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Old 10-17-2008, 06:38 AM
Wylesk
 
Default Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey (Scott Balneaves)

I agree Moodle. There must be a lot there already - but not joined up. The only issue is making the interface suitable for all age and abilities.
Keith Wyles

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Subject: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey
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*Universal Education*
(Ensure that all boys and girls complete a primary schooling)

In my opinion, for primary schooling to be successful, primary schools
around the world should be freely available to any student. This project
will try its best to solve absolutely any problem that stops hundreds,
thousands, hundred of thousands, or even millions of boys and girls around
the world to completely finish a primary schooling because of the high
costs. I believe that with the help of an information system (an application
software or a system software) we can accomplish anything that relates to
this project. To save money on the learning materials, we must create an
International center that creates all of the learning materials
electronically. The formats of the learning materials will be unique and
very vast, and will also be very interactive (text, illustrations, games,
audio-video recordings with examples from the real world of each subject
that relates to primary schooling, etc.). This International center will be
sponsored by any country throughout the world, and all of the learning
materials will be freely offered to any student. All of the universal
subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, etc.) will be
translated in every language (Romanian, Spanish, English, Hindi, etc.), and
then distributed to all of the countries with the appropriate speaking
language. We all know that the technology of every field evolves very fast,
but until then we try to offer the same learning materials, and then when
the changes occur, we'll just develop an update, instead of building new
learning materials every time.

To be able to successfully accomplish this goal, I would like to create a
dynamic Web application that will contain all of the learning materials
needed in primary schooling. All of the learning materials will be
translated into the appropriate languages and published under each country's
category with their spoken language. Most of us don't realize how important
and useful these first steps of the primary schooling can be to the future
of our children. This project's goal is about trying its best to make
primary schooling available to any child no matter what country he or she
makes part of. We all know that many of the possibilities are a lot lower in
some countries than others, but if we have faith in ourselves, I don't see
why we can't accomplish this. We already have what we need (the knowledge,
the technology, etc); all that remains is to put the best information
together, spread it throughout the world, and make it happen until the year
of 2015 or even sooner than that, if possible. In my mind, we must take a
step at a time. We need more things than just an application. We also need
the hardware through which we can access this particular project. First of
all, we have to make this project happen no matter what it takes. Second of
all, we must develop an efficient, portable piece of equipment that will
have the capability to access the Internet, so that our children can have
access to it at any time throughout the day that they wish, wherever they
are located (at home, at school, away from home or school, etc.), something
like OLPC <http://www.laptop.org/en/laptop/start/index.shtml> (One Laptop
per Child).

I wrote this for Imagine Cup - Software Design, but since I'm not going to
participate in the Imagine Cup - Software Design competition, I thought it's
best to share with a project that relates to Education (Edubuntu). Thank you
very much, and I hope this will solve the problem. I'm sure that there are
plenty more things to add to this project, but that's certainly a start, and
if there are others that have ideas, they can always add to this project
and make it happen. Goodbye for now, and I will talk to you soon.

--
Sincerely,

Adrian G. Mowrey
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Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 13:42:41 -0500
From: Scott Balneaves <sbalneav@legalaid.mb.ca>
Subject: Re: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey
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On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 11:29:31AM -0400, Adrian G. Mowrey wrote:

<snip>

> This project
> will try its best to solve absolutely any problem that stops hundreds,
> thousands, hundred of thousands, or even millions of boys and girls around
> the world to completely finish a primary schooling because of the high
> costs.

Yikes! Tall order

<snip>

> To save money on the learning materials, we must create an
> International center that creates all of the learning materials
> electronically.

Well, if you want to realize your dream, here's some practical things you might
want to look at to get you started:

1) Help with translations within Ubuntu/Edubuntu. Not all applications have
reached 100% translation yet, and doing the translation's fairly easy. Just
get yourself a launchpad account, and start submitting strings (I think the
"translate this application" link is still there for a lot of apps).

2) If you're looking to help with content, there's a few things you could do:
* The Edubuntu handbook could always use a makeover
* I don't know much about moodle, but maybe you could provide free content
(chem, geo, etc) for Moodle that people could use.
* Work on cleaning up/editing/translating pages on the wiki.

> This International center will be
> sponsored by any country throughout the world, and all of the learning
> materials will be freely offered to any student.

I know the U.N. has student programs, maybe contact them.

> All of the universal
> subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, etc.) will be
> translated in every language (Romanian, Spanish, English, Hindi, etc.), and
> then distributed to all of the countries with the appropriate speaking
> language.

Much of this is already implemented in Lauchpad.

> To be able to successfully accomplish this goal, I would like to create a
> dynamic Web application that will contain all of the learning materials
> needed in primary schooling.

Moodle seems to be what you're looking for here.

Scott

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Old 10-17-2008, 11:54 AM
"David Van Assche"
 
Default Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey (Scott Balneaves)

Moodle is a great and necessary application for schools, but it is
just a virtual learning environment, not a content repository, which
is the other coin of what I believe Adrian is talking about. For
schools, this is always an issue, and content is rarely shared, even
across Moodle distributions. Unfortunately knowledge isn't free yet,
and the attempts at building such content repositories are far from
perfect, though here are a few that are worth looking at. It is
important to note that what still hasn't happened is a common
formatting for all this material. As it stands what you get from one
source is entirely different than what one gets from another:

www.curriki.org - funded in part by Sun
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm - MIT's open
courseware, several other Unis also have this but it is Uni level...
http://www.wikiversity.org/
http://cnx.org/ - connexions is quite big and a good source of open content
http://www.oercommons.org/

And here you'll find loads more, mostly failed attempts at the same:

http://www.google.com/Top/Computers/Open_Source/Open_Content/

Moodle has something called the DOOR plugin which is an open
repository that can be shared across moodle installations and
teachers... they upload and download content to this repo, in Moodle
format...

