jim Hutchinson; Barb Tabor
Cc: edubuntu-users at
Subject: Re: Edubuntu and Renaissance Place

Don't hesitate to bash it. This and the k12 list are the best place to discuss educational software, IMHO.

The only thing renlearn has of value is their data on the tests. Why they would choose to build their software on a windows platform is beyond me.
It would make much more sense to use mysql or postgresql on top of apache and or tomcat and support multiple platforms. Keep the cost of entry down and sell their own software instead of Microsoft's.


---- Jim Hutchinson <jim at> wrote:
> On Feb 4, 2008 6:00 PM, Barb Tabor <btabor at> wrote:
> >
> >
> > I am thinking of setting up a lab of thin clients using Edubuntu at one of
> > our elementary schools.
> > The teachers are very into AR (Accelerated Reader), STAR Reading and Math.
> > We are thinking of going to Renaissance Place with Enterprise.
> > Has anyone used Ren. Place with Edubuntu?
> > Any suggestions/recommendations would be appreciated.
> > Thanks.
> >
> I have no idea about the tech specs, but as a teacher who used to
> advocate for AR and now doesn't I think you might be able to find
> better uses for your lab than running AR or anything similar. I'm not
> going to use this as a forum to bash AR, but I will say that
> independent research does not support their claims. Unfortunately,
> once schools have bought in there is little of change (kind of like
> trying to move away from windows).
> I am really trying to get our teachers to use tools like Kig (I wish
> this project was more active than it seems) and others to enhance math
> instruction and move away from using computers for just drill and
> practice or creating copy and paste presentations. Sorry, starting on
> one of my rants.
> Anyway, good luck.
> Jim
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