[ubuntu-za] Laerskool Horison Feedback
William Walter Kinghorn
williamk at dut.ac.za
Thu Sep 10 10:47:48 BST 2009
Can you give feed back on your experiences with your son's school
From: ubuntu-za-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com [ubuntu-za-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of Greg Eames [geames at lantic.net]
Sent: 10 September 2009 11:36
To: charl.wentzel at vodamail.co.za; Ubuntu South African Local Community
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-za] Laerskool Horison Feedback
I have done some work for my sons primary school on their computer class.
I would be very interested in any details and information you can pass my way.
From: Charl Wentzel <charl.wentzel at vodamail.co.za<mailto:Charl%20Wentzel%20%3ccharl.wentzel at vodamail.co.za%3e>>
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Subject: [ubuntu-za] Laerskool Horison Feedback
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 11:14:57 +0200
Thought you would like some feedback....
I finally had my meeting with the Head master and his deputy today. I can say, its been a while since I left people this excited!
The new lab they are building is a Gauteng online lab, which is Windows based. So to steer clear of trouble, we'll them run it their way and won't touch it. However, they also have an existing lab, which they installed a couple of years ago and just finished pay for. Here they can do whatever they want.
At the same time they are planning on connecting every classroom to the admin block with its own computer. So each teacher can upload their data and prepare the work from their classroom.
I suggested a minimal invasive Wubi install in the existing lab running Edubuntu to start off with. As a parent at the school I offered my time to help install and train teachers for free. I explained about the software that is available and showed them how it works and explained to them that Linux is far better at teaching indepth computer skills. So after answering the question "So what does it cost?" a few time to unbelieving ears, the excitement began to show.
Next we spoke about linking up the classrooms, using a LTPS server and thin clients or old pc's or even cheap little netbooks. Despite the software being enforced by the educational department they wanted to know if they could equip teachers with SchoolTool, centralise data and export data to the official system when necessary.
Many other things were discussed, which is too many to mention here. They asked me to prepare a small presentation/document which they want to present to the school board next week to get their approval to proceed with a trail in the computer lab. They not only wanted me to present the benefits of Linux, but also a three year plan on how they could phase in all these things, suggestions on infrastructure implementation, available support, etc. I'll prepare this and share it with the community shortly. I might have some questions later.
If this was only their decision to make, we would have started tomorrow! So it's looking good so far. Thanks for everyone's help so far. Thanks Simone for allowing me to visit you and see how your school did it. I'll keep you posted. If this is a success, we'll probably have a model with which to approach other schools.
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