Kind Regards,
David Van Assche
www.nubae.com


On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 8:38 AM, Wylesk <wylesk@shtc.org.uk> wrote:
> I agree Moodle. There must be a lot there already - but not joined up. The only issue is making the interface suitable for all age and abilities.
> Keith Wyles
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> 1. Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey (Adrian G. Mowrey)
> 2. Re: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey (Scott Balneaves)
>
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> Message: 1
> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 11:29:31 -0400
> From: "Adrian G. Mowrey" <adrian.mowrey@gmail.com>
> Subject: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey
> To: "Edubuntu Development" <edubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com>
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> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>
> *Universal Education*
> (Ensure that all boys and girls complete a primary schooling)
>
> In my opinion, for primary schooling to be successful, primary schools
> around the world should be freely available to any student. This project
> will try its best to solve absolutely any problem that stops hundreds,
> thousands, hundred of thousands, or even millions of boys and girls around
> the world to completely finish a primary schooling because of the high
> costs. I believe that with the help of an information system (an application
> software or a system software) we can accomplish anything that relates to
> this project. To save money on the learning materials, we must create an
> International center that creates all of the learning materials
> electronically. The formats of the learning materials will be unique and
> very vast, and will also be very interactive (text, illustrations, games,
> audio-video recordings with examples from the real world of each subject
> that relates to primary schooling, etc.). This International center will be
> sponsored by any country throughout the world, and all of the learning
> materials will be freely offered to any student. All of the universal
> subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, etc.) will be
> translated in every language (Romanian, Spanish, English, Hindi, etc.), and
> then distributed to all of the countries with the appropriate speaking
> language. We all know that the technology of every field evolves very fast,
> but until then we try to offer the same learning materials, and then when
> the changes occur, we'll just develop an update, instead of building new
> learning materials every time.
>
> To be able to successfully accomplish this goal, I would like to create a
> dynamic Web application that will contain all of the learning materials
> needed in primary schooling. All of the learning materials will be
> translated into the appropriate languages and published under each country's
> category with their spoken language. Most of us don't realize how important
> and useful these first steps of the primary schooling can be to the future
> of our children. This project's goal is about trying its best to make
> primary schooling available to any child no matter what country he or she
> makes part of. We all know that many of the possibilities are a lot lower in
> some countries than others, but if we have faith in ourselves, I don't see
> why we can't accomplish this. We already have what we need (the knowledge,
> the technology, etc); all that remains is to put the best information
> together, spread it throughout the world, and make it happen until the year
> of 2015 or even sooner than that, if possible. In my mind, we must take a
> step at a time. We need more things than just an application. We also need
> the hardware through which we can access this particular project. First of
> all, we have to make this project happen no matter what it takes. Second of
> all, we must develop an efficient, portable piece of equipment that will
> have the capability to access the Internet, so that our children can have
> access to it at any time throughout the day that they wish, wherever they
> are located (at home, at school, away from home or school, etc.), something
> like OLPC <http://www.laptop.org/en/laptop/start/index.shtml> (One Laptop
> per Child).
>
> I wrote this for Imagine Cup - Software Design, but since I'm not going to
> participate in the Imagine Cup - Software Design competition, I thought it's
> best to share with a project that relates to Education (Edubuntu). Thank you
> very much, and I hope this will solve the problem. I'm sure that there are
> plenty more things to add to this project, but that's certainly a start, and
> if there are others that have ideas, they can always add to this project
> and make it happen. Goodbye for now, and I will talk to you soon.
>
> --
> Sincerely,
>
> Adrian G. Mowrey
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> From: Scott Balneaves <sbalneav@legalaid.mb.ca>
> Subject: Re: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey
> To: edubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com
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> On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 11:29:31AM -0400, Adrian G. Mowrey wrote:
>
> <snip>
>
>> This project
>> will try its best to solve absolutely any problem that stops hundreds,
>> thousands, hundred of thousands, or even millions of boys and girls around
>> the world to completely finish a primary schooling because of the high
>> costs.
>
> Yikes! Tall order
>
> <snip>
>
>> To save money on the learning materials, we must create an
>> International center that creates all of the learning materials
>> electronically.
>
> Well, if you want to realize your dream, here's some practical things you might
> want to look at to get you started:
>
> 1) Help with translations within Ubuntu/Edubuntu. Not all applications have
> reached 100% translation yet, and doing the translation's fairly easy. Just
> get yourself a launchpad account, and start submitting strings (I think the
> "translate this application" link is still there for a lot of apps).
>
> 2) If you're looking to help with content, there's a few things you could do:
> * The Edubuntu handbook could always use a makeover
> * I don't know much about moodle, but maybe you could provide free content
> (chem, geo, etc) for Moodle that people could use.
> * Work on cleaning up/editing/translating pages on the wiki.
>
>> This International center will be
>> sponsored by any country throughout the world, and all of the learning
>> materials will be freely offered to any student.
>
> I know the U.N. has student programs, maybe contact them.
>
>> All of the universal
>> subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, etc.) will be
>> translated in every language (Romanian, Spanish, English, Hindi, etc.), and
>> then distributed to all of the countries with the appropriate speaking
>> language.
>
> Much of this is already implemented in Lauchpad.
>
>> To be able to successfully accomplish this goal, I would like to create a
>> dynamic Web application that will contain all of the learning materials
>> needed in primary schooling.
>
> Moodle seems to be what you're looking for here.
>
> Scott
>
> --
> Scott L. Balneaves | "There are many causes I am prepared to die for,
> Systems Department | but no causes I am prepared to kill for."
> Legal Aid Manitoba | -- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
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Old 10-17-2008, 07:36 PM
matt jones
 
