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[school-discuss] educationaLinux 2003 miniconference: Call for Papers
Please forward this release to any educational lists you're on that have a
computer focus, and any computer lists you're on that have an educational
focus. And anyone who wants a learning holiday in sunny Perth, Western
Australia during the Northern Hemisphere's winter. (-:
educationaLinux 2003, the Education mini-conference attached to the Australian
Linux Conference 2003, is now seeking papers and presenters for two days of
intense learning and networking in the leadup to the LCA2003 proper.
LCA2003 promises to be a doorbuster conference, a hard act to follow (which is
why we're running before it) and we've obtained permission to piggyback an
Education mini-conference on it - in parallel with a Debian mini-conference -
in the two days leading up to it.
Rolling through into the main conference gives educators involved with Linux
that little bit of extra time with an educational focus, an extra reason for
attending LCA2003. An educational prefix to the main conference turns up
fresh material to hammer out in the workshops.
Even before this CFP went out, we've had some interesting papers waved at us.
The presentations will include reports from Australian implementors fresh
from a new rollout in the field.
We're looking to cover two main areas: Linux as seen from an educational
perspective (Monday 27 January), and education as seen from a Linux
perspective (Tuesday 28 January), with some overlap.
The former means presentations on opportunities, problems and experiences with
Linux from the educator's seat, be it school IT staff, teachers or
consultants. We're looking for educational applications for Linux and what
needs to be done to make them better, features to build on and misfeatures to
repair, both theory and testimony.
The latter means presentations on setting up and altering Linux to meet the
special needs of academia, such as the ability to migrate user contexts
between grades, ways of tuning for or dissipating load spikes from
start-of-lesson stampedes, plans and experience with various network
arrangements, adaptations for special-needs input devices, unobtrusive
security hardening; go wild with your special project or experience!
The LCA2003 conference is being competently kitted out for an optimised,
immersive networking experience; just the right balance between the
convenience of everything-laid-on and the interest and satisfaction of
roll-your-own. By penguinistas, for penguinistas.
The University of Western Australia is about the closest thing Oz has to real
historical buildings; these ancient, hallowed halls are equipped with
wireless LAN, wired sound and other modern facilities to make your visit a
highly productive one. Accomodation is close to hand, the city centre only a
few kilometers further away and `geek' attractions like the UCC, home of one
of the first Coke machines on the Internet and many other digital treasures,
are right on campus.
Perth itself has a wonderfully mild climate, is big enough to offer
practically any facility, and small enough to still be friendly. Western
Australia is packed with interesting things to see (from unique natural
grandeur through impressive industry to world-class fishing and world-famous
wineries) so an extended holiday stay is a definite option.
The main Conference ends on Australia Day. On the Sunday night you'll get to
see some of the biggest, most impressive fireworks ever to be launched in
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW
1. Register for LCA2003, even if you have no paper to present.
2. Notify educationaLinux that you're planning to attend.
3. If you have a paper, submit a precis and a brief bio to educationaLinux.
4. Arrange your schedule and finances so you can roll up on the day.
http://plug.linux.org.au/~leonb/lca2003/papers.html Presenters' instructions
http://plug.linux.org.au/~leonb/lca2003/ educationaLinux home
http://linux.conf.au/ LCA2003 entry
http://conf.linux.org.au/register.html Conference registrations
http://members.xoom.virgilio.it/mmmgroup/e-gall.html The Spanish Linkquisition