General Announcement, TODO, etc.

Ryan Kavanagh ryanakca at
Tue Dec 11 22:00:43 GMT 2007

On Friday 07 December 2007, Tony Yarusso wrote:
> Ryan Kavanagh wrote:
> > 1. From the last classroom setup with the NUN (to which I am eternally
> > grateful), there are Ubuntu Classroom Guidelines[1], which basically
> > state what should happen before, during and after a class, and are
> > directed towards teachers.  Is there anything you guys recommend
> > changing? Something to add, remove, etc? A couple of points that we might
> > consider adding/removing: 1.1 Use #ubuntu-classroom-chat for questions
> > instead of /msg <op> <question>
> +1

Ok, so that's three people, and since nobody else seems to be replying, I'll 
assume they don't mind if we adopt this system.
> >   1.2 Drop the requirement to have an instructor for at least two visual
> >         interfaces? (KDE and/or GNOME and/or XFCE and/or CLI and/or etc)
> Probably makes sense - it's a bit hard to do this way.  We should try to
> stay fairly balanced though.
Yes, We _must_ stay balanced (imho), and try to remember the other two 
interfaces... Don't forget KDE & Kubuntu / XFCE & Xubuntu just because it's 
called "Ubuntu Classroom".... We'll specify in the announcement.
To Lyz: we used to have one person teach per interface, and someone could 
teach both or all three if they felt comfortable.
> >   1.3 Whatever else?
> >
> > 2. Class ideas! What do you guys feel like teaching? Did you want to go
> > from beginner to advanced, kind of like a semester, with each course
> > building on the bases of the previous? Or would you rather alternate
> > between beginner & advanced so that the more advanced people don't have
> > to wait for their course?
> I think we should offer things of all skill levels concurrently, but
> within the realm of a particular kind of topic we can do progressions.
> For instance, say we cover getting a basic Apache installation running
> at one point, then two weeks later we could cover adding PHP and MySQL
> support to it.  So, build on other things when that makes sense, but
> don't structure a whole year linearly.
All righty.
> One thing that I discovered recently and might be willing to teach after
> I've had more time to play with it is Off The Record Messaging.  I'd
> also be happy to do the aforementioned "intro to apache" type thing.
> Hrm, what else do I know..."how to install way too much nonsense and
> break things"?
Hehe, I could teach the "HTIWTMNABT" course too... Off The Record Messaging? 
Never heard of it... I'd love to have a class on it and Apache.
> I would like to _attend_ a course series with a general introduction
> class on using tools in Ubuntu to work with digital cameras and photos,
> in terms of importing, sensible arrangements for storage, workflow,
> basic editing, tagging, etc, one on editing photos with GIMP for
> effects, corrections, etc., and a third specializing on dealing with RAW
> format photos and doing High Dynamic Range coolness to them.  (I just
> got my first digital camera; can you tell?)
On Thursday 06 December 2007, Elizabeth Bevilacqua wrote:

> "1.3.1 Creating and linking to the classes Wiki"
> This explains that the instructor should make up a wiki page for their
> class. We've sort of discussed this off-list and have wondered if it
> was too much of a burden for the instructor. Maybe do something like
> "We want you to do a writeup, but we have volunteers to doso if you
> absolutely can't"
Sure. We can write it up if we need to, if I remember correctly Jucato did 
that for us last year.

I'll make the modifications to the Guidelines tomorrow night if nobody beats 
me to it.


Ryan Kavanagh (ryanakca)
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