Default Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey (Scott Balneaves)

hi there -
i work in a secondary school in the uk and we have a VLE, actually we
have several. the main problems we have found are;

another login and password (win network, mac network, e-mail, MIS, and a
VLE) which is not good for staff that often cant use one system let
alone 5 or more. one that integrates across all would be fab but not
lickly due to tie in's and support.

integration with other software. A VLE often needs to integrate with a
MIS so changes in one system update globally.

content - you near enough always have to pay for it. all content will
change as different sylabusses come in and updates need to be made..
which cost money or time - which is money to a school.

paper pushers in local councils who choose which software schools use.
when they buy somthing for the bourogh the school have no choise but to
use it really... the council buy it - it's free for the school... or the
school buys something else. so again the paper pusher who makes that
choice doesn't really... there is no 'real' choice.

moodle is free so thats one point done as to integration with
AD/LDAP/lstp i'm not so sure. i no for deffo it wouldn't intergrate with
2 major MIS's as they wont release the lisencing for that without ...
as to content - a starting pack is a good idea to show teachers what can
be done... so they know what they can effectivly achive and see the
benifits before they spend time or creating content or using
content. often teachers like to mix and match with pre made and their
own content.
i dunno how relevent this is but by 2010 every student and parent has to
have a log in and access to their childs assessment, attendence ect...
oh yeah forgot that... VLE's idealy need to be able to get that data
too... they also need to have access to the student/staff work from
servers aswell...

some VLE's around here are fronter, kelidos and spark. all 3 i believe
you pay for. fronter and kelidos dont integrate too well at the mo, both
closed source. dont know about spark.

