Open Source Classroom Management

Neil Coetzer ncoetzer at
Fri May 16 19:17:15 BST 2008

Hi Richard,

As far as I know, Kingdom Academy aren't necessarily aware of our plans
for them yet :) Apparently they have asked Larry for his assistance in
setting up their system at some point. The contents of my last mail are
purely based on discussions that have taken place between Larry and
myself. If things go according to plan, it will be an Ubuntu system, and
Larry and I would like to put open ICDL in place there, if/when it's
ready. This wouldn't be strictly a Loco Team project, but I thought some
guys might like to get involved anyway. At the end of the day though,
it's still Larry's show as he was the one approached by them. So yes
their only involvement would be to run the finished product. This could
be useful as a pilot project, since its fairly central and most of us
are closer to this than the more outlying areas, so it would be easier
to offer support and deal with any last minute bugs that might crop up.
(As opposed to our first roll out being in a rural location which we
will struggle to get to if their are any problems).

For an add-on dependency CD, what packages would we need to cater for
other the classroom management package? FYI, I will try to download and
test the package this weekend.

On Fri, 2008-05-16 at 14:09 +0200, Mr. R. Simango wrote:

> Thanks Larry, Hie Neil and Everyone,
> We welcome the involvement of Kingdom Academy in OpenICDL. Could the
> Kingdom guys kindly read and inform
> us about the extend to which they would like to be involved. I seem to
> read that they would like to run our finished products?? Great we
> welcome that.
> The raxso tool looks great and convenient to the computer classroom.
> Can we start to develop another ADDON zim version CD, that comes with
> all dependencies, because a lot of good tools fail to make it into the
> remote rural schools that DON'T have internet connectivity. Or how can
> this make it onto the Edubuntu 8.10??
> On 16/05/2008, Neil Coetzer <ncoetzer at> wrote:
> > Looks very good and apparently works perfectly on Ubuntu. :) At first
> > glance, this will be ideal for schools running open source.
> >
> >
> >
> > Will be checking this out myself as soon as I can download it. Getting
> > terrible speeds from that site though.
> >
> > FYI, Kingdom Academy might be interested in setting up a system in the
> > near future and have mentioned this to Larry Greeff who I work with. He
> > will be pushing the Ubuntu route and has already expressed an interest
> > in OpenICDL. We don't have a time frame yet, so not sure when exactly
> > they want to do this. However, it could perhaps be something that the
> > team could get involved with?? If we could offer them a completely free
> > open source system, I think it would be an awesome pilot project for the
> > LoCo Team. If it works out, it will still be Larry's baby but he would
> > be more than happy to let us get involved. What do you guys think?
> >
> > I would think Edubuntu, OpenICDL (eventually) with the additional open
> > source classroom management software thrown in. Comments?
> >
> > Neil
> >
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