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Re: How about an inter-project project?
I just spoke to one of our math teachers. She is a future Linux
enthusiast;) and was open to the idea of working with Dr Geo and
developing course materials. We are working on several computer science
), but we are very interested in trying something from another
discipline. I think that Geometry is an excellent idea, because it
lends itself to computer aided discovery learning. We chose computer
science first for two main reasons:
1. We are in computer science, so developing cs stuff amounts to
"scratching an itch" to use Eric Raymond's phrase.
2. CS programs tend to have readily available computers. This is a
potential problem with other disciplines.
We could however, make our linux lab available for another class, such
as Geometry. I am willing and eager to work on this, so if anyone has
ideas as to how to proceed, let's get going.
> I was thinking last night about what would be needed to get our work
> actually used in schools. Besides having software for pedagogical
> purposes that runs on Linux, we'll need lesson plans and exercises that
> use that software and teaching material in the school's native
> language. Interestingly enough, we have a few projects that can address
> each aspect of the need. I wonder if we shouldn't work on preparing
> everything we need to use one or another program and then use that
> effort as a template on which to build others.
> Perhaps we could ask the open textbook project to work on a geometry
> text geared toward Dr Geo while at the same time helping Hilaire refine
> and improve the program. Lesson plans could be developed in concert
> with the open textbook, and everything could be passed on to Barret's
> translation project for conversion into multiple languages. Since Dr
> Geo is designed for multiple languages it should work very nicely.
> If all this works out we could consider Micah and Mauricio's Derive-like
> program and Odile's Promath for areas to work diligently on. If we can
> come up with enough course material (let's not forget GNUplot) for
> mathematics, we might be able to get some Linux machines in schools for
> mathematics computer labs.
> What do you all think?