matt

David Van Assche wrote:
> Moodle is a great and necessary application for schools, but it is
> just a virtual learning environment, not a content repository, which
> is the other coin of what I believe Adrian is talking about. For
> schools, this is always an issue, and content is rarely shared, even
> across Moodle distributions. Unfortunately knowledge isn't free yet,
> and the attempts at building such content repositories are far from
> perfect, though here are a few that are worth looking at. It is
> important to note that what still hasn't happened is a common
> formatting for all this material. As it stands what you get from one
> source is entirely different than what one gets from another:
>
> www.curriki.org - funded in part by Sun
> http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm - MIT's open
> courseware, several other Unis also have this but it is Uni level...
> http://www.wikiversity.org/
> http://cnx.org/ - connexions is quite big and a good source of open content
> http://www.oercommons.org/
>
> And here you'll find loads more, mostly failed attempts at the same:
>
> http://www.google.com/Top/Computers/Open_Source/Open_Content/
>
> Moodle has something called the DOOR plugin which is an open
> repository that can be shared across moodle installations and
> teachers... they upload and download content to this repo, in Moodle
> format...
>
> Kind Regards,
> David Van Assche
> www.nubae.com
>
>
> On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 8:38 AM, Wylesk <wylesk@shtc.org.uk> wrote:
>
>> I agree Moodle. There must be a lot there already - but not joined up. The only issue is making the interface suitable for all age and abilities.
>> Keith Wyles
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: edubuntu-devel-bounces@lists.ubuntu.com [mailto:edubuntu-devel-bounces@lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of edubuntu-devel-request@lists.ubuntu.com
>> Sent: 16 October 2008 12:00
>> To: edubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com
>> Subject: edubuntu-devel Digest, Vol 41, Issue 7
>>
>> Send edubuntu-devel mailing list submissions to
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>>
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>>
>>
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>>
>> 1. Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey (Adrian G. Mowrey)
>> 2. Re: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey (Scott Balneaves)
>>
>>
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> Message: 1
>> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 11:29:31 -0400
>> From: "Adrian G. Mowrey" <adrian.mowrey@gmail.com>
>> Subject: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey
>> To: "Edubuntu Development" <edubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com>
>> Message-ID:
>> <815fe1e90810150829j64401c10u2d26463c5c76c395@mail .gmail.com>
>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>>
>> *Universal Education*
>> (Ensure that all boys and girls complete a primary schooling)
>>
>> In my opinion, for primary schooling to be successful, primary schools
>> around the world should be freely available to any student. This project
>> will try its best to solve absolutely any problem that stops hundreds,
>> thousands, hundred of thousands, or even millions of boys and girls around
>> the world to completely finish a primary schooling because of the high
>> costs. I believe that with the help of an information system (an application
>> software or a system software) we can accomplish anything that relates to
>> this project. To save money on the learning materials, we must create an
>> International center that creates all of the learning materials
>> electronically. The formats of the learning materials will be unique and
>> very vast, and will also be very interactive (text, illustrations, games,
>> audio-video recordings with examples from the real world of each subject
>> that relates to primary schooling, etc.). This International center will be
>> sponsored by any country throughout the world, and all of the learning
>> materials will be freely offered to any student. All of the universal
>> subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, etc.) will be
>> translated in every language (Romanian, Spanish, English, Hindi, etc.), and
>> then distributed to all of the countries with the appropriate speaking
>> language. We all know that the technology of every field evolves very fast,
>> but until then we try to offer the same learning materials, and then when
>> the changes occur, we'll just develop an update, instead of building new
>> learning materials every time.
>>
>> To be able to successfully accomplish this goal, I would like to create a
>> dynamic Web application that will contain all of the learning materials
>> needed in primary schooling. All of the learning materials will be
>> translated into the appropriate languages and published under each country's
>> category with their spoken language. Most of us don't realize how important
>> and useful these first steps of the primary schooling can be to the future
>> of our children. This project's goal is about trying its best to make
>> primary schooling available to any child no matter what country he or she
>> makes part of. We all know that many of the possibilities are a lot lower in
>> some countries than others, but if we have faith in ourselves, I don't see
>> why we can't accomplish this. We already have what we need (the knowledge,
>> the technology, etc); all that remains is to put the best information
>> together, spread it throughout the world, and make it happen until the year
>> of 2015 or even sooner than that, if possible. In my mind, we must take a
>> step at a time. We need more things than just an application. We also need
>> the hardware through which we can access this particular project. First of
>> all, we have to make this project happen no matter what it takes. Second of
>> all, we must develop an efficient, portable piece of equipment that will
>> have the capability to access the Internet, so that our children can have
>> access to it at any time throughout the day that they wish, wherever they
>> are located (at home, at school, away from home or school, etc.), something
>> like OLPC <http://www.laptop.org/en/laptop/start/index.shtml> (One Laptop
>> per Child).
>>
>> I wrote this for Imagine Cup - Software Design, but since I'm not going to
>> participate in the Imagine Cup - Software Design competition, I thought it's
>> best to share with a project that relates to Education (Edubuntu). Thank you
>> very much, and I hope this will solve the problem. I'm sure that there are
>> plenty more things to add to this project, but that's certainly a start, and
>> if there are others that have ideas, they can always add to this project
>> and make it happen. Goodbye for now, and I will talk to you soon.
>>
>> --
>> Sincerely,
>>
>> Adrian G. Mowrey
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>> From: Scott Balneaves <sbalneav@legalaid.mb.ca>
>> Subject: Re: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey
>> To: edubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com
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>> On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 11:29:31AM -0400, Adrian G. Mowrey wrote:
>>
>> <snip>
>>
>>
>>> This project
>>> will try its best to solve absolutely any problem that stops hundreds,
>>> thousands, hundred of thousands, or even millions of boys and girls around
>>> the world to completely finish a primary schooling because of the high
>>> costs.
>>>
>> Yikes! Tall order
>>
>> <snip>
>>
>>
>>> To save money on the learning materials, we must create an
>>> International center that creates all of the learning materials
>>> electronically.
>>>
>> Well, if you want to realize your dream, here's some practical things you might
>> want to look at to get you started:
>>
>> 1) Help with translations within Ubuntu/Edubuntu. Not all applications have
>> reached 100% translation yet, and doing the translation's fairly easy. Just
>> get yourself a launchpad account, and start submitting strings (I think the
>> "translate this application" link is still there for a lot of apps).
>>
>> 2) If you're looking to help with content, there's a few things you could do:
>> * The Edubuntu handbook could always use a makeover
>> * I don't know much about moodle, but maybe you could provide free content
>> (chem, geo, etc) for Moodle that people could use.
>> * Work on cleaning up/editing/translating pages on the wiki.
>>
>>
>>> This International center will be
>>> sponsored by any country throughout the world, and all of the learning
>>> materials will be freely offered to any student.
>>>
>> I know the U.N. has student programs, maybe contact them.
>>
>>
>>> All of the universal
>>> subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, etc.) will be
>>> translated in every language (Romanian, Spanish, English, Hindi, etc.), and
>>> then distributed to all of the countries with the appropriate speaking
>>> language.
>>>
>> Much of this is already implemented in Lauchpad.
>>
>>
>>> To be able to successfully accomplish this goal, I would like to create a
>>> dynamic Web application that will contain all of the learning materials
>>> needed in primary schooling.
>>>
>> Moodle seems to be what you're looking for here.
>>
>> Scott
>>
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Old 10-17-2008, 08:02 PM
"David Van Assche"
 
Default Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey (Scott Balneaves)

Hi matt

On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 9:36 PM, matt jones <jamesjamiejones@aol.com> wrote:
> hi there -
> i work in a secondary school in the uk and we have a VLE, actually we have
> several. the main problems we have found are;
>
> another login and password (win network, mac network, e-mail, MIS, and a
> VLE) which is not good for staff that often cant use one system let alone 5
> or more. one that integrates across all would be fab but not lickly due to
> tie in's and support.

This is a problem that affects all user-based software, and developers
have been created several Single Sign On solutions. Open ID solves
this quite elegantly and most open source software is going in the
direction of supporting it. The Ubuntu wikis, for example, already
work with it, as does Launchpad. Moodle has the ability to use Open ID
and several other authentication mechanisms such as LDAP and AD
(glorified pay for LDAP)

> integration with other software. A VLE often needs to integrate with a MIS
> so changes in one system update globally.
>
> content - you near enough always have to pay for it. all content will change
> as different sylabusses come in and updates need to be made.. which cost
> money or time - which is money to a school.

right, this is unfortunately the hardest part, even though it should
be the easiest (lots of people are capable of and already have written
desirable content.) We need a standardised unified content format that
is used in ALL schools, so that it can be imported into the program of
choice with whatever plugin is necessary... I am still at a loss as to
why something like this has not happened yet.

