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Re: [school-discuss] SchoolForge Art Gallery?
Charles Cosse wrote:
Bases like this exist in learning management systems - and being that
they are web based, most questions of cross-platform compatibility are
answered. How would something such as this differentiate itself from a
i must have missed Justin's funding opportunities post, so thanks for
IMHO the following would work:
The SchoolForge community establishes a truly open, interest-neutral,
software base for educational applications, hosted at SchoolForge,
perhaps, which serves as a foundation for satellite programs around
Let's say this software base exists. Now, an arbitrary university
professor (or other) submits a funding proposal to the institution of
their choice (NSF in US, local Dept of Education, etc) and proposes
that funding be provided for mentoring a handful of students, (perhaps
as a college class, perhaps as a high-school class, even an after
school program, etc) to develop education applications derived from
the software base that they download from SchoolForge.
My perception it that it sounds more application based instead of web
based - so it wouldn't require a significant effort to pick it up and
try it out. But what could be developed through this method that is
beyond the reach of LMS systems?
A possibility that SVG & AJAX will have a scripting language built
around them that give pretty much the entire functionality of pre-video
Flash players? If applications were built in this way - they could be
feature rich and available through a browser. Seems like something to
keep in mind..
Is each application a specific binary/package?
Could it be set up so that they download a single application - that
offers a built in catalog and list of education apps in various
categories? Sort of like an I-tunes, but edu apps instead of songs.
Would this overlap, or assist in efforts of projects such as Childsplay
Could you provide more information on how something like this would
work? Is it something directed towards non-programmers, and giving them
the ability to make applications? Are there established standards in
place for handing information that would be generated from these
applications to student information systems?
The software base would have everything a non-programmer would need to
derive their innovations in the form of a new educational application,
conforming to a few specifications, such as student assessment
data-taking capabilities output format, namely, so data from various
apps could be mixed/matched and compared.
And if it is directed at non-programmers, and uses some sort of easy to
figure out scripting/GUI/etc - what would the student developers be
learning that wouldn't better be covered in having them take courses of
established programming languages?
The apps could be designed in cooperation with local school systems to
compliment their curriculum, or fill-in blanks which textbooks don't
cover. The student developers would learn valuable programming skills,
corporate sponsors might like to provide some support (thereby
establishing early relationships with promising, motivated students),
and the finished apps would be uploaded back into a central
schoolforge repository for the benefit of schools everywhere.