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September 2006

Open Source Software for Schools Knowledge Bank

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Open source software for schools
School environment requires several kinds of software, which can be the grade and timetable tracking software for teachers,  ducational software for classes or the security software. More important is to make educational resources more effective, efficient, and ubiquitous by enhancing communication, and  haring resources, for which this space is advocating the use of some open source and free software, open texts and lessons, and open curricula for the advancement of education and enrichment of school environment.

software open source of all kinds of is a broader index http:/   Freshmeat ( index of educational free software. ) maintains an http://    FSET’s Freeduc (  project. and form a     mmunity around each needed to spread their free software network and software resources  helps developers offering stable software and to host new projects. It both a good place to look for free  software development foundry. It’s  http://   Savannah ( hosts the   / http:/ Foundation ( The Free Software Knoppix GNU/Linux distribution. customization of the popular is a schooloriented )    ebsite in Polish pl/mos/ – http://www.simpst    Linux-EduCD Desktop Environment. based on KDE, the K educational software aims to create free ) Project http://   The KDE Edutainment ( schools. terminal server package designed for an easy to install, Linux-based  K12 Linux Terminal Server Project is ) – the   K12LTSP ( packages. system focused on educational  distribution of the Linux operating ) is a _key=linux com/showparking. php4?domain=    tp://www.sedoparking.    BlueEDU (  audience of children under 10. available software,  ith a target  software reviewing and rating ) promotes free http://     The LinuxForKids site/project ( operating  ystem. with the Debian GNU/Linux  software packaged for use  ) has educationrelated   devel/debian-jr/ http://  project ( The Debian Jr. open source software. is a directory of school-related   seul/)   Application Index ( The SEUL/edu Educational  

Learning Curve
PDAs to mould the personality of high school children
Handheld devices are  oosting interest and results in education among the school children in UK. The initiatives to provide schoolchildren with constant access to information   hrough PDAs are coming with proven results. The handheld device is an  nvaluable means of supporting personalised learning and has become a  uzzword for ensuring the school children not to be treated like homogeneous groups of pupils but more like individuals, with different needs and interests. Some of the free software is so good and powerful that children can handle themselves. However, the devices are considered ideal for secondary schools rather than primary schools

Schools to be digitalised in Nairobi
A plan worth Sh18 billion has been made to equip schools and other education  nstitutions with computers is launched in Nairobi. The National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Strategy for Education and Training plan aims at all educational institutions to be equipped with digital technology equipment in the next five years. It is also meant to ensure that the technology is fully integrated in all academic programmes and school management as well as Ministry of Education departments. It is also meant to ensure that the  echnology is fully integrated in all academic programmes and school  anagement as well as Ministry of Education departments. The plan is jointly prepared by the ministry and the Kenya ICT Trust Fund, which brings together  more than 20 government agencies and private firms. Kenya has 20,000  rimary and 4,302 secondary schools, 641 of them private. The ratio of  omputers to students in public universities stands at one to 45 while in  econdary schools; it stands at one to 120 students.

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