> paper pushers in local councils who choose which software schools use. when
> they buy somthing for the bourogh the school have no choise but to use it
> really... the council buy it - it's free for the school... or the school
> buys something else. so again the paper pusher who makes that choice doesn't
> really... there is no 'real' choice.

I agree with this, but the content should not be limited by the
software in use... the content should fit into whatever software by
way of filters...

> moodle is free so thats one point done as to integration with AD/LDAP/lstp
> i'm not so sure. i no for deffo it wouldn't intergrate with 2 major MIS's as
> they wont release the lisencing for that without ... as to content - a

If its not open source, it has no place in education, a hard view, but
the only one I can accept as a human being that believes knowledge
should be free and available to anyone.

> starting pack is a good idea to show teachers what can be done... so they
> know what they can effectivly achive and see the benifits before they spend
> time or creating content or using content. often teachers like to mix
> and match with pre made and their own content.

Yep, a content repository is what is needed...

> i dunno how relevent this is but by 2010 every student and parent has to
> have a log in and access to their childs assessment, attendence ect... oh
> yeah forgot that... VLE's idealy need to be able to get that data too...
> they also need to have access to the student/staff work from servers
> aswell...

The open systems I know of, Open Admin, ClaSS (based on uk curriculum)
and School Tool can all integrate and share data with Moodle (or plan
to in the near future) Student/Staff work should be stored in Moodle
itself, or Moodle is just not being utilised properly...

> some VLE's around here are fronter, kelidos and spark. all 3 i believe you
> pay for. fronter and kelidos dont integrate too well at the mo, both closed
> source. dont know about spark.

Sad... when we have such amazing software like Moodle, which really is
by all standards one of the best examples of working open source in
education.

Kind Regards,
David Van Assche
www.nubae.com

> matt
>
> David Van Assche wrote:
>>
>> Moodle is a great and necessary application for schools, but it is
>> just a virtual learning environment, not a content repository, which
>> is the other coin of what I believe Adrian is talking about. For
>> schools, this is always an issue, and content is rarely shared, even
>> across Moodle distributions. Unfortunately knowledge isn't free yet,
>> and the attempts at building such content repositories are far from
>> perfect, though here are a few that are worth looking at. It is
>> important to note that what still hasn't happened is a common
>> formatting for all this material. As it stands what you get from one
>> source is entirely different than what one gets from another:
>>
>> www.curriki.org - funded in part by Sun
>> http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm - MIT's open
>> courseware, several other Unis also have this but it is Uni level...
>> http://www.wikiversity.org/
>> http://cnx.org/ - connexions is quite big and a good source of open
>> content
>> http://www.oercommons.org/
>>
>> And here you'll find loads more, mostly failed attempts at the same:
>>
>> http://www.google.com/Top/Computers/Open_Source/Open_Content/
>>
>> Moodle has something called the DOOR plugin which is an open
>> repository that can be shared across moodle installations and
>> teachers... they upload and download content to this repo, in Moodle
>> format...
>>
>> Kind Regards,
>> David Van Assche
>> www.nubae.com
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 8:38 AM, Wylesk <wylesk@shtc.org.uk> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> I agree Moodle. There must be a lot there already - but not joined up.
>>> The only issue is making the interface suitable for all age and abilities.
>>> Keith Wyles
>>>
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>>>
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>>> Message: 1
>>> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 11:29:31 -0400
>>> From: "Adrian G. Mowrey" <adrian.mowrey@gmail.com>
>>> Subject: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey
>>> To: "Edubuntu Development" <edubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com>
>>> Message-ID:
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>>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>>>
>>> *Universal Education*
>>> (Ensure that all boys and girls complete a primary schooling)
>>>
>>> In my opinion, for primary schooling to be successful, primary schools
>>> around the world should be freely available to any student. This project
>>> will try its best to solve absolutely any problem that stops hundreds,
>>> thousands, hundred of thousands, or even millions of boys and girls
>>> around
>>> the world to completely finish a primary schooling because of the high
>>> costs. I believe that with the help of an information system (an
>>> application
>>> software or a system software) we can accomplish anything that relates to
>>> this project. To save money on the learning materials, we must create an
>>> International center that creates all of the learning materials
>>> electronically. The formats of the learning materials will be unique and
>>> very vast, and will also be very interactive (text, illustrations, games,
>>> audio-video recordings with examples from the real world of each subject
>>> that relates to primary schooling, etc.). This International center will
>>> be
>>> sponsored by any country throughout the world, and all of the learning
>>> materials will be freely offered to any student. All of the universal
>>> subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, etc.) will be
>>> translated in every language (Romanian, Spanish, English, Hindi, etc.),
>>> and
>>> then distributed to all of the countries with the appropriate speaking
>>> language. We all know that the technology of every field evolves very
>>> fast,
>>> but until then we try to offer the same learning materials, and then when
>>> the changes occur, we'll just develop an update, instead of building new
>>> learning materials every time.
>>>
>>> To be able to successfully accomplish this goal, I would like to create a
>>> dynamic Web application that will contain all of the learning materials
>>> needed in primary schooling. All of the learning materials will be
>>> translated into the appropriate languages and published under each
>>> country's
>>> category with their spoken language. Most of us don't realize how
>>> important
>>> and useful these first steps of the primary schooling can be to the
>>> future
>>> of our children. This project's goal is about trying its best to make
>>> primary schooling available to any child no matter what country he or she
>>> makes part of. We all know that many of the possibilities are a lot lower
>>> in
>>> some countries than others, but if we have faith in ourselves, I don't
>>> see
>>> why we can't accomplish this. We already have what we need (the
>>> knowledge,
>>> the technology, etc); all that remains is to put the best information
>>> together, spread it throughout the world, and make it happen until the
>>> year
>>> of 2015 or even sooner than that, if possible. In my mind, we must take a
>>> step at a time. We need more things than just an application. We also
>>> need
>>> the hardware through which we can access this particular project. First
>>> of
>>> all, we have to make this project happen no matter what it takes. Second
>>> of
>>> all, we must develop an efficient, portable piece of equipment that will
>>> have the capability to access the Internet, so that our children can have
>>> access to it at any time throughout the day that they wish, wherever they
>>> are located (at home, at school, away from home or school, etc.),
>>> something
>>> like OLPC <http://www.laptop.org/en/laptop/start/index.shtml> (One Laptop
>>> per Child).
>>>
>>> I wrote this for Imagine Cup - Software Design, but since I'm not going
>>> to
>>> participate in the Imagine Cup - Software Design competition, I thought
>>> it's
>>> best to share with a project that relates to Education (Edubuntu). Thank
>>> you
>>> very much, and I hope this will solve the problem. I'm sure that there
>>> are
>>> plenty more things to add to this project, but that's certainly a start,
>>> and
>>> if there are others that have ideas, they can always add to this project
>>> and make it happen. Goodbye for now, and I will talk to you soon.
>>>
>>> --
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>>>
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>>> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 13:42:41 -0500
>>> From: Scott Balneaves <sbalneav@legalaid.mb.ca>
>>> Subject: Re: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey
>>> To: edubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com
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>>> On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 11:29:31AM -0400, Adrian G. Mowrey wrote:
>>>
>>> <snip>
>>>
>>>
>>>>
>>>> This project
>>>> will try its best to solve absolutely any problem that stops hundreds,
>>>> thousands, hundred of thousands, or even millions of boys and girls
>>>> around
>>>> the world to completely finish a primary schooling because of the high
>>>> costs.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Yikes! Tall order
>>>
>>> <snip>
>>>
>>>
>>>>
>>>> To save money on the learning materials, we must create an
>>>> International center that creates all of the learning materials
>>>> electronically.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Well, if you want to realize your dream, here's some practical things you
>>> might
>>> want to look at to get you started:
>>>
>>> 1) Help with translations within Ubuntu/Edubuntu. Not all applications
>>> have
>>> reached 100% translation yet, and doing the translation's fairly easy.
>>> Just
>>> get yourself a launchpad account, and start submitting strings (I think
>>> the
>>> "translate this application" link is still there for a lot of apps).
>>>
>>> 2) If you're looking to help with content, there's a few things you could
>>> do:
>>> * The Edubuntu handbook could always use a makeover
>>> * I don't know much about moodle, but maybe you could provide free
>>> content
>>> (chem, geo, etc) for Moodle that people could use.
>>> * Work on cleaning up/editing/translating pages on the wiki.
>>>
>>>
>>>>
>>>> This International center will be
>>>> sponsored by any country throughout the world, and all of the learning
>>>> materials will be freely offered to any student.
>>>>
>>>
>>> I know the U.N. has student programs, maybe contact them.
>>>
>>>
>>>>
>>>> All of the universal
>>>> subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, etc.) will be
>>>> translated in every language (Romanian, Spanish, English, Hindi, etc.),
>>>> and
>>>> then distributed to all of the countries with the appropriate speaking
>>>> language.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Much of this is already implemented in Lauchpad.
>>>
>>>
>>>>
>>>> To be able to successfully accomplish this goal, I would like to create
>>>> a
>>>> dynamic Web application that will contain all of the learning materials
>>>> needed in primary schooling.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Moodle seems to be what you're looking for here.
>>>
>>> Scott
>>>
>>> --
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>>> Systems Department | but no causes I am prepared to kill for."
>>> Legal Aid Manitoba | -- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
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Old 10-17-2008, 08:28 PM
matt jones
 
