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Re: [school-discuss] suggestions about secondary school project using FOSS

Hi Roberto,

For the humanities teacher, sounds like Moodle would be a great tool for content development by the older students. The students could also build content for the primary students to use subsequently. For the technology/science area, even though lately I've been messing with Blender, I was really impressed with the Python links recently sent out to this list. Having the older students write programs for the younger students would be great way to learn and contribute at the same time. And since it's Open Source, the students can take an existing piece of code and modify it, thereby showing one of the key benefits of OSS.

If I were going to teach Python, I'd also use TeacherTool in the process. Our fifth grade teachers consider TeacherTool a must-have application.


roberto wrote:
i am currently involved in developing an educational project for
secondary school students (14-18) in Italy, which will be very likely
extended to primary schools (10-13) in a slightly adapted fashion.

At the moment i am looking for case studies/suggestions/experiences in
this field to build the basis of the activity.

The aim is to let young people become aware of the great power of
media technologies and how istructive is to use them under the FOSS
The project has roughly these features:

1. two parts, one school-year long each
2. two teachers involved: one expert in humanities area and the other
(me) in the technological/scientific area
3. roughly 60 guys involved
4. we plan to extend it to primary schools, in the second part

Now, students should not only learn what they can do using more
skillfully Internet, programming tools, website mastering and so on
but also realize some effective output which, eventually may be then
used in the second phase.

Any suggestion is very appreciated. Of course, direct involvement of
other parties around the world is possible and welcome.


Daniel Howard
President and CEO
Georgia Open Source Education Foundation