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Re: [school-discuss] Looking for an international lecturer on free
[Forwarded to the list from a non-subscribed address...Doug]
> My name is German Bustos, I'm contractor for Computadores para Educar, a
> Colombian government program which has brought computers for thousands
> of Colombian public schools since 2001, this program offers also
> teacher?s training in the use of computers in classes.
My name is Jeff Waddell. I am currently traveling the US with my family.
> All these
> computers are running MS Windows, but there is a growing interest in
> free software.
That's great to hear.
> Packages like OpenOffice.org and Mozilla are been tested
> to be used on those machines.
> A national meeting of teachers using computers will take place at June
> 28th, 29th and 30th in Bogotá, it is expected that at least 500 teachers
> from all the country would participate y that meeting.
That sounds great.
> We are looking for an international lecturer who can teach Colombian
> educators how to use free software in their classes and schools, what
> are the advantages of this kind of software specifically for education.
There are many advantages. I assume with a three day meeting you are
looking to give an overview that would cover the most advantageous
applications for these teachers. I assume that they teach all areas
including Language Arts (primarily Spanish, I presume), Math, Science,
History, Art, and Music.
> We have special interest in the use of computer technologies in teaching
> subjects like math, language and science.
> We are also contacting national groups that promote free software to
> participate in the meeting.
I hope that you will be able to attract them.
> Can you please help me to find such a lecturer?
I would be interested in coming to Colombia and doing this with you. I
have a degree in Computer Science as well as Spanish (my Spanish is quite
rusty as I haven't used it much in more than 10 years). I prefer Open
Source solutions and have used them to solve problems in a variety of
settings over the past 10 years. As there would be many details to work
out, please let me know your level of interest to have me come soon.
> Thanks a lot,
You are welcome,