Default Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey (Scott Balneaves)

Hello David,

i agree open source is the way forward for education, it's cost saving
now compared to 10 years ago where network managers often didn't
understand as much as today - some are still backwards but they'll be
going as more and more moves into data and data systems. i didn't know
about open ID, but now i do.

it would make sence to have an open uniform content format, but now that
there are so many VLE/LP's who would be the best to create this and
where do you think the best place to start is. applications that are VLE
compatible most of the time are SQUARM (owtte) complient which is a
standard alreddy - however not all apps are complient.

i havent used moodle in a while now so i cant remember if you have to
upload files into it to save them but our current VLE you have to save
locally (network) before uploading.. would moodle be able to see files
saved on our servers in users directories from moodle, without a user
having to save them upload into moodle?

given the choise i would have implimented moodle purly becasue if there
is something i need to add, i could as it's open to that. but fronter
was given to the school for free and all other schools in the bourogh to
try to get them all to share... paper pushers again.

regards
matt

David Van Assche wrote:
> Hi matt
>
> On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 9:36 PM, matt jones <jamesjamiejones@aol.com> wrote:
>
>> hi there -
>> i work in a secondary school in the uk and we have a VLE, actually we have
>> several. the main problems we have found are;
>>
>> another login and password (win network, mac network, e-mail, MIS, and a
>> VLE) which is not good for staff that often cant use one system let alone 5
>> or more. one that integrates across all would be fab but not lickly due to
>> tie in's and support.
>>
>
> This is a problem that affects all user-based software, and developers
> have been created several Single Sign On solutions. Open ID solves
> this quite elegantly and most open source software is going in the
> direction of supporting it. The Ubuntu wikis, for example, already
> work with it, as does Launchpad. Moodle has the ability to use Open ID
> and several other authentication mechanisms such as LDAP and AD
> (glorified pay for LDAP)
>

