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Li f-e-is-it-feasible

  1. 1. Linux for Basic Education Is it feasible? M. Edwin Zakaria
  2. 2. 2 Intro • This is not a technical paper, rather it is a “marketing paper” :-D • Let the pro and hackers do the dirty work :-P • But someone should step up to do this thing otherwise we cannot see the growth of open source usage • We always say that open source has a lot of superiority than the others, then why desktop user still use the others? • We should go out and learn why it is hard to ask other to use it, …... school are the best place to start
  3. 3. 3 Background • Indonesia MOCI with Yogyakarta Province Education Office have a program to enhance the quality of basic education with the introduction of computer based learning with open source software • They have plan to give a lab with 22 PC per school • Ask teacher to put the education material and exam in computer • How it affects the learning activities and measure the result
  4. 4. 4 Technical Challenge • It is easy to install OS, we have openSUSE Li-f-e package with a bunch of educational software • The owner also want to give the schools internet connection, some with very challenging geographic condition • How to train teachers and schools staffs about linux so they have the basic technical thing • And…. there are 300 elementary schools and 200 junior high schools • ……….. the headache began :-D
  5. 5. 5 Educational Challenge • How about the education curriculum? Will it be inline with the use of open source? • This is not for IT subject, we don't want to change the curriculum because we don't good at it :-) • The work is considered as pilot project so we must choose which subject for computer based learning. • 2 subjects were selected, math and science for grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 • How to train teachers to create learning material • How to measure the effect • …… you get PITA :-D
  6. 6. 6 Socio-non-technical Challenge • Would it add another work-load for teachers? They should learn how to use open source software and how to create learning material • Linux? What is it? • How to ask teacher from the school that get the labs to invite other schools around it to also use the facility and disseminate the knowledge • Security of the schools…. Thief :-( • Etc, etc, etc • …… you need a bed rest :-D
  7. 7. How big the implementation ?
  8. 8. 8 “There are many choices in the world, why we should limit it? The important thing is make the choice based on careful calculation and responsible with it”
  9. 9. 9 “There are many open source software that good for education. Why we don't use it?”
  10. 10. 10 Conditions and how we approach it • 2200 schools (elementary and junior high), ask them to make a proposal (we teach them how to make it) and select the best proposal from 300 junior-high and 200 elementary school • Select 50 in the first year for piloting • Evaluate the problem from pilot schools
  11. 11. 11 Conditions and how we approach it • Infrastructure development ‒ Central repository / data center for network and learning material in provincial level, make the lab in schools ‒ Make learning material model • Capacity development for teachers and school staf. Increasing the competency and dissemination of knowledge • Implementation in schools: mentoring and evaluation
  12. 12. 12 Schools location • Google earth
  13. 13. 13 What is difficult • Geographic condition in several schools • Teacher capacity • It is very hard to teach them how to use open source software for creating learning material ‒ Finally we give them proprietary software to create learning material. Result in SCORM based then upload to Moodle LMS • Social factor
  14. 14. Video
  15. 15. Examples of learning material
  16. 16. 16 Is it feasible? • No problem for student • Some problem for teacher • No problem as long as not for IT subject. However no IT subject for elementary school. • It is not easy but feasible
  17. 17. Questions?