>> integration with other software. A VLE often needs to integrate with a MIS
>> so changes in one system update globally.
>>
>> content - you near enough always have to pay for it. all content will change
>> as different sylabusses come in and updates need to be made.. which cost
>> money or time - which is money to a school.
>>
>
> right, this is unfortunately the hardest part, even though it should
> be the easiest (lots of people are capable of and already have written
> desirable content.) We need a standardised unified content format that
> is used in ALL schools, so that it can be imported into the program of
> choice with whatever plugin is necessary... I am still at a loss as to
> why something like this has not happened yet.
>
>
>> paper pushers in local councils who choose which software schools use. when
>> they buy somthing for the bourogh the school have no choise but to use it
>> really... the council buy it - it's free for the school... or the school
>> buys something else. so again the paper pusher who makes that choice doesn't
>> really... there is no 'real' choice.
>>
>
> I agree with this, but the content should not be limited by the
> software in use... the content should fit into whatever software by
> way of filters...
>
>
>> moodle is free so thats one point done as to integration with AD/LDAP/lstp
>> i'm not so sure. i no for deffo it wouldn't intergrate with 2 major MIS's as
>> they wont release the lisencing for that without ... as to content - a
>>
>
> If its not open source, it has no place in education, a hard view, but
> the only one I can accept as a human being that believes knowledge
> should be free and available to anyone.
>
>
>> starting pack is a good idea to show teachers what can be done... so they
>> know what they can effectivly achive and see the benifits before they spend
>> time or creating content or using content. often teachers like to mix
>> and match with pre made and their own content.
>>
>
> Yep, a content repository is what is needed...
>
>
>> i dunno how relevent this is but by 2010 every student and parent has to
>> have a log in and access to their childs assessment, attendence ect... oh
>> yeah forgot that... VLE's idealy need to be able to get that data too...
>> they also need to have access to the student/staff work from servers
>> aswell...
>>
>
> The open systems I know of, Open Admin, ClaSS (based on uk curriculum)
> and School Tool can all integrate and share data with Moodle (or plan
> to in the near future) Student/Staff work should be stored in Moodle
> itself, or Moodle is just not being utilised properly...
>
>
>> some VLE's around here are fronter, kelidos and spark. all 3 i believe you
>> pay for. fronter and kelidos dont integrate too well at the mo, both closed
>> source. dont know about spark.
>>
>
> Sad... when we have such amazing software like Moodle, which really is
> by all standards one of the best examples of working open source in
> education.
>
> Kind Regards,
> David Van Assche
> www.nubae.com
>
>
>> matt
>>
>> David Van Assche wrote:
>>
>>> Moodle is a great and necessary application for schools, but it is
>>> just a virtual learning environment, not a content repository, which
>>> is the other coin of what I believe Adrian is talking about. For
>>> schools, this is always an issue, and content is rarely shared, even
>>> across Moodle distributions. Unfortunately knowledge isn't free yet,
>>> and the attempts at building such content repositories are far from
>>> perfect, though here are a few that are worth looking at. It is
>>> important to note that what still hasn't happened is a common
>>> formatting for all this material. As it stands what you get from one
>>> source is entirely different than what one gets from another:
>>>
>>> www.curriki.org - funded in part by Sun
>>> http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm - MIT's open
>>> courseware, several other Unis also have this but it is Uni level...
>>> http://www.wikiversity.org/
>>> http://cnx.org/ - connexions is quite big and a good source of open
>>> content
>>> http://www.oercommons.org/
>>>
>>> And here you'll find loads more, mostly failed attempts at the same:
>>>
>>> http://www.google.com/Top/Computers/Open_Source/Open_Content/
>>>
>>> Moodle has something called the DOOR plugin which is an open
>>> repository that can be shared across moodle installations and
>>> teachers... they upload and download content to this repo, in Moodle
>>> format...
>>>
>>> Kind Regards,
>>> David Van Assche
>>> www.nubae.com
>>>
>>>
>>> On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 8:38 AM, Wylesk <wylesk@shtc.org.uk> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>> I agree Moodle. There must be a lot there already - but not joined up.
>>>> The only issue is making the interface suitable for all age and abilities.
>>>> Keith Wyles
>>>>
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: edubuntu-devel-bounces@lists.ubuntu.com
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>>>> 1. Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey (Adrian G. Mowrey)
>>>> 2. Re: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey (Scott Balneaves)
>>>>
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>>>> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 11:29:31 -0400
>>>> From: "Adrian G. Mowrey" <adrian.mowrey@gmail.com>
>>>> Subject: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey
>>>> To: "Edubuntu Development" <edubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com>
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>>>> *Universal Education*
>>>> (Ensure that all boys and girls complete a primary schooling)
>>>>
>>>> In my opinion, for primary schooling to be successful, primary schools
>>>> around the world should be freely available to any student. This project
>>>> will try its best to solve absolutely any problem that stops hundreds,
>>>> thousands, hundred of thousands, or even millions of boys and girls
>>>> around
>>>> the world to completely finish a primary schooling because of the high
>>>> costs. I believe that with the help of an information system (an
>>>> application
>>>> software or a system software) we can accomplish anything that relates to
>>>> this project. To save money on the learning materials, we must create an
>>>> International center that creates all of the learning materials
>>>> electronically. The formats of the learning materials will be unique and
>>>> very vast, and will also be very interactive (text, illustrations, games,
>>>> audio-video recordings with examples from the real world of each subject
>>>> that relates to primary schooling, etc.). This International center will
>>>> be
>>>> sponsored by any country throughout the world, and all of the learning
>>>> materials will be freely offered to any student. All of the universal
>>>> subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, etc.) will be
>>>> translated in every language (Romanian, Spanish, English, Hindi, etc.),
>>>> and
>>>> then distributed to all of the countries with the appropriate speaking
>>>> language. We all know that the technology of every field evolves very
>>>> fast,
>>>> but until then we try to offer the same learning materials, and then when
>>>> the changes occur, we'll just develop an update, instead of building new
>>>> learning materials every time.
>>>>
>>>> To be able to successfully accomplish this goal, I would like to create a
>>>> dynamic Web application that will contain all of the learning materials
>>>> needed in primary schooling. All of the learning materials will be
>>>> translated into the appropriate languages and published under each
>>>> country's
>>>> category with their spoken language. Most of us don't realize how
>>>> important
>>>> and useful these first steps of the primary schooling can be to the
>>>> future
>>>> of our children. This project's goal is about trying its best to make
>>>> primary schooling available to any child no matter what country he or she
>>>> makes part of. We all know that many of the possibilities are a lot lower
>>>> in
>>>> some countries than others, but if we have faith in ourselves, I don't
>>>> see
>>>> why we can't accomplish this. We already have what we need (the
>>>> knowledge,
>>>> the technology, etc); all that remains is to put the best information
>>>> together, spread it throughout the world, and make it happen until the
>>>> year
>>>> of 2015 or even sooner than that, if possible. In my mind, we must take a
>>>> step at a time. We need more things than just an application. We also
>>>> need
>>>> the hardware through which we can access this particular project. First
>>>> of
>>>> all, we have to make this project happen no matter what it takes. Second
>>>> of
>>>> all, we must develop an efficient, portable piece of equipment that will
>>>> have the capability to access the Internet, so that our children can have
>>>> access to it at any time throughout the day that they wish, wherever they
>>>> are located (at home, at school, away from home or school, etc.),
>>>> something
>>>> like OLPC <http://www.laptop.org/en/laptop/start/index.shtml> (One Laptop
>>>> per Child).
>>>>
>>>> I wrote this for Imagine Cup - Software Design, but since I'm not going
>>>> to
>>>> participate in the Imagine Cup - Software Design competition, I thought
>>>> it's
>>>> best to share with a project that relates to Education (Edubuntu). Thank
>>>> you
>>>> very much, and I hope this will solve the problem. I'm sure that there
>>>> are
>>>> plenty more things to add to this project, but that's certainly a start,
>>>> and
>>>> if there are others that have ideas, they can always add to this project
>>>> and make it happen. Goodbye for now, and I will talk to you soon.
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Sincerely,
>>>>
>>>> Adrian G. Mowrey
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>>>> Message: 2
>>>> Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 13:42:41 -0500
>>>> From: Scott Balneaves <sbalneav@legalaid.mb.ca>
>>>> Subject: Re: Universal Education by Adrian G. Mowrey
>>>> To: edubuntu-devel@lists.ubuntu.com
>>>> Message-ID: <20081015184241.GA11798@legalaid.mb.ca>
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>>>>
>>>> On Wed, Oct 15, 2008 at 11:29:31AM -0400, Adrian G. Mowrey wrote:
>>>>
>>>> <snip>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> This project
>>>>> will try its best to solve absolutely any problem that stops hundreds,
>>>>> thousands, hundred of thousands, or even millions of boys and girls
>>>>> around
>>>>> the world to completely finish a primary schooling because of the high
>>>>> costs.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> Yikes! Tall order
>>>>
>>>> <snip>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> To save money on the learning materials, we must create an
>>>>> International center that creates all of the learning materials
>>>>> electronically.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> Well, if you want to realize your dream, here's some practical things you
>>>> might
>>>> want to look at to get you started:
>>>>
>>>> 1) Help with translations within Ubuntu/Edubuntu. Not all applications
>>>> have
>>>> reached 100% translation yet, and doing the translation's fairly easy.
>>>> Just
>>>> get yourself a launchpad account, and start submitting strings (I think
>>>> the
>>>> "translate this application" link is still there for a lot of apps).
>>>>
>>>> 2) If you're looking to help with content, there's a few things you could
>>>> do:
>>>> * The Edubuntu handbook could always use a makeover
>>>> * I don't know much about moodle, but maybe you could provide free
>>>> content
>>>> (chem, geo, etc) for Moodle that people could use.
>>>> * Work on cleaning up/editing/translating pages on the wiki.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> This International center will be
>>>>> sponsored by any country throughout the world, and all of the learning
>>>>> materials will be freely offered to any student.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> I know the U.N. has student programs, maybe contact them.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> All of the universal
>>>>> subjects (Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, etc.) will be
>>>>> translated in every language (Romanian, Spanish, English, Hindi, etc.),
>>>>> and
>>>>> then distributed to all of the countries with the appropriate speaking
>>>>> language.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> Much of this is already implemented in Lauchpad.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> To be able to successfully accomplish this goal, I would like to create
>>>>> a
>>>>> dynamic Web application that will contain all of the learning materials
>>>>> needed in primary schooling.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>> Moodle seems to be what you're looking for here.
>>>>
>>>> Scott
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Scott L. Balneaves | "There are many causes I am prepared to die for,
>>>> Systems Department | but no causes I am prepared to kill for."
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>>>>
